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14 spiritual disciplines

“Train yourself to be godly”(1 Timothy 4:7). What does your training plan include? See 7 disciplines of abstinence and 7 disciplines of activity. Continue reading

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How does God bring us to maturity?

Use this for a small group series or a sermon series. Seven primary resources for spiritual maturity. Continue reading

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How to be a caring friend

Guidelines for being a caring friend – especially when offering counsel to others.

Answers won’t help if we don’t understand the actual problem. Sympathetic and discerning ears are key to caring for others. Continue reading

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Parable of the unworthy servant

The attitude of true followers of Jesus. Continue reading

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What to expect as a Christian

Along with forgiveness, restored fellowship with God, and joy, you’ll experience several new desires.  Continue reading

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Why keep on praying (4 reasons)

This kind of prayer seems confusing so allow me to share some insights… Continue reading

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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? Prayer is an appeal to one who can do what I cannot do and what others won’t do.

Consider two people from opposite ends of the continuum of power and privilege: a corrupt Judge and a persistent widow.
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Give up all your possesions?

What did Jesus mean that no one can be his 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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