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Your Privileges And Responsibilities As A Child of God

Your privileges and responsibilities as a child of god

jfk jr. under deskJohn F. Kennedy’s children used to play under his desk while he worked in the oval office as President of the United States. Here was a man who was one of the most powerful men in the world and perhaps one of the most highly protected. He was surrounded by secret service and dealing with some of the most demanding problems in the world. And yet, his children could walk right past the layers of security into their Father’s reassuring presence. They could do so confidently and

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What’s Your Intercessory Prayer Personality?

What's your intercessory prayer type?
Did you know that people tend toward certain types of intercessory prayer? I didn’t either when I was beginning in prayer. I was raised in a Christian home where we were taught to pray, read our Bible and go to church. I appreciate this solid foundation in my life, however, it was pretty legalistic. God was “in a box”. I just needed to do certain things to please Him and go to heaven. It wasn’t until into my young adult years when I discovered God was much bigger than the “box” of my childhood.

God began to expand my prayer life during this time. Before it had been routine

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My Lenten Spiritual Discipline, Why And How I Am Doing It

Lenten Spiritual Discipline, Memorizing Scripture, The Sermon On The Mount

After a lot of soul searching and prayer I have decided to memorize scripture for the next 40 days. Specifically, I’ll memorize the Sermon on The Mount, Matthew chapters 5-7, and live out lessons from it each day.
 

Why You Should Memorize Scripture

One of my friends on Facebook asked why I wanted to memorize scripture. My response was,

Whenever you dive deeply enough into a lengthy piece to memorize it, I find that you’ve truly internalized it and when that happens it shapes your behavior. Also, pieces of it leap to mind when you really need it. The bible talks

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What is Lent and is it biblical?

What is Lent?

Many Christians both protestant and catholic observe a season called Lent that spans from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Lent is generally a time for Christians to reflect upon Christ’s passion, to repent for sin, and to pray. In some traditions, fasting or giving something up is a norm. It can be a significant time of self-reflection and renewal of faith.

You will hear people speaking about Lent as 40 days, but if you look at a calendar you’ll find there are more than forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. That’s because Sundays aren’t counted.
 

Is it biblical?

No. The bible never mentions the word Lent, Ash Wednesday, or Easter. This is a tradition that has developed over decades and first started in the Catholic

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Gossip, Five Ways Nehemiah Teaches You To Survive It.

Gossip, five ways Nehemiah Teaches You to Survive it

Gossip can eat you alive; particularly, if you’re a leader. But, gossip is nothing new. Nehemiah, a lesser known figure of the Bible, stayed heroically faithful in the face of malicious opposition. You can learn much from his example.

If you don’t recall who Nehemiah was, he was a high official in the court of King Artaxerxes I, a Persian king. Nehemiah sought permission to go back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city and it’s walls.

He was granted permission and returned to Jerusalem in 445 B.C. as the provincial governor of the region. He restored the walls with the help

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What Christmas decorations taught me about discipleship

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Yesterday I stowed the last box of Christmas decorations safely into the attic for another year’s slumber. I’ll miss them. I love decorations. I love the smell of a Christmas tree, the twinkle of lights, and the walk down memory lane each ornament provides. But next year, they will mean more to me than ever. Here’s why…

This year I found myself wondering how to tackle the Christmas story during our Wednesday Evening Bible Study. Every preacher knows the struggle — “What do I tell these people about a story they’ve heard a thousand times?” It’s the curse of familiarity.

In a last moment inspiration, I departed from doing a

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