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WHY WON’T GOD TAKE AWAY MY PROBLEM?

We often wonder when we encounter hardships, trials, and difficulties in life why we must endure them. When they seem to never end, we wonder still “why won’t God just take away my problem?”

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I remember one semester at college where I was dealing with some family issues, financial issues, and just plain old stress. I remember just asking God, “why won’t you take this away? Can’t you just fix this?” I even went to a place called the Ramona Prayer Tower. It was this tower on campus that was four or five stories high, and stood above everything else on campus.… Read the rest

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3 WAYS TO FLIRT WITH YOUR SPOUSE: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR FLIRT SUCKS

Little Timmy pulls Suzie’s ponytail. Bobby pinches little Ella. We’ve seen it over and over. It’s the same old story. Sometimes when a boy likes a girl though, or vice versa, their flirt sucks. It’s ok, here’s what to do.

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This actually comes from a really funny conversation with some clients we had recently. We were discussing marriage, sex, and flirting. We had couples who had been married for anywhere from 11 to over 30 years, but something that was the same between each was occasionally their spouse’s flirt sucks.

Let’s face it, our flirt is on point when we are trying to win over the guy or girl of your dreams.… Read the rest

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3 WAYS TO KNOW IF YOU ARE PART OF AN INSTITUTION OR PART OF THE BODY

Some 20 years ago I began the greatest part of my life. I gave my life to the Lord. I didn’t understand what that meant in its theological entirety when I first made the decision. I just knew I wanted to walk after this Jesus.

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In the years since I have worked with and in different churches, and I have come to learn people are either part of an institution or part of the body. Here are 3 ways to tell which one you are part of.

 

You think God lives in a building

Because of our American culture, church is referred to as the big buildings on every other street corner, or in some cases taking up whole blocks.… Read the rest

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WHEN DO WE GIVE UP TRYING TO BRING SOMEONE TO CHRIST?

You have shared the Lord with someone and they have rejected you…over and over. When do we give up trying to bring someone to Christ, or do we?

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The easy answer would be to say never, but let’s look at it a little deeper. Today’s article is another reader question that I am answering. If you have something you would like me to discuss let me know. Here are 4 things to consider when you feel like giving up on showing someone the Lord.

1. One Plants, One Waters

I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.

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SHOULD YOUR SPOUSE OR CHILD HAVE FIRST PRIORITY?

I see a regular debate between married couples and parents that concerns the health of your home and family life. You know the one; does your spouse comes first or your children come first?

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I know there will be strong proponents for each side of the debate, and that’s ok. The family dynamic is a sacred one that many people become passionate about, especially when confronted with a viewpoint that may side against them.

I have witnessed and spoken with couples on both ends of the spectrum; and I have come to understand that extremes often lead to problems, and we should rather look for balance.… Read the rest

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JESUS AND MOLDY BREAD

You go open the bread bag to make yourself a sandwich only to find the beginnings of blue green fuzz creeping across the surface. I would ask, is this a representation of Jesus in your life? Is Jesus just moldy bread?

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Why does bread get moldy? Because it hasn’t been consumed. When it sits too long unopened it begins to go stale, and mold begins to grow.

In John 6:35 we see Jesus say

I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger.

He is the bread of life, and this bread of life dwells in each of us.… Read the rest

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