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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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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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God Has Bigger Plans For You

Kelley Myles decided to start expecting more from God. Way more. She saw God use people around her, so why wasn’t she getting those opportunities? Kelley knew how to share her faith but it just wasn’t something she did very often. She knew that her vision of how God could use her was too small. It was time to overcome fear and make sharing...

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Holy, Holy, Holy

“See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Isaiah 6:6 Holy, Holy, Holy is a famous hymn, but we're pretty sure you’ve never heard it like this before.* As you listen, we hope you'll recapture the wonder of knowing your Holy God. Inspired by Isaiah’s encounter with God in the Holy of...

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How to Start a Spiritual Conversation

Have you ever set up a friend on a blind date?  You probably didn’t do it this way:  “Josh, meet Sandra.  Sandra is amazing.  I know you’ll love her.  In fact, you should just marry her tomorrow.” Sounds crazy, right?  Even if you were sure your friends were a perfect fit you’d expect them to get to know each other before diving...

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How to be Sure You Are a Christian

If you died right now, how sure would you be that you'd go to heaven? 99%, 50%, 25% ? A lot of Christians doubt whether they are truly saved and right with God. Sometimes we look at the shameful habits we still have and question whether God is really in our lives. Even if we try to be perfect Bible-reading, evangelizing, church-attending...

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5 Steps to Loving Someone You Don’t Really Like

Jesus revolutionized love. He showed us that to love we often have to disregard personal comfort and convenience. Jesus demonstrated love to the fullest, putting it into action even when it was really painful. No one forced Jesus to leave heaven and come to earth. But His love compelled him. He didn’t want to just stand by and watch the world...

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This Pastor is Getting a Divorce and Now I Want One Too

Last week, I read Jarrid Wilson's article in which he admitted to an unhealthy, destructive relationship. He could see the potential that relationship had to destroy not only his marriage, but his relationship with God, so he was ready to end it. The culprit? His cell phone. I felt a stab of convicting guilt. That same day, I was having lunch...

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