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Conflict is Inevitable

Let me get right to the point, conflict for the Christian is inevitable. Lately I’ve heard far too many Christians say, “I don’t want any conflict.” I know what most people mean when they say that—“I want to live peaceably and I don’t want to be argumentative,” or they don’t want to be combative, and […] Continue reading…

Choosing the Divine Appointment

 Hebrews 2:11 reminds us of Jesus’ humanity. Like you, and me, Jesus knew what it meant to be tired. John 4:6 tells us, “Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well.”  Pastor Jon Courson wrote, “He knows how it feels to be bone-tired. I’m glad about that because I feel that […] Continue reading…

Getting Out of Our Comfort Zones

 Jesus asks us to get out of our comfort zone in many of His parables. None if more challenging than the parable of the lost sheep in John 15: 3–7.  In this parable He clearly shows us a man out of his comfort zone. He had ninety-nine sheep all safe and tucked in the pen. […] Continue reading…

We All Have a Story to Tell

 All of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior have a story to tell. Yet, most people don’t. We often think, “It’s the preacher’s job.” But in all reality, it’s everyone’s responsibility (really privilege). George Barna wrote, “One of the common reactions of Christians is that they do not need to engage in […] Continue reading…

Don’t Be The Frog in the Kettle

If you place a frog into a kettle of boiling water, the frog will jump out quickly to escape the danger. The frog knows that it’s boiling hot and he needs to get out of there. However, if you place a frog into a kettle with cool water and then just gradually turn up the […] Continue reading…

8 Ways God Heals Your Brokenness

  The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Philippian church makes God’s role in our healing process abundantly simple and clear. He wrote, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” God, in His incredible love for you will meet your need. He will replace […] Continue reading…

Four Steps for Beginning the Healing Process

 Whatever the struggle we are facing, there are spiritual principles that help us begin the process of healing.  Let me share with you four steps that I feel are critically important: Confess and repent of sinful behavior. We need to speak aggressively against the stronghold that has us under its control. These are not passive […] Continue reading…

The Power of Forgiveness and Restoration

 David was a man after God’s own heart. Yet, his life reflects a man of deep passions that led him to sin. One well-document incident is his discretion with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11 and 12). While his army is our fighting David stays home and this leads to him committing adultery and setting in motion […] Continue reading…

Righteous Judgment: Discernment not Condemnation

  Judging is prominent in our culture today. Shows like American Idol and the Voice have opened the door to everyone being a judge of performance or style. We see commentators on news media judging events, people, speeches, press conferences and the weather. We even watch as people’s moral behavior is judged often against a […] Continue reading…

Avoiding the Ever-Present Danger

 As the apostle Paul begins to wrap up his epistle to the Romans he writes, “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them (Romans 16:17 NKJV).” Here, at the end of this incredible book, he’s urging the church to grow up […] Continue reading…

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