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The Value Of Failure
March 18, 2019 07:33 AM PDT
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Recent news broke about wealthy parents cheating the system to get their kids into college. By trying to protect their kids from failure, they robbed them of a real life education. All throughout the Bible, the Lord details men and women who failed--including John Mark. These examples remind us that every person is a spiritual failure and needs a Saviour. They also teach us 5 ways in which failure should develop us personally and spiritually, rather than devastating us.

Two Sides Of The Coin
March 11, 2019 10:17 AM PDT
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When we are struggling or dealing with a trial, Psalm 40 tells us that if we patiently wait on the Lord with faith, He will graciously respond with five amazing actions to support and strengthen us. His response shows the depth of His love and mercy, and the unfailing sufficiency of His help. Once we experience those, or when life is going well at the moment, we then have respond with our own faithful actions. Those actions not only show our gratitude and delight to walk in His will, but they will have a profound influence in leading others to Christ.

An Amazing Truth
March 08, 2019 09:56 AM PST
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When we pray, it requires a strong focus and a strong faith. We have to set aside time to enter in God's presence, and then trust that He will be gracious and generous in answering. In his final words to Israel, Moses talked about why this is so important: Because the Lord is so near to His people that He meets us whenever we call on Him. This simple, amazing truth is easy to take for granted. But this short Prayer Meeting study calls us to see this with a new perspective, and to be humbled and eager to utilize this awesome privilege.

Eat Right And Exercise
March 04, 2019 12:16 PM PST
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In 1 Timothy 4, Paul warned Timothy and all believers that in the latter times when Christ will return, some will fall away from the faith. The enemy is pushing this through deception and false doctrine, and increasingly, people are falling for it. As Christians, we are called to be nourished by God's Word and to discipline ourselves for Godliness. This study details the vital importance of both, and gives a call to fresh discipline in four significant areas of our lives. Our response to that call gives great insight into the state of our heart.

Changing The Rule
February 18, 2019 10:49 AM PST
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Every person has pain in their past, often associated with someone who has hurt us, been mean to us, or broken our heart. We may not want to forgive them, especially when they don't apologize, but doing so will free us from the chains of anger and resentment. In this study from Colossians 3, we look at the example of Jesus Christ, and see how extending grace and being willing to forgive not only reveals a transformed heart, but changes our perspective and heals relationships.

Moving Past The Past
February 11, 2019 09:19 AM PST
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There are times when we wish we could have a "do over" with something in our past. Our frustration over what has happened in the past can make us sad, or we may idealize something or someone, creating unhappiness with our life now. In Ecclesiastes 7, the Spirit teaches us about the harmful effects of living in the past, both personally and spiritually. Then, reminding us of His wisdom and work, He calls us to see His purpose in allowing difficulty and "bending" our plans when they are misguided.

The Cure For Discouragement
February 06, 2019 10:05 AM PST
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Discouragement can be a common struggle, and there are multiple spiritual factors which can contribute to it. In John 21, Peter was wrestling with his own sense of failing Jesus, especially after he had boldly declared that he would never turn aside or deny Jesus. So the Lord meets him and the others in a familiar setting in Galilee. Peter's response to Jesus being there, and the Lord's words to him, give us great insight into how to move beyond discouragement.

First One In
February 04, 2019 11:10 AM PST
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There is nothing the Lord values more than our faith. It is at the center of everything we know and are as believers. In John 5, Jesus meets a sick man at the Pool of Bethesda, whose perseverance and hope showed that he was trusted the Lord would move in his life and help him. So when Jesus asks the pivotal question for mankind--"Do you want to be healed?--it not only applies to the man in that moment, but causes us to evaluate the question spiritually. When He calls us to faith, there are three responses that show we believe He is the Saviour and that we have been transformed.

A False Sense Of Security
January 28, 2019 03:19 PM PST
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Many of the warnings Jesus gave were to those who were arrogantly confident about what they perceived as their religious security. John the Baptist, who announced Jesus, confronted the spiritual hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Their proud reliance on their position and practices overshadowed the fact that their hearts were spiritually dry and unwilling to change. It is important for us to assess whether any of the same attitudes and misconceptions are influencing us. Jesus then calls us to live by conviction and bear good fruit, not intimidated by the fact that we will face opposition, but stirred that we can share the hope that is in Him.

The Remnant
January 20, 2019 06:21 PM PST
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The message the Lord gave to a small group from Judah who were not taken into captivity offers fascinating parallels for us today. There are similarities in the spiritual culture, which is cause for concern as we look at what is happening within the American Church. But this "remnant" had characteristics that the Lord highlighted, and in the middle of discouragement and crisis, He offered them words of great hope. We can experience the same promises He made to them if we will be "set apart" for the Lord. This study is a call to deeper conviction and faithful action!

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