We all want our lives to matter. It’s the reason we do the things we do. We chase promotions and leadership positions because we want to make a difference. We encourage our kids to go to college, get a good job, and make lots of money, in hopes that they, too, will make a difference. […]
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If you’ve spent some time reading the Bible and trying to study God’s word, you’ve probably experienced this situation: You begin reading a passage and the first few verses are uncomplicated and straightforward. “Don’t be anxious about tomorrow.” Got it. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, you come across a verse that leaves you with a […]
Have you ever let distraction, routine or maybe pride block your relationship with the Lord? I have. Here are 10 practical tips to help you get spiritually unstuck.
Salvation is a starting point, not a destination. Just as relationships with other people grow over time, your relationship with Jesus grows over time as we follow Him.
Ever tried to share your faith and had someone argue with you about it? Scared to share Jesus because you may not be accepted by your friends or family if you do? Maybe you’ve shared your faith and they just don’t get it…they just keep arguing with you about it. The number one thing you […]
Have you ever wondered why Christians eat a small piece of bread and drink a sip of wine (or grape juice) in some church services? You’re not alone. For thousands of years, the Church has continued a practice called communion, or depending on different church traditions, the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist. Communion uses bread […]
The phrase “quiet time” is tossed around causally in most Christian circles. But if you didn’t grow up in church, you’re probably wondering the same thing we’ve all wondered at some point: What does the phrase “quiet time” actually mean? And what does it practically look like to spend time with God? Most of us […]
1. What is baptism? Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34). Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of […]
“The only person you can trust is yourself”…”I’ve got to look out for number one (me!)”…or “I’m independent.” Sound familiar? What if I told you the goal of the Enemy was to influence you into isolation? God created us to live in relationship with Him and in community with other believers. The Bible says that God […]
Do you know God loves you? The Bible makes this clear in passages like John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:4-5; 1 John 4:9-11. And in spite of your sinfulness, He desires that you be reconciled back to Him (Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19), so that you might enjoy a relationship with Him in this life and […]