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God’s Plan, Your Obedience

When God speaks into your life, whether it be a promise, a command, or a request, what action do you take? Isaiah 43:2 (NIV) states, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;  the flames will not set you ablaze.” This verse makes it very clear that we will face adversities and trials, but God will not let them overtake us. Why then are we still slow to obey the Lord?

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Defeating Giants

How do you respond when face to face with a giant? Your giant may not be a behemoth of a Philistine man like it was for David, yet we all are bound to face giants of one kind or another in our lifetime. They come in the form of pain, adversity, and opposition. But, when we approach these situational giants with the help of our Lord and the right attitudes, we can have confidence that they will topple.

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Our Identity in Christ

How do you identify? Some identify first with their political party, others with the color of the skin, and still, others identify with their nationality and ethnicity. Does this bring the Lord who died on the cross for our sins honor? Instead of identifying with earthly beliefs, divisions, and differences, we should identify as children of the one, true, living God!

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Changing the Way We See

How do you see? Yes, with your eyes. But how do you see the world around you? How do you see the problems that arise and are blocking your path? How do you see the opposition and obstacles that block you from achieving what God has called you to achieve? The truth is our sight starts with our thinking. To fulfill the plans God has for us, we need to be willing to make a big shift in the way we think and perceive the world around us.

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A Living Sacrifice

In Romans 12, a portion of Paul’s address to the Roman church, he writes on how they can become living sacrifices. He tells them in Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.” So, what does Paul mean really by this?

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Intentional Inclusivity

In 1838, nearly 15 years prior to the start of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln delivered his now-famous Lyceum Address. This speech was written to bring attention to the current threat to the American government – the inner division within America.

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The United States of America’s Greatest Threat

In 1838, nearly 15 years prior to the start of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln delivered his now-famous Lyceum Address. This speech was written to bring attention to the current threat to the American government – the inner division within America.

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True Kingdom Culture

How often do we let our earthly culture overshadow the Kingdom culture that God intended for His children? Luke 13:29 (NIV) states the following: “People will come from east and west and north and south and will take their places at the kingdom of God.” If people from all over the world are in God’s Kingdom, shouldn’t it also look like this on earth?

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Creating Fertile Soil

The Parable of the Sower is one of the most well-known parables of Jesus Christ. The four different soil types mentioned in Luke 8:4-15 are representative of the hearts of those who hear God’s Word. Of the four soils, only one is fertile enough for God’s Word to take root and subsequently produce fruit.

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He is Worthy

When is the best time to worship the Lord? Is it when He blesses us and provides in a way only He can? Or, should we praise His name despite what we are going through? The truth is, no matter what is happening externally in our lives, God is and will always be in complete control. And, more importantly, He is always worthy of our praise.