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When Forgiving Someone is Hard


"Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others." Colossians 3:13 (NLT) Has someone ever done a crazy, hurtful thing to you or to someone you love? Scripture tells us that we should forgive those who offend us. Never hold on to a hurt. It only leads to resentment, and resentment tears...

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Hope Isn't the Same as Optimism


Life isn't always smooth sailing. We all go through difficult seasons in life. Seasons of loss. Seasons of grief. Seasons of struggle. Sometimes we will hear people say, "Well, you just gotta have hope and give it to God!" And, yes, give it to God. But, sometimes responding to someone's pain in that way can do more harm than good. Sometimes the best thing to do is listen ...

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Video Devotion: A Heart Like Jesus Toward the World

How many people do you connect with that don't yet knowJesus?Do you have a heart for people who are far from God?If you loveJesus, you'll love the people he died for.Here's what that looks like... If you'd like to listen to this devotion as a podcast, click here. ...

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Seeking God to Know Him


"The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God." Psalm 14:2 (NIV) Many Christians spend all their time seeking what God has to give them and no time seeking God himself. When you're praying for healing and restoration, it's okay to want a miracle! But, when that's all we ever got to God for, that's not really a re...

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Video Devotion: When Christians Face Opposition

Anybody who thinks that following Jesus Christ means you get to live a care-free, easy life is sadly mistaken.In fact, the Bible promises that we will experienceoppositionand even suffering, just as Jesus did. Here's what that actually looks like, and why wehave hope in following Jesus... no matter what. If you'd like to listen to this devotion as a podcast, click here. ...

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Knowing the God of the Universe


One of the reasons that keep people from following Jesus is unanswered questions. Now, questions can be good! There are huge benefits to asking good questions. They can lead to answers that build our faith as we learn more about why we believe what we believe. But the truth is, we will never have every answer to every question that we have about God. He is too big for us ...

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Video Devotion: How Bitterness Hurts You Most

Whetheryou've been hurt deeply, intentionally or unintentionally,youhave a say in whatyoudo next.The wayyourespond to hurt will determine how it affectsyoulongterm. You can also listen to this devotion as a podcast, here. ...

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Struggling with the Same Sin, Again?


"The power of the life-giving Spiritand this power is mine through Christ Jesushas freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death." (Romans 8:2) Are you struggling with the same sinful problem over and over again? On the cross, Jesus paid for the penalty of your sins so you don't have to pay for it. All of your sinseven the ones you haven't committed yethave been paid...

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Are You Aware of the Holy Spirit?


The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity of God: The Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. And, the Holy Spirit is a gift that every follower of Jesus receives at the moment of their salvation. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Living God. Jesus told us this about The Holy Spirit: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he w...

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What is a Quiet Time and Why Does it Matter?


"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." (Matthew 6:6) "Be still, and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10) God isn't going to speak to you if your life is filled with a bunch of noise. You've got to get alone, and you've got to get quiet. In church cult...

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3 Internal Barriers That Could Keep You from Hearing God's Voice


Have you ever wondered why God doesn't speak to you more? I think sometimes we don't give God a chance to talk to us. We are either too busy and we are tuning him out (or scrolling past him on our phones when we start to feel prompted to listen to his voice) OR there's a battle in our own mind. What I mean by that is: We've already made up our minds. We want to do what we...

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