Faith

Faith

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The Money Worry

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about…
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Showing Empathy as Christians

Empathy is one of those things that are easier said than done. It’s easy to say you feel sorry for someone without walking in their shoes. For the past year, I have been learning how to be empathetic toward others while at the same time maintaining my beliefs as a Christian. When I got evicted last summer, it felt like my whole world had shattered. I was convinced that God wouldn’t let me move out of Jacksonville, Florida for another…
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What the Bible Says About Itself on the Inerrancy and Inspiration of Scripture

The Bible is the Word of God and is totally inerrant, infallible, inspired, truthful, eternal, sufficient, and authoritative. Even though they were initially written by men, the original autographs of the sixty-six books of Scripture are “God-breathed” by the Holy Spirit and are true in all things and perform, declare, and function, with the authority of the Lord’s own words. Now, I’m not going to argue from the Bible itself that the Bible is the genuine Word of God. That…

Build Your Own Bible: What is My “Dream Bible”?

BYOB: Build Your Own Bible! Here’s a cool little exercise: if you could put together your “dream Bible”, what would it look like? Think hard and see what you come up with what would be the “ultimate,” all-purpose, everyday Bible for you. Do you have a preferred translation, features, or look and feel for what best suits you? If you had absolute total control over all of the different publishing houses like Zondervan, Crossway, Thomas Nelson, and others, and get…
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Doxologies in the Bible – Both the Old and New Testaments

What is a Doxology? To many Christians, you may not have heard the term “doxology” before or know what it means. Well, if you’ve scoured through the New Testament, in particular, you’ve definitely come across several doxologies, whether or not you recognized them. The term doxology comes from the Ancient Greek words meaning “glory” and “saying,” so in a sense, one is saying glorious things to God. In other words, a doxology is a short hymn of praises to God.…

For Better Or For Worse

I hear a lot of people compare a relationship with God to marriage. I have never been married, but I see why marriage has been used as a metaphor for a life as a Christian. Marriage is a life of great suffering and great joy. Men are commanded to love their wives as Christ loves the church. Christ was willing to suffer with us even at our worse. God is ready to celebrate us when we are at our best…

Do We Really Love Others? Then Why Don’t We Evangelize More Often?

“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!” – Charles Spurgeon I cannot stress enough how important it is to evangelize and build up disciples regularly. We, as Christians, have been entrusted with the Message of everlasting life through Jesus Christ. Billions of people will die and perish in an eternity in hell unless we as the Body of Christ tell others about Christ. It’s as simple as that, and…
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Ask for Wisdom

Proverbs 2:6-7 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright” [NIV]. If you want wisdom, ask the Lord because He not only possesses wisdom, but He is wisdom! I know what it’s like to do it in my own strength, but once I let go of human intellect, I find Heavenly wisdom that beats any worldly wisdom. He gives wisdom (which creates success) to the “upright,” according…

Men, Here’s How to Never Lose Your Wife Or Your Girlfriend

Christian men, I have to be blunt here. When it comes to most of us and the opposite sex, our approach is downright deplorable. More than ever, we that call ourselves followers of Jesus need genuine, rock-solid advice on how to improve our relationships with our wives and girlfriends. For whatever reason, most men feel like taking in useful marriage and dating guidance is not worth the effort. Quite often, we would rather toss back a few cold ones with…
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Keep Paddling

We all have good days, but we also have bad days. Don’t let the bad days overthrow you like a rocky current on a river! Please remember to keep paddling! I remember this story told to me by a man who was an expert at canoeing. He told me he was canoeing down a canal, and the wind was coming from an unusual direction, making it hard to canoe down this tight space with the wind blowing right at him.…

Exercise Your Access

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:15-16 [ESV] The Lord Jesus Christ, as the High Priest seated at the right hand of the Father, is one of…
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The Weight of Water

A pastor once gave an illustration in a sermon. The usual glass of water rested on his pulpit in case he needed to quench his thirst, but this time out, the pastor intended for this object to prove a conscious point. He picked up the glass and asked, “Folks, how much do you think this glass of water weighs? Note that it is plain, old water. How much does it weigh?” After several moments of awkward silence, the pastor encouraged…
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Good and Faithful Servant

How do we rest when this world is so busy? The answer is quite simple yet hard to implement at times. But while we “stay” busy, we “remain” in Him. It doesn’t necessarily mean we are less busy but more “intentionally” focused on the work of the Lord. Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the…
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Why You Should Grow Your Roots Wide With Christ

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8 [ESV] Agricultural analogies are often given in the Bible because they work well at explaining spiritual concepts in a…
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It’s a Good Idea to Pray Because He Understands

Some days are hard. Let’s just face it. So how do we overcome the loneliness and the disappointments of our day? This may seem like an obvious Christian response but hear me out; let’s pray to God about it! Not just pray with a few words but converse with our Heavenly Father in a long and depth way. The church and people have hurt me, so it’s easy to settle to speaking to God in a few words or not…
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Book Review – Winning the War in Your Mind by Craig Groeschel

Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, by Craig Groeschel 2021. Zondervan, 246 pages. Retail cost $17.99 (US), $23.99 (CAN) Have you ever sat down and asked yourself, “What lies am I currently believing?” or “How often do I think about what I’m thinking about?”. These and other questions are addressed and answered in Craig Groeschel’s newest book: Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life. Groeschel, Pastor of Life.Church and New…