Category Archives: Christian life

Four servants of God who battled fierce despair

Four servants of God. Each one reached an extremely low point in life. All of them felt that life was no longer worth living. Continue reading

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Never give up on prayer

Why does God allow perseverance in prayer to be part of our experience with Him? Prayer is an appeal to one who can do what I cannot do and what others won’t do. Continue reading

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Have you given up all your possesions?

What did Jesus mean “no one can be my disciple who does not give up all his possessions”? Continue reading

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Extravagantly thankful?

What if God made you live today on only those things you thanked Him for yesterday?

Where’s my tooth brush? Oh, I forgot to thank God for it yesterday.

“Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace.” Continue reading

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Why Pray? (10 reasons)

Why pray? Consider 10 reasons for praying. Continue reading

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What Jesus did not do

One of the things I love about Jesus is his refusal to be defined by the prejudicial social pressures of his day.  Continue reading

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When you feel like getting revenge

Seven responses when you feel like getting revenge.  Continue reading

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True followers of Christ

Consider how eight blessings (which we call beatitudes) present in a logical, interrelated sequence the character qualities of normal Christianity.  Continue reading

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The true problem with lust

Which is worse the Animal self or the Diabolical self? Who is nearer to hell a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church or a prostitute? The sins of the flesh are bad but are they the least bad of all sins? Continue reading

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7 resources for spiritual maturity

Spiritual growth requires looking ahead and looking back. Continue reading

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