Spiritual Growth

Living the Spirit-Filled Life

How would you describe your current experience as a Christian? Growing. Frustrated. Disappointing. Fulfilled. Forgiven. Stuck. Struggling. Joyful. Defeated. Exciting. Up and down? Do you desire more? Jesus said, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of...

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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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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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