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4 Steps to Trust the Healing Power of Christ

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She trails behind the crowd, uncertain if she should approach. The mass of people surrounding him overwhelms her; she can’t see what he’s doing, where he’s going, let alone hear him speak. She’d heard the reports about Jesus, amazing reports. Of healing, demon-expulsion, miracles. And Lord, did she need a miracle. It had been 12 […]

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4 Ways to Fight Fear with Faith

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It’s not easy to be a Christian today. It never has been. But is it getting harder? In observing the times, there appears to be an increasing tension between those of the Christian faith and those who want to smother any expression of that faith. However, it’s absolutely crucial in this tension for us to […]

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3 Steps to Experience More of the Love of God

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May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. (2 Thessalonians 3:5) Recently, a seminary professor asked 120 of her students this question: “Do you believe God loves you?” Out of 120 Christian students preparing for ministry, how many do you think said yes? Two! The rest gave answers like this: “I […]

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4 Ways to Cultivate a Prayerfully Expectant Heart

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Do you expect God to answer prayer? Or do you, like me, struggle to maintain a prayerfully expectant heart? For years, maybe even decades, Simeon had been waiting for God to fulfill a promise. Was he weary of waiting? I don’t think so. Simeon was a man of faith, “righteous and devout…eagerly waiting for the […]

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4 Ways Jesus Conquered the World

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If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. (John 15:18) A world of hostility toward truth, a world infatuated with sin, a world full of broken people who want to rule themselves—Jesus was born into this world. And if Jesus was received in this way, with hatred, should […]

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6 Ways to Mourn Over Your Sins

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Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4) Spiritual mourning is laden with blessing, and we are to go after it and get as much of it in our lives as we possibly can. The more you know of this mourning, the more joy you will experience in your life. Six […]

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10 Mind-Shifts for Your Fight for Holiness

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I’m sure your battle against sin is similar to mine: You’ve had ups and downs, with different struggles in different seasons. Sometimes you feel powerless to change your deeply ingrained sinful thoughts and habits. Other times encountering a truth from Scripture can prove a real game-changer in your outlook toward sin, and you grow. 10 […]

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4 Ways to Fight the Battles for Christ

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For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12) Daniel faced tremendous political pressure from the members of the king’s court. Brought to Babylon at a young age, […]

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4 Lies Satan Speaks in Darkness

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Have you ever experienced a time when, the more you prayed, the more your troubles seemed to grow? This has been one of those seasons, one that’s lasted nearly decade. Many days it’s a fight, a constant battle, to keep my eyes fixed on God’s truth rather than my trials. Often I give way to […]

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5 Ways Jesus Elevates Your Mundane

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How can the life of Jesus encourage a young mom who changes diapers? As a stay-at-home mother of four, my days are full of mundane tasks—endless cycles of preparation and cleanup for everything from dinner to laundry. Yes, there are tender moments that make it all worthwhile. But it’s easy to feel like the bulk […]