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Mary's Song: Part 3: God's Blessings

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Mary wrote a song in the book of Luke. In her song she explains 5 reasons why she accepted God's destiny for her life, even though it would bring her criticism. Here is her third reason: 3. Because it is the key to BLESSING. I want God's blessing on my life. I want God's blessing on your life. But the key to God's blessing is to go with his destiny for our life. God ...

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Mary's Song: Part 2: God Cares

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Yesterday we took a look at a song that Mary (Jesus' mother) wrote in the book of Luke. In the song, she gives us 5 reasons why she accepted God's destiny for her life. We can learn from her, as we have our own choice to either follow God's plan for our life or follow our own plan. We can either live for ourselves, or we can live to please God. If you missed the first par...

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Mary's Song: Part 1

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Luke 1:34-35 Mary asked the angel, "But how can this happen? I am a virgin." The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God." Why did God choose Mary over all the women on the planet? Why Mary? It wasn't because of her education. She had n...

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7 Steps to Less Conflict this Holiday Season

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How do you keep family dysfunction from ruining your Christmas season? What decisions can you make to bring peace into your holiday celebration this year? Matt. 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God." 1. I MAKE THE FIRST MOVE We make the first move. We don't wait on somebody else. We take the initiative. God expects us to make the f...

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Contentment on Black Friday

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Today is Black Friday. A day centered around "getting" and "wanting." And,while there is nothing wrong with taking advantage of a good Amazon deal, today is an opportunity to look at our priorities. Today is a great day to take a look at and evaluate our level of contentment. The Bible tells us to be content with anything. A lot of people think contentment means having ha...

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Family Matters

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There are only two ways to get into a family. You can either be born into it, or you can be adopted into it. The Bible says God does both for you. It's called being born again, AND it's called being adopted into the family of God. God does them both. The significance of this metaphor in the Bible is that, in Roman law during the New Testament, you could actually disown a ...

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What to Do When You Don't Feel Thankful

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We are entering a season where we pause and give thanks. But, what if you don't feel thankful? What do you do during Thanksgiving if you are in a season of waiting? Waiting for a promise to be fulfilled. Waiting for a prayer to be answered. How can you be grateful in the middle of a delay? Here's the truth. You don't have to be grateful FOR all situations, but you can be ...

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4 Truths About Wealth

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Where do you find your security? A stable job? Your 401K? Your government? Whatever we put our security in ends up being our god. Most people live their lives with the belief that building wealth will bring more satisfaction, significance, or security into their lives. Before we dive in, I want to highlight that scripture tells us that money IS NOT the root of all evil, i...

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4 Healthy, Godly Ways to Handle Money

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Yesterday's blog was about finding your security in God, not your wealth. But, what does God want us to do with our money? I mentioned that scripture tells us that the root of all evil IS NOT money. The root of all evil is the LOVE of money. There are healthy, godly ways to handle wealth. Here are four of them: 1. God Wants Me To Be GRATEFUL. God wants us to apprecia...

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Don't Lose This...

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The two easiest mistakes you can make in life are forgetting your identity, who you are, and losing your focus, what God put you here on earth to do. It is so easy to forget your identity and lose your focus. Your focus can be lost in a matter of moments. I've seen people who started out so right in life. They were raised right, they were on the right path, and somehow t...

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Escaping Unhealthy Thought Patterns

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Your thoughts matter. Did you know that your thoughts create patterns in your brain? Every time you think a thought it creates an electrical current across your brain. When you think a thought it creates a pattern. You think it again, a bigger pattern. When you think a thought a thousand times, it creates a rut. Some of you have a Grand Canyon of doubt in your mind. Some o...

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You Reap what You Sow

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We are in the season of harvest. Around this time of year there are harvest festivals all over the place. Scripture uses the analogy of harvest and the law of the harvest all throughout scripture. It talks about reaping what you sow. Maybe you have heard that saying before. But, did you know this analogy has a very practical spiritual application to it? The truth is, what...

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3 Ways to Show God Your Gratitude

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You can spell "grace," G-R-A-C-E as God's Riches At Christ's Expense. In light of what Jesus Christ has done for us, what should be our response? How can we show our gratitute to God? "You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich." 2 Cor. 8:9 What do I owe Jesus ...

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The Greatest Adventure

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What's the greatest thing you can do with your life? Serve God. We are saved to serve. You might be thinking: How in the world do I do that? How can I serve God? I can't even see him. How do you serve an invisible God? Jesus teaches that we serve God by serving others. He said, even if we give a cup of water to somebody who's thirsty, and we do it in the name of Jesus, t...

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3 Myths About Spiritual Growth

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Most of us would say that we want to grow spiritually... but what does that look like? How do you actually measure growth? Ephesians 4:22-24 "Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like Godtruly righteous a...

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