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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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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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Living As Forgiven People

They say that hurt people, hurt people. The same can be said of forgiven people – they forgive. When we realize that we truly are forgiven we’re able to forgive the people who wrong us. There is so much freedom in that. But sometimes forgiveness doesn’t feel like freedom, it feels like a heavy burden. Maybe you’ve had a time in your life...

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5 Things Jesus Didn’t Say on the Cross

Pain doesn't usually bring about our finest moments. When things turn nasty, it's usually not long before we say something we regret. The words Jesus spoke on the cross reveal the beauty and selflessness of His character. But what He didn't say on the cross also speaks volumes to us who live in a culture full of complainers. Here are a six things...

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What I’m Learning From Lent

I don’t know what your experience with Lent is like but Lent does not come easily to me. I was raised in a tradition where Lent was something those other people did. It was brushed aside as unnecessary. As a child, Lent was for kids who couldn’t eat chocolate or had to swear off TV for 40 days! I was glad to be well free of it. But as an adult...

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Why Bother With Church?

Did you go to church this week? When Gallup pollsters ask Americans that question about 40% say, “yes”. But further research has found that what we say we do and what we actually do differs, by quite a lot. An article from Christianity Today noted that, “Kirk Hadaway, an Episcopal Church researcher, argues that the actual attendance rate is...

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Grace Still Means Saying “I’m Sorry”

I used to have a professor who was fond of reminding his classes, “Christ died to make us perfect!” But I have a problem: I’m not perfect. In fact, I am far from it. Perhaps because I am so aware of God’s desire that I forsake sin and follow Him perfectly, it breaks my heart even more that I still find myself choosing sin. I am still...

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