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6 Roles of the Holy Spirit in the Christian Life

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“Is he like Casper the Ghost?” my son naively asked about the Holy Spirit. In his attempt to understand the third person of the Trinity he related Him to the closest thing he could think of: a translucent, flying, and friendly apparition. When it comes to the Holy Spirit, many adults may find themselves grappling […]

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5 Ways to Distinguish a True Christian from a Hypocrite

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Consider what William Guthrie says in chapter 5 of his book about the differences between the true Christian and the hypocrite. Here are some ways in which the hypocrite may be like the Christian. 1. A hypocrite may be influenced by the gospel in every part of himself. He may come to great knowledge of […]

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5 Ways to Detect a Modern False Prophet

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False prophets are becoming more prominent in today’s age of tolerance and rebellion against God. This culture is eager for an easy religion – one that requires no effort and offers no consequences. This generation more than any other wants to live however they’d like, without boundaries or authority. Unfortunately, there are plenty of teachers […]

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10 Daily Habits to Draw You Near to God

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Talking about daily habits in Christianity sounds rigid. It sounds like bordering on religion rather than the relationship God has called us to. And yet, these daily habits are not a checklist. They are either steps that Jesus modeled for us in his own life or steps that the Bible tells us we should take […]

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10 Sins that Clutter the Heart (and How to Remove Them)

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Although transgressions like bitterness, jealousy, and unforgiveness are often discussed, let’s look at a few other sins – ones that blend in with the current culture and may be hidden within hearts and justified in behaviors. Below are 10 sins that may be cluttering your heart as well as biblical insight in how to remove […]

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5 Amazing Attribute of God’s Love

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Everything He has ever done has been out of love.Here are several key implications that this attribute of God has for believers today. 1. We can trust in God’s love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 gives several descriptions of love: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not […]

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5 Ways to Take Up Our Cross and Follow Jesus

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Dancing. Regina was…dancing. It was 1997, shortly after we at Thistle Farms opened our first home to provide sanctuary for survivors of addiction, trafficking, and prostitution. One evening as I walked past the house, I saw through the open window that one of our residents, Regina, was dancing. Regina came to us from years on […]

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7 Ways to Keep the Faith When the Worst in Life Hits

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Turning the key to the glass door, we opened it to survey the now vacant church building that lay before us. The insurance office we had transformed into a church was eerily quiet after months of laughter and sermons preached. Today was the last time we would ever open those doors. After five and a […]

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8 Reasons God Won’t Give Up On You

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One of the greatest lies the enemy throws our way is that there’s a limit on how many times we can ask for forgiveness. If the enemy can get us to believe that, then we will be caught in a cycle of fear and hopelessness. But God stands, arms open wide, extending the greatest gift […]

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