The Struggle for a Greater Experience of God

Why Don’t I Feel God? I don’t know about you, but one of my deepest desires is to experience God – to be filled with joy when praying, reading His Word, and following Him in the daily grind.   If you share this with me (or something like this), then you’ve undoubtedly felt the lack…

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Pursuing God When You Don’t Want To

The Pursuit of God Let’s face the reality: we don’t consistently pursue God.   We can define pursuing God as consciously thinking, speaking, and acting in such a way that demonstrates our love for God and others. So, the only time when we’ll be able to pursue God this way consistently will be in heaven.…

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Where’s the Fear of God?

We Need the Fear of God “…the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” (Psalm 147:11) The idea and reality of the fear of God isn’t talked about a lot in today’s church. When it is, it’s usually followed by, “Not the scary kind of fear,…

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Ep. 088: Godly Productivity with Tim Challies

September is a mini January. We start college, university, new jobs, new programs – just lot’s of new things! Even if they aren’t necessarily new, most organizations understand September to be a new and fresh time to unveil opportunities, etc. What’s so crucial as we begin things anew, is doing things productively. And not just…

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You’re Not Going to Mature Overnight

The Epidemic of Impatience For many Christians, they want their spiritual growth like their food: fast and good quality.   Our culture has brought up Millennials (including myself) to want and expect things fast. Not just fast, but of good quality too. When a new app comes out, a new Netflix series, a new Facebook…

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The Uncomfortable Gift of Mercy

Gifts that Hurt Have you ever received a gift that hurt?   Maybe you’ve received a diet plan, a gym membership, or breath mints. Usually when we open gifts we’re hoping that they’re things we want, not necessarily what we need. When someone does gift us with something we need, our natural response is one…

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James, Faith and Works

Knowledge and Practice of the Word There is no greater balance within the Christian faith than knowledge of the Word and practice of the Word. An important verse in James, along with the entire New Testament, is James 1:22 when James writes, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”  …

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Faith, Love & Hope

Multiple times in the New Testament we read of faith, hope, and love in the same thought (1 Corinthians 13:13, 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 5:8-9, 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4, Jude 22-21). Why is this? Because faith, hope, and love play an essential role in the life of the believer. [Now, just as a reminder, you can only…

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Crucified and Alive

A few of the most profound truths of being a Christian are found in what Paul writes to the Galatian Church: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the…

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