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The Blessing of a Community of Faith

You were designed by God to function best in community.  Even before sin ever entered the garden, God, the Creator, said something wasn’t good about His perfect creation.  As He looked at all He created and said was good, He noticed something missing.  Even though Adam had fellowship with God, he needed someone to do life with on his level.

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What Defines Your Faith?

Is your faith defined by convenience or conviction? It’s the difference between having boundaries and living without them. In his book Not a Fan, Pastor Kyle Idleman helps readers determine their real relationship with Jesus. Am I a follower of Christ, or just a fan?

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Determining Your Destiny

What determines your destiny?  Is it your heritage? Past decisions and their consequences? Fate?  The Israelites, like many of us, had a distorted view of their own destiny.  They fell into two extremes.  One group thought their destiny was determined by fate!  They blamed their present situation on the mistakes of their parents!

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Healing for Hidden Hurts

Are you holding on to hidden hurts?  We’ve all had them. Hidden hurts have a way of growing within us when we hold on to them.  You may want to let them go but just don’t know how.  Every time you try, the pain seems to creep back in until you feel the hurt again.  Hidden hurts knock us off center.

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Centering Your Life on Christ

How would you describe your life right now?  Hectic? Stressful? Overwhelmed? We’ve all been there, haven’t we?  There are a lot of ways to describe our lives, but I’m guessing that centered might not be on the list for most.  Yet, God desires that our lives be centered in Him.

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Divine Protection

God’s hedge of protection is described in some translations like a protective wall, a fence or even force field, shielding our lives, property and possession.  In fact, Satan stood before God to accuse Job of being devoted to God for purely self-serving motives.

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Finding Strength from Others

There’s something about this verse that leaps off the page at me and gives me comfort and encouragement.  It affirms the value of deep, abiding friendships that share a common purpose and passion – friendships that you can lean on in difficult times.

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Time for a Raise!

“Friend, come up higher.” What a gracious invitation Jesus offers every Christ follower! Picture a wedding banquet where a guest may take a lesser seat, only to be noticed by the host and invited to move up to the head table as the guest of honor!

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The Believer’s Advocate

Jesus Christ is the believers’ advocate before God! He’s the only defense attorney that’s never lost a case! In this cosmic courtroom, God the Father is the Judge. Satan is the accuser, and everyone who has ever lived is on trial. Who in the world could ever be found innocent when we’ve all sinned and come short of the glory of God?

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The Snare of Selfish Ambition

Even a sincere heart can fall captive to selfish ambition. There’s a fine line between seeking great things for God and promoting ourselves along the way. Pride causes us to take the credit for what God and others made possible in our lives. Are you led by selfish ambition or spiritual anointing? How can we know?

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