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7 Characteristics of A Good Friend – Do You Have Them?

Life-giving friendships are essential for our health as human beings and can strengthen us in the most difficult of times. But how do we find good friends and how do we keep them? Certainly, there are dozens of characteristics of a good friend, but rather than simply searching for these traits in a person, one of the best ways to find good friends is to be a good friend. Check out these 7 characteristics of a good friend and learn how we can cultivate meaningful,  lasting friendships.

Contemporary Worship

Raise the Roof: A Call to Enthusiastic Worship

God responds to His people when they worship Him by releasing power and freedom in their lives. Passionate, full-on, out-there kind of praise is a powerful tool against Satan. Not only that, but there is freedom as we let go of our thoughts towards ourselves and set our hearts on who God is and all He has done. Out of this mindset, joyful celebration erupts, and there is freedom as we worship Him. Read our latest blog on a call to enthusiastic worship.

How Should We Fear God?

Fear keeps us from pursuing harmful things. It gives us a healthy respect for the things that are bigger, stronger, and mightier than we are. That is why King Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, wrote, “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment” (Proverbs 9:10 NLT). Solomon writes that if you want to be wise, you have to fear the LORD, and if you want to fear the LORD in the way He intends, you have to know Him.

How Forgiveness Will Change Your Life

Most people want to be healthy, and there is no lack of guidance to eat right, exercise, take supplements, etc. It’s less common to hear the benefits of addressing unforgiveness in our relationships as part of improving our health. Where unforgiveness can lead to things like a compromised immune system, heightened stress and nervousness, forgiving others as a regular practice is linked to a greater sense of well-being, happiness, and even longer life.

Are God’s Promises for Me?

Few things are more comforting than knowing and believing that God is at work in our lives. This type of comfort is the result of a confidence not in our own abilities, but in a God whose promises never fail. What He says will happen, He will accomplish. But even in our hearing and reading of God’s Word we can wonder at times, “Is this promise really for me?” or “Will God stay to true to his promises?” In this latest blog, our prayer is that you would be encouraged as you see the promises of God tucked away in Scripture that are for you as a believer.

How to Memorize Scripture

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it” (Joshua 1:8a NIV). Joshua was just installed as the leader of the Israelites. There were multiple things he needed to know – how to lead an army, how to settle the land, how to govern the people, but the most important thing he needed to know as the leader, was Scripture. Why? “Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do” (Joshua 1:8b NIV). When Joshua meditated on the Word, when his mind was continually fixed on it – it unleashed God’s favor on his life, and the people he was leading, in a supernatural way.

Learn how to overcome pride in your life by seeing pride through a Gospel perspective.

Overcoming Pride

Adam and Eve’s pride was the first of the human race, but certainly not the last. Pride is a battle that we must learn to actively overcome, but the Gospel tells us that we cannot do it on our own. Read about how viewing pride from a Gospel perspective can change our lives and learn four key ways we can overcome our pride.

Doubt your Doubts

Faith is holding fast to the promises of God, despite what your mind is telling you, despite what your fear is telling you, or the reality of your situation. Our faith is proven by our actions, not our emotions. To win the battle against doubt, we must allow our actions and our words to be governed by our faith. Doubt may enter your mind, but do not let it enter your heart.

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