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The Power of Confession [Episode 15]

I remember the first time I got a serious virus on my computer. Out of the blue one day my computer began to malfunction horribly. Many programs wouldn’t run. I could not search for anything on the internet because pop-ups would cascade all over my screen. The virus wreaked havoc on my computer and took hours to cure. It was a miserable experience that was completely avoidable.

If I had only installed an anti-virus software, I could have avoided the whole mess. Fortunately, I lost nothing. I just found my life unnecessarily complicated. The time and productive frustrating. I find myself wondering after the experience, “How often does this same drama play itself out in my

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How to Study a Book of the Bible in Five Easy Steps

How to study a book of the Bible
 

 

When I first started reading the Bible my sole focus was to read the entire Bible in a year. That’s not uncommon. In fact, I bet some of you are doing so as a New Year’s resolution. Once you read the Bible and familiarized yourself with the big picture, studying individual books of the Bible can be rewarding.

Why do book studies?

Each book of the Bible was given by God for a unique purpose. Think of the Bible as not just one book but a whole

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Seven Godly Christmas Gifts [Episode 13]


 

Yesterday was Cyber Monday and a lot of people are in gift buying mode for Christmas. Given the season, I thought it might be nice to slow down and consider gifts we can give as Christians to share our faith or help other people grow in faith. So today’s episode is all about gifts. In the podcast I discuss seven different types of godly gifts and the unique merits each offers. Below are some of the key take-aways.

Intentionally giving godly gifts was something I started doing about five years ago. I decided that year to give at least

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Black Friday to Cyber Monday Deal


I’m celebrating Black Friday through Cyber Monday with a sweet deal!

As many of you know for the past week I’ve offered a free video class online called, “Secrets to Praying More Everyday, Even if You are Insanely Busy.” The response has been amazing.

People made leaps forward in their prayer life because someone (me) gave them step-by-step help. That mini-course which rapidly helped many people start praying more is just the tip of the iceberg of what I have for those who are ready for more.

If you’ve been feeling distant from God, dry in your faith, feel at a loss on how to prayer, or just ready to step it up as

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How to Stop Recurring Sin, Part 2


 

 
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In the first part of this two part series on stopping recurring sin we looked at the five elements of repentance and five prayers we can engage in to spiritually attack our sinful desire. If you didn’t listen to that, it was episode 11.

Today, we are going to look at six simple strategies you can use to eliminate recurring sin once and for all. Today’s strategies are intended to cut off or avoid those things that lead us to sin and to help you replace your sin with

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Repentance Prayers–How to Stop Recurring Sin, Part 1 [Episode 11]


 

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Sin Cycle

If you have a recurring sin that you can’t seem to escape, expanding repentance prayers by doing more than just asking for forgiveness can often break the cycle. When you understand that something is wrong (sinful), you pray that you will stop, and yet you don’t, then you have gotten trapped in what I call a sin cycle.
 
The danger of a sin cycle is that it can trap you spiritually from moving forward. You are like a man trying to walk down a path with one foot

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