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Spiritual Multiplication

A little flame can start something big. A flame loses nothing by giving its light to another candle. In the same way, we lose nothing by sharing our faith with others. It is only strengthened. When the stakes are so high, this call can seem discouraging. In those times we need a reminder of the call and the promise we’ve been given.  In The...

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We Can Face It Together

We live in a world that encourages us to pretend. We don’t want people to think we’re a mess so we keep things hidden. We fear what our friends and family might think if they knew what’s really going on so we keep up the smiles. “I’m fine…OK…great…. How are you?” But Jesus frees us to be ourselves. He accepts us warts and...

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What Happens to those Seeds You Plant?

When I get to heaven, I imagine Jesus pressing play on the highlight reel of my life. The dots will align. Intricately woven plot lines will merge into one story—God’s story of how He used me for His glory despite my weakness. I'll see the ripple effect of every act of service and every time I shared Christ with others. Tremendous joy...

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Smile! Jesus Loves You!

When I think about evangelism I’m often tempted to make it into this really complicated thing. That way I can convince myself that I should leave it to my pastor to do - after all, he’s got the degree! Evangelism doesn’t have to be hard. In this video Steve Berg shares a story of a spiritual conversation that started with a simple...

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Looking for a Way out of Resentment

“Will you always be my stepmom?” Down went the clean laundry I was busy folding.  I looked up.  My stepson was watching me intently.  It was just the two of us, in a rare bit of quiet.  I searched for an answer. “Well, I will be your stepmom as long as your daddy and I are married.”  I wanted to be accurate, but also reassuring....

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Tonia’s Story – God Met Me In Prison

Sometimes God finds us in expected places. Tonia was sitting in a jail cell, all alone, when she heard God whisper, “I’m here with you.” She remembers walking into court that day expecting an entirely different outcome. Tonia knew she was guilty, but her lawyer had told her that jail time was unlikely. There would be community service, a...

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Six Myths About the Abundant Life

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10b) Abundant life. We talk about it. Sing about it. Pray for it. Books and conferences promise it. But what is it really? There are so many different ideas about how to live the abundant life, so here’s a look at six myths Christians often believe. When we sort...

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The End of Our Exile

Guilt. I feel its sting in the aftermath of the stupid choices I make. In those moments, it can feel like God is a thousand miles away and that He’s not interested in hearing how I’ve blown it again. I can get stuck in a catch-22, trying to clean myself up first before I talk to the only One who can actually purify me. When guilt causes us...

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