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How To Move Out Of Anxiety And Into God’s Peace

How to Move Out of Anxiety and Into God's Peace
 
Anxiety can paralyze you. How many nights have you spent lying awake stewing anxiously over a conflict? Have you ever had a sudden change of circumstance leave you bewildered and unable to move?
 
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians offers a simple three-fold pattern for how we can faithfully move out of our anxiety and into action. Doing so brings you to a place where you can experience both the peace of God and the God of peace.
 

1. Release anxiety by turning to God in prayer

Paul wrote,

‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with

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How To Pray The Five Finger Prayer Method

Five Finger Prayer Method

 
Recently, God has been confronting me from multiple fronts with a disturbing fact: I stink at praying for others with any discipline. Yes, you heard me correctly. I am woefully anemic in my intercessory life and have been for a while. I – the guy who literally wrote a book on prayer – am blowing it when it comes to intercession.
 
I don’t want you to make my mistake, so I have a simple fix that came to mind for me in my devotional time. Before I dive into the solution, let me take a moment to illuminate the problem. You might be right there with

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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

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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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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

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