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When Jesus died, He knew something that His followers didn't: He knew that God would raise Him from the dead and bring Him back to life. Because of His sacrifice, we're given the opportunity to be raised from eternal death and given eternal life in heaven, but accepting the salvation He so freely offers us is a choice that each and every person has…
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The story of David and Goliath is a famous example of God defeating a literal giant. But there are countless stories throughout Scripture, throughout history, and throughout each of our lives where God has been faithful to defeat proverbial giants on our behalf. We're going to face trials and tragedies in this world -- Jesus assured us of that -- b…
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God promises to supply all of our needs; if we doubt that, we just need to look at the countless examples in Scripture that demonstrate how He's cared for His people all throughout history. But Jesus teaches that we have more than just physical needs, and unless we eat the spiritual food that nourishes our spiritual needs, we will never be filled.…
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Examine your life as it is right now. Are you holding onto something -- and unwilling to give it to God so that He can bring healing and help you move on? Whether it's our own mistakes from the past, or the hurt caused by someone else's actions towards us, we have to be willing to let go if we want to step into and take hold of the fullness of life…
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Jesus spent His entire time on earth modeling for us what it looks like to live and love outside of the box. Obedience to God draws us out of our comfort zone by necessity, so that He may be glorified and His name may be made known to others. What "box" are you trapped in that's keeping you from surrendering in full obedience to Him?…
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Joseph was just an average guy -- until he decided to trust and obey God, and ultimately became Jesus' earthly father. We might not all be Joseph, but when we become Christians, we cease to become "average Joes". The moment we choose to follow Jesus, God dwells in us through His Spirit and works through us to accomplish extraordinary things.…
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Scripture's filled with stories that sound crazy on the surface, and none more so than the Gospel message of Jesus coming as the Messiah to die for our sins. In fact, 1 Corinthians 1:18 tells us that "the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." We will never convince any…
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Scripture assures us that all the pleasures of this world will never be enough to fix our own brokenness. While it's important to enjoy and appreciate the life that God gives us, we can never lose sight of our role in obeying His commands to pursue Him above all else. Only He can change us from the inside out, and give our lives purpose and meaning…
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We are all going to die one day -- of that much we can be sure -- but not all of us are sure of what will happen to us after death. We have the choice to be assured of our salvation in heaven because of Christ's sacrifice on our behalf, but it's up to us to choose. As the sand falls in our hourglass of a lifetime, our "death wish" should be an eter…
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In the Old Testament, God commanded His people to love Him with all their heart, soul, and strength. In the New Testament, Jesus took it one step further when He commanded us to love others as we love ourselves. The only way for us to obey is to understand the depth of God's love for us, and then to love Him in response. When we do that, we're able…
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Those moments when we trade in our original plans of obedience to God, and exchange them for the temporary and fleeting pleasures of the world, can be huge mistakes that lead to grave consequences. Every choice we make has an impact not just on us but on others -- that's why we've got to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.…
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The way we conduct ourselves on a day-to-day basis is meant to represent the abundant life we have in Christ. That means our lives would ideally model for others what it looks like to serve God. When we have a "model home" in both our family life and our personal life, that attracts others to what we have -- which is God in us -- and they're drawn …
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Scripture tells us that the world is on a wide and easy road to destruction. That's why as followers of Jesus, we're called to take the narrow path. Ours might be a difficult journey filled with trials and testing, but it's worth it for the eternal reward we have in Christ.โดย Richard Ellis
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The worry that we feel is often a direct reflection of our lack of trust in God. When we choose to believe that He knows what's best for us and has good plans for us, He gives us unexplainable peace and the ability to rejoice in all circumstances.โดย Richard Ellis
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Usually the biggest hurdle standing between us and freedom from sin is...ourselves. We have the ability to learn from the consequences we've experienced in the past and recognize the path down which our current struggles are leading us. We can choose to be deceived, or we can choose the path that leads to life in Christ.…
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Satan has only one goal when he tempts you and me into sin: to steal, kill, and destroy our lives. He lures us in with promises that the ways of the world will be fun and fulfilling, but it's all smoke and mirrors. The only way to an abundant and fulfilled life is by submitting to God -- hating what's evil, and clinging to what's good.…
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We can have good things in our lives, but unless they're also God things, they can come between us and Him. Sin struggles, distractions, or even innocent pleasures can be barriers to the life of freedom God has in store for us. It's important to examine our day-to-day living and identify whether we need to do teardown in some areas that are keeping…
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Have you ever been in a situation where you've felt prompted by God to obey Him...and you've felt your neck stiffen because you just don't want to do it? Those are the instances where we need to ask Him to soften us the most! He's going to call us to action in ways that make us uncomfortable, because He has a purpose beyond what we can see, and oft…
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The Christian life is meant to be lived out in community. Those who are more spiritually mature serve as examples to us when they follow Christ and we imitate them. Likewise, there are others who come behind us who can follow us as we grow in our own maturity.โดย Richard Ellis
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The more we come to understand the magnitude of our sin, the more we're able to appreciate the magnitude of the forgiveness God extends to us. He's made a choice to forgive and pardon us. We've received unmerited grace through Christ's death on the cross, a sacrifice that paid the price for all our sin.…
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Religion says that we have to follow manmade rules in order to earn God's love for us. But the Bible assures us that we already have His love. Salvation is a free gift, unmerited and unearned, and once we accept it, we can begin to respond to His love by letting Him live in and through us.โดย Richard Ellis
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Throughout Scripture, God teaches us to pray with persistence. The words we use, big or small, are far less important than the heart behind them -- and whether or not He answers the way we want Him to, He'll transform our hearts through the very process of prayer.โดย Richard Ellis
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God created the entire universe, and expanded it far beyond anything we have yet to discover. He created humanity. He knows all things -- past, present, and future. The idea that we could impress Him with anything we say or do is laughable in comparison. He sent His only Son to cover our sin so that our lives could bring Him glory, not through our …
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Life wasn't meant to be lived in solitude or isolation -- and the same is true for the body of Christ. When we choose to follow Jesus, we become part of God's family. Scripture teaches us the importance of not neglecting to meet together, but it also teaches us the importance of loving one another the way God first loved us.…
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The more we try to be in control of our own lives, the more out of control our lives will become. The more we can learn to trust that God is ultimately in control, the less we'll stop fighting to take over. No matter what comes our way, He's faithful to love us and to meet every need.โดย Richard Ellis
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Men can be a piece of work. Women can be a piece of work. But when both obey the order that God designed for them, they work well together. Though men and women are spiritually equal, He created men to lead, and when we follow His plan as He laid it out for us, it brings immense glory to Him.โดย Richard Ellis
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Words can speak life, or they can speak death and destruction. When we participate in gossip or slander, we're allowing the tongue to destroy not only the person we're talking about, but also our own integrity. The words we choose to use have the power to harm other people or turn them to the Lord; which do we want it to be?…
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God intended for His followers to multiply, and we're His plan to make it happen. One of the signs of a mature believer is that he or she is bearing spiritual fruit and planting the seeds of the Gospel at every opportunity. To do that, it's important to first be growing in Him, staying connected in the Word, and walking with the Spirit.…
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It's likely that many of us are carrying hidden sin through our day-to-day lives. But whatever it is we're hiding will be exposed sooner or later; the only question is, do we want to expose it ourselves or wait until someone else finds out? Whatever we cover God will uncover, but the reverse is also true: whatever we're willing to uncover and surre…
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In a fast-paced culture that thrives on racing to accomplish goals at the cost of relationships, it requires both effort and intention to slow down and spend time with others -- including Jesus. In order to be used effectively by God, we have to first spend time building our relationship with Him.โดย Richard Ellis
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All you have to do is read Scripture to know that from the beginning of Creation, people have used excuses to try to get out of having God use them in miraculous ways. Yet when they were finally willing to be used, God was still willing to use them. He has the power to accomplish what anyone would deem "impossible", and there's no limit to what He …
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Suffering comes in a lot of different forms -- including choosing to do the right thing in the face of temptation. But even Jesus was tempted like we are today, and when we choose to follow Him, we're also choosing to suffer as He suffered. In those moments when we find ourselves facing a moment or a season of weakness, it's important to remember t…
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When Jesus tells His disciples that they're not of this world, He never told them not to be in this world. We're on this earth for a reason, and we can't run away from the sin and struggles that exist because of the broken nature of humanity. It's important, though, that we allow ourselves to be filled with God and His Holy Spirit before we walk ou…
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The Bible is filled with promises from God -- promises that He'll strength us, uphold us, and be with us through all the trials and tribulations this world brings. His grace is sufficient for us in our weaknesses; when we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, He renews the Spirit within us to face any challenge the enemy tries to bring.…
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The story of Daniel in the lions' den is an extraordinary example of what it looks like to obey God even if it means risking one's own life. Our situation might not always look as drastic as Daniel's -- but God might not always rescue us like He did with Daniel, either. At the end of the day, our focus needs to be Kingdom first and not on this worl…
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Scripture tells us that when we give our lives to God, He doesn't just refinish what's here -- He makes us completely new. It takes time for new Christians to grow and mature; that's why we all have a responsibility to be discipled and to disciple others.โดย Richard Ellis
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We tend to gravitate towards people who are a lot like us. After all, that's familiar and comfortable...right? But the closer we get to Jesus, the more "riff raff" people we'll find -- people who God will challenge us to love and accept even though they might think and act differently than us.โดย Richard Ellis
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God doesn't want us to think too much of ourselves -- but He never intended for us to think too little of ourselves, either. When you and I accept His love for us as individual people who were made in His image, then we can start to view ourselves in a correct perspective as valuable to and for Him. And when we allow Him to love us and we respond b…
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When Jesus commanded us to love one another, He knew that would require us to love people who we don't always like. It's easy to love people who think and act like us; it's something entirely different to love people we disagree with or are even repulsed by. But when we love others -- even when it's hard -- we show the world the type of love that G…
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You cannot manufacture the presence of God. When the Holy Spirit fills His people, that's what attracts people to church -- not some fancy building. God can't be contained in manmade walls; He dwells in every believer. May His Spirit be so evident in us that when we're together, people would be able to say, "God is in that house."…
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Proverbs 12:22 tells us, "Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal truthfully are His delight." We not only lie often, but we do it so flippantly, too. If we want to live lives that are pleasing to God then we've got to be truthful to Him and to the people around us -- and that comes from knowing the Truth Himself, Jesus Christ…
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Have you ever considered that jealousy is a disease of the heart and the spirit? The world around us constantly plays the comparison game, feeding a spirit of envy within us and making us feel like what we have isn't enough. Scripture tells us that in Jesus, we have more than we could ever need. When our contentment is found in Christ, it leads to …
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God warns us against sin all throughout Scripture. That's why He's laid out a path for us to avoid the suffering and inevitable consequences that come with disobedience. When we choose to do it His way, we should also be on the lookout to invite anyone who's willing to jump in with us and follow Him.…
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Often we have to win the small battles before we're ready to win the war. If we keep focusing on the "big" sin that we can't seem to shake, we'll keep losing on the small stuff too. Instead of trying to conquer our biggest sin struggle right away, it's sometimes better for us to focus on simpler victories first -- because once we begin to win with …
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How often do we get bogged down and overwhelmed by the things this world throws at us, instead of focusing on what we're here to do? Jesus gave us a job before He left: to take the Gospel to the entire planet. We need to live in the mindset that He can use us to take the world for the Gospel's sake, and when we trust Him to accomplish that goal thr…
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When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our faith becomes a reflection of Him to the people around us. That's why it's critical that we find a local church where we can plug in. God wants to use us to serve in ways that only we can, knowing that He'll use whatever is in our past to touch someone else's life.…
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God invites us to ask Him for anything, and He promises that He'll give us whatever we ask -- according to His will. Like a child asks their parents, He wants us to come to Him in relationship and ask Him. As a loving Father, He knows everything we want and need, but He'll only give us what He knows is best for us.…
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When Jesus rose from the dead, even His own disciples -- those in His inner circle -- doubted Him and raised questions. God's big enough to take on our doubt, but we also have to be ready to put our faith in the truth that He reveals to us. Jesus is alive and He sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us; Hallelujah and Amen!…
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The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the pivotal moment through which all who choose to follow Him now have a way of escape from judgment, sin, and eternal separation from God. And with the resurrection came numerous sightings of the risen Jesus, and numerous attempts to discredit the fact that He rose again. Plots by the enemy to attack those who …
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