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Pride

Pride can be a dangerous thing. The opposite of being prideful is being humble. Are you too proud to ask for help? Proverbs 16: 5 – “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” I can remember my own kids, more specifically, my daughter, as she was a, let’s just say ‘active’ toddler. As her strong-willed character began to blossom, I became more aware of what I needed to do to enable her character to submit to my will. Often times her stubborn pride won, but over time, she …

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Trail Mix

I love trail mix; a mixture of dried fruit, nuts and sometimes seeds. I usually make my own, but when I buy it from the store, I never know what I’ll get. I find myself picking out the pieces of dried pineapple, or my favorite nuts. And when I get to the end of the bag, all that’s left are the pieces I don’t really care for. Isn’t this the way some people treat Christianity? They will go to church on Sunday but be too busy during the week for a Bible study. Or, they will treat their best friend …

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Through His Eyes

If you are a Christian and you have given your life to Christ, then you can’t help but love others. God gives you the gift of the Holy Spirit. God places in you a love for others. He purposely gives you compassion in your heart. He will allow you to see others through His eyes! Isaiah 50: 4 –“The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.” …

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Motivation

People are motivated by two things: They’re motivated by principle and pleasure, or they are motivated by pain. We create our own jail cells, where bars are made of anger, bitterness, resentment and grudges. What’s the key to all of this? Forgiveness. It’s your choice. Do you want to stay where you are, in misery, or do you want to be free from this state of mind? When we’re hurting it’s only human to want to blame someone else. Quit running away from it. Face the fear. Forgive. Once you forgive, you’re given the opportunity to live an amazing life of …

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Pray Like You Know God Will Answer You!

Are you praying to God as if you know Him, or are you just throwing up some requests, not expecting much? If you want specific answers to prayer, make specific requests. Nehemiah 1: 8-9 – “Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell …

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Survival Guide

Did you know that your story can be someone else’s survival guide? There are all kinds of survival guides out there. There are guides for hiking, climbing, surviving disasters, etc. They make sure you’re equipped with the right tools and resources to get you through, when trying to survive. The Bible is the ‘survival guide’ for all Christians. There are stories that tell of disasters, heartache and valleys of discouragement. The Bible will show you how they survived these events. Psalm 9: 9-10 – “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who …

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Are You Convinced?

The definition of convince is “to persuade someone with evidence or argument.” Most times, you have to have proof to convince someone of something. Matthew 13: 13 – “This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” As Christians, we are commanded by God to tell others about Jesus. It is not our job to convince others to believe in Jesus. Evangelism is not about ‘winning’ a person to Christ, but about proclaiming the truth of the Gospel, with the exception that God might …