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Video Devotion: When God Says "Not Yet"

Godoftensays, "I intend to give this to you, butnotyet. There's a big difference between a delay and a denial.So, how do you know the difference, and what should youdo when you find yourselfin a "notyet" situation?How do we spend our time while we wait? You can also listen to this devotion as a podcast here. ...

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You Can't Love Without Giving


"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7) God loves it when you give with a good attitude. Did you know that every time you give, you reveal what matters to you? Tell me how you spend your money and your time, and I'll tell you what matters most to you. People make time f...

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How to Experience God's Promises for Yourself


"Follow all the directions the LORD your God has given you. Life will go well for you."Deuteronomy 5:33 (GW) Obey your Father in Heaven who made you and who loves you, and life will go well for you. What a clear verse. In the Bible, God links faith and obedience over and over again. The promises of God are conditioned on you following the directions he gives you. For in...

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Life Isn't About You... and Why That's Good News


"Our message is not about ourselves. It is about Jesus Christ as the Lord. We are your servants for his sake." 2 Corinthians 4:5 (GW) The Christian life is a life called to serving God and serving others. When you follow Jesus, you acknowledge that your life isn't all about you. Yes, you're important. Yes, God loves YOU. But, your life isn't about you, when you follow Jes...

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Video Devotion: Following Jesus For Real

Did you know there is a difference between believing inJesusand being a "casual Christian" vs. being areal, devoted follower ofJesusChrist?Here's whatfollowingJesusforrealmeans. You can also listen to this devotion as a podcast, here. ...

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Identity Crisis? Or Identity in Christ?


We have a real enemy. His name is Satan, and the only way he can hurt God is by hurting God's children. Satan knows that if he can keep you from beingyou,who God made you to be, if he can hide your true identity, if he can distort your true identity, if he can destroy what God intended for you to be, he has succeeded in hurting God by hurting God's children. He attacks y...

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Worship > Worry


"Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?" (Matthew 6:27 GNT). I love this verse. It's so practical. In other words, has worry every actually made anything better? Nope. Has worry ever helped fix your problem? Never. There is NO power in worry. Now, there IS power in prayer. Yet, we often turn to worry before we turn to prayer. And, there is a difference b...

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Don't Give Up on Love


Many people assume they just need solitary Bible study and prayer for spiritual growth. But some issues in life will never be changed by solo Bible study or individual prayer. God uses people. God often chooses to do his work through people so that we will learn to depend on each other. He wants his children to grow together. He wants his children to love each other. In fa...

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Why God Won't Tell You the "Next Step"


When you are seeking God's will for your life, one important thing to understand isGod is not obligated to reveal Step 2 until you've done Step 1. Maybe you keep saying, "I want to know God's will for my career or my marriage," and God is trying to communicate back to you, "Let's get to the basics. Are you reading your Bible? Are you in a small group? Are you tithing? Are...

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The Power to Change


"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" (2 Corinthians 5:17) This is a promise for those who are in Christ, for those who have trusted their lives to Christ and His leadership. It's a promise to those who've said, "Jesus, I want You to be a part of my life." It's an incredible promise. You see, t...

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God Says You are Valuable


How much do you think you're worth? I'm not talking about your net worth; I'm talking about your self-worth. Being rich or poor has nothing to do with your worth as a person. Two things determine value in life: What someone is willing to pay for something. How much is a baseball card worth? To some people, it's worth nothing. To a collector, it could be worth a lot of ...

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Recognizing God's Voice


"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." (John 10:17 NLT) A common question of many Christians is, "How can I know when God is speaking to me?" John 10 tells us that His sheep listen to His voice. But, how do we listen to his voice? How do we know it's God and not our own thoughts? Learning to discern God's voice is similar to how we learn to reco...

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Confused About Your Calling?


I hear people ask, all the time, "what is my calling?" This is a great question to ask! One of my passions as a pastor is helping people discover and live out their God-given purpose. But, I think a lot of times we confuse our "calling" with our "career path" or our "assignment." We want to know "what degree should I get so I can fulfill my calling?" or "has God called me...

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Be a Person with Integrity


"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Matthew 5:8 NIV). Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount that you are blessed when your heart is pure (Matthew 5:8). What does it mean to be "pure in heart"? Today, we'd use the word integrity. God blesses you when you live your life with integrity. Integrity comes from the Latin "integer," whole. Having integrity do...

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What You Should Know About Loneliness


If I were to ask you what you considered to be the most common emotional pain in our society, what would you say? Depression? Anxiety? Sociologists actually tell us that the most common emotional pain in our society is loneliness. When we think of people who fear loneliness, we almost automatically think of someone who is single. But, let me tell you, some of the lonel...

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