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How Do I Help a Friend Who's in Shock?


Galatians 6:2 "Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ." Whatis the law of Christ?Loveyourneighborasyourself.Anytime youhelpsomebodyinpain, youhelpsomebody inshock, you arelovingyourneighbor as yourself. Howdo I help a friend who's in shock? 1.I canSHOWup. That's thefirstthingyou do.You justshowup.Youdon'tstandon thesidelines.Youdon'twaitfor...

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Are You Depending on God?


Have you ever gone through something and someone told you that,"you just have to depend on God." This is true. But, what does depending on God look like, practically when you need help. When you need answers. When nothing makes sense.Yes, you need to depend on God, but first you need to know what depending on God means. Depending on God means trusting him fortoday. No...

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To Reduce Stress Think About These Things


You can't reduce stress in your life unless you change how you think. Our stress doesn't come from the outside but from the inside. Thestressand ourwarwithstressin our life, thatwar, thatbattleis going on between our ears. It's in ourthoughtlife.It's it ourmind.Ourwarwithstressiswonorlostin ourmind. What wefillourmindwith willdeterminethelevelofstress in our life. The Bi...

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Choose Kindness


1 Cor. 13:4 "Love is kind." 1 Corinthians 10:24b "Look out for the good of others"

Kindness always begins with genuinely seeing people. Not looking at their flaws or differences, but just seeing them as a person who deserves your kindness. Seeing them as a person that God loves. The truth is, you will never look into the eyes of someone whom God ...

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Counter Culture: Responding to Unfairness


How should we respond to unfairness in life? The world says get even. But, what does God say? Here are three ways Christians are called to respond to unfairness, all of which are counter culture. 1.ACCEPT ITGRACEFULLY With God's grace.Don't be surprised when people treat you unfairly.Jesus said it's going to happen.He said,"In the world you will have trouble."And we liv...

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When You're Tempted to Isolate Yourself


Isolation can be a dangerous way to cope with pain. Isolation takes away your perspective. In isolation you can't see that God loves you, and you can't feel the love of others. When you get hurt the natural reaction is to pull into a shell, build up giant walls around yourself and say, "I'm never going to let another man hurt me again.That was too painful." When, in fac...

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How Can We Store Up Treasures in Heaven?


When I am generous I invest in my eternal home.When yougive time, money or energy, you areinvesting in youreternal home.Jesus called this principle "storing up treasure in heaven." And, he didn'tjust use this phrase once or twice.Jesus said the phrase "store up for yourselves treasure in heaven," six times!Anytime Jesus says anything over and over like this,we should proba...

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Want to Be Happy? Give Your Life Away


"If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live"(Mark 8:35 TLB).

God wired the universe so that happiness does not come from status, salary, sex, or success.Happiness comes from service. It comes from being generous with your tim...

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Love is Learned

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"Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God"(1 John 4:7 NLT).

Love is a skill. If you struggle to love well, here's some good news: Love is learned!
That means the more you practice, the better you will become at it. No matter how you've loved or been loved in the past...

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Embrace Your SHAPE


What passions has God given you? What abilities? Experiences? How are you using them to glorify him? Are you keeping all of your talents to yourself, or are you using them to serve and help others? There are billions of people on this planet right now, and there's not a single one of them like you. Every one of us is completely different. We're all unique. God does not ma...

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Someone Needs YOUR Story


So many people feel hopeless today. As a pastor I talk to them all the time."My life is out of control! I can't seem to change. Nothing seems to work. Life has kicked the hope out of me. I feel trapped. I'm trapped in a hopeless marriage. I'm trapped in a hopeless career. I'm trapped in a hopeless crisis. I'm trapped in a hopeless addiction. I'm trapped in a hopeless healt...

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How Jesus Really Responds When You Mess Up


We allfall down many times in life. We mess up. We blow it. Anybody want to give a testimony on that? We've all stumbled.Every time I wander, I get into trouble. The further I get away from God, the more problems I'm going to have in my life. The closer I get to the Shepherd, the fewer problems I'm going to have because he's going to be guiding me, guarding me, protecting...

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Made to Serve Others


The very first words we read in this 40 Days of Purpose series were, "It's not about you." You were created for more than just to serve yourself. You were created to serve God and to serve others. Ifwe want to move from being overwhelmed all the time to being a person who is so full of joy and peace and God's love that we overflow to those around us,we must shift our mind...

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