Powerful Morning Prayers

Seven Prayers to Start Your Day with God

Are you a morning person? We live in a culture that is increasingly time conscious. We realize that we cannot create time, we can only manage what we fill it with. No matter what your schedule looks like — No matter what time your day starts and ends — it’s important to start it with […]

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A GENTLER LIFE

Five Ways to a Gentle Life

The 20th Century was one of the most violent periods in human history. Plagued by two world wars, genocide, infanticide, and holocaust just to name a few, the last century was one we’d like to forget. Jesus called for a gentler way of life. First and foremost, he called us to love each other. How […]

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FAITH AND MENTAL ILLNESS

5 Helpful Reminders for Those Who are Suffering

Mental health is big news these days. Advocacy groups are working hard to secure the rights of those who suffer from debilitating mental health issues. Unfortunately, there is still a silencing stigma associated with mental health. Where is the church? What would Jesus do for the person suffering from poor mental health?   Jesus and […]

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LIVING IN THE PRESENT

Five Ways to Not Let Life Pass You By

It’s hard to live in the now. Life is moving so quickly these days that it seems to zoom by at head-spinning speed. In spite of that, now is all we’re guaranteed. How can I change that? How can I make sure that life doesn’t pass me by?   Living in the Now I’ve never […]

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CHEATER! CHEATER!

Three BIG Problems with Cheating

The college entrance cheating scam has probably just scratched the surface. If it was happening at the elite universities so far discovered, it’s probably happening at others. Some are justifiably outraged. I think a lot of people are shrugging their shoulders and saying, no big surprise. Money doesn’t talk – it screams. What did Jesus […]

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THREE POWERFUL MEDITATIONS

Find Strength for Living by Meditating on God's Word

Some conservative Christians are fearful of practicing meditation because of the central role it plays in many near eastern mystical religions. The New Age movement hit America by storm and scared Christians away from the Christian discipline of meditation. Meditation is simply the act of thinking deeply on one thing. Don’t overcomplicate it.   Meditation […]

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CHRISTIAN CELEBRATION

Seven Ways to Practice Celebration

The latest polls indicate that the popularity of Jesus is on the rise, while that of his followers is in rapid decline. The world looks at Christians and doesn’t see anything very attractive. In part, there are too many angry Christians who walk around with a frown on their faces. That’s unfortunate because one of […]

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STARVING FOR GUIDANCE

The Desperate Need for Spiritual Guidance

We live in a culture starving for guidance. The life coaching and mentoring business rakes in millions and millions each year. People are desperate for help in this fast-paced, crazy world where they are having to make life-changing decisions at the speed of light. How does the spiritual discipline of guidance help?   Guidance as […]

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WORSHIP AS DISCIPLINE

Seven Steps to Experience True Worship

Worship is probably the most familiar of the Spiritual Disciplines. Part of our history as a country was the fight for the freedom to worship God without government interference. The ability to express our love for God in our own heart language is essential to our spiritual health. God loves to hear our worship. What […]

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CONFESSION AS LIBERATION

The Liberating Act of Taking Sin Seriously

Jesus’ central mission was to clear a path for God’s forgiveness. At the heart of God’s relationship to us is his desire to give and forgive. That forgiveness comes to us when we repent, confess our sins, and ask God to forgive us. Confession is liberating! What is the critical role of confession for the […]

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