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I’m Just a Sinner Saved By Grace…Or Am I?

I get accused a lot of not believing in grace, and I mean…A LOT. Allow me to clear the air here for a second: I’m just a sinner saved by grace. I can make that statement without zero hesitations, zero apologies, and zero second-thoughts. As a matter of fact, I feel like it’s really, really …

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What Does God Require From Me?

As we try to live our lives for God, the question can be daunting: What does God require from me…really? The easy answer is that He requires everything. He wants our lives. He wants our hearts. He wants our perfect obedience. That’s not wrong, but wouldn’t it be better if we could just ask Him …

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If Gratitude Leads to Generosity, How Do I Develop a Gratitude Mindset?

By all accounts, the holiday season is one of the most charitable times of the year. According to at least one report, volunteerism typically increases by nearly 50% this time of year.  That’s different from charitable giving, which can be skewed by people wanting to lower their tax hit. Volunteerism means people are giving their …

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Traditional vs. Progressive Christianity: Which One Should I Choose?

How we approach the Bible is of eternal importance. And in today’s world, most people have a traditional vs progressive Christianity mindset. You’re either a progressive Christian who views the Bible through a lens that changes with the culture, or you’re a traditional Christian, who holds fast to the Bible as it is — maybe …

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Three Practical Questions About Forgiveness

People have lots of questions about forgiveness.  Rightfully so, considering Jesus explicitly says that our own forgiveness hinges on it. In Matthew 6:15, Jesus says “If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” No exceptions. Full stop. If you don’t forgive other people, you should absolutely, without question, brutally …

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The Power of Josiah’s Reforms…and Mine

By anyone’s estimate, Josiah is one of the top five kings of Judah. His youth, his devotion to God, and his aggressiveness in reforming the nation is impressive — even more so, considering he had virtually no examples to look to for guidance. His father Ammon was an incredibly wicked king — one of the …

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How Great Thou Art

In the late 1880’s, a Swedish preacher was walking home from his office when he was caught in a violent thunderstorm. The rains came crashing down, the wind picked up, and he thought his life was surely over. Then, just as quickly as the storm sprang up, it was over. The heavens opened up, the …

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Is Being a Coward a Sin?

In Revelation 21:8, there are a whole list of sins that will prevent someone from entering Heaven. Many of them are understandable. Immoral people. Liars. Idolaters. Sorcerers. Murderers. But the very first one on the list is surprising: Cowardice? Not only does that idea seem out of place, but it also seems remarkably common. I’ve …

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How to Handle Sanballat and Tobiah

We all have a Sanballat in our life. If you’ve been a Christian for any period of time, you’ve most likely had somebody try to discourage you along the way. Whether they tried to kill your enthusiasm for your work, stir up rumors about your inefficiency (or loyalty), or tell you that something can’t be …

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Where Did All the Faith Healers Go?

With over 250 million cases and more than five million deaths worldwide, it’s safe to say that Covid-19 is one of the worst health crises in world history. But while the death toll continues to climb, one group has the unique advantage of stepping forward into the spotlight and proving their validity once and for …

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