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One thing that can change your life!

Our words have an enormous effect on the world around us. In the same way, it only takes a spark to set a forest on fire, a careless or wrongly placed word can burn down a relationship. Our speech can turn unity into chaos, or bring pain where there should be protection. However, an encouraging word aptly placed can change someone’s entire day. You can enhance your marriage, bring success to your work, help your children, and enrich your friendships by simply letting the words of our mouths be life-giving. The decision is yours, choose your words carefully…

How to Set Yourself Up For Success in the New Year

Perspective is the way in which you view life. Perspective is the lens that colors everything you look at. As you look at this year, what perspective do you have? Is it one of hope and anticipation? I hope so! It is God’s desire to show you his goodness and to reveal himself to you. But in order for that to happen, you have to have the right perspective.

7 Simple New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are an important first step to creating real, lasting change. Although resolutions do not create the change, they do allow us to have a goal. When we combine that goal with action and persistence, our lives can be transformed. Unfortunately, of the over 133 million Americans who will make New Year’s resolutions in 2018, less than 10% will keep them. Noticing the existence of this trend, we’ve created a list of some actionable steps and resources that you can use throughout the year to achieve your goals.

How Will You Spend Your Thanksgiving?

On the fourth Thursday in November, each year, Americans gather for a day enthralled with family, food, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and last but certainly not least—Football! The last two items on the list may be a bit different from the original 1621 harvest meal; however, the reason for gathering remains the same: to give thanks.

How Healthy Is Your Heart?

The word “heart” is found between 500-800+ times in the Bible, which points to the fact that a healthy spiritual heart is a really big deal. Just as our physical heart can diagnose our physical condition, our spiritual heart is a diagnosis of our spiritual health. So how healthy is your heart? Read what the Bible says about guarding your heart and learn 5 practical ways you can cultivate a healthy spiritual heart.

A Hand Up Out Of Poverty

Programs are useful, but what most people need is someone to come alongside them and help them to see life from a different perspective. In her book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Dr. Ruby Payne argues that one of the main things people in poverty, particularly generational poverty, need is relationship with someone who is not in their economic class. Without those relationships, it is challenging for people to change because poverty is as much a mindset as it is an economic problem.

Seeing God Through Your Pain and Suffering

Every individual God used mightily throughout Scripture went through seasons of hardship. Moses had to flee his family who wanted to kill him, Elijah had people seeking his death, Queen Esther risked her life in order to save the Jewish people, Jesus’ disciples were all martyred for their commitment to Christ and our Savior was beaten and crucified for us. Yet Scripture repeatedly speaks to how our suffering never concludes without God’s power working through it supernaturally.

7 Promises for Battling Unbelief

Unbelief cannot go unchecked; it must be battled. Unbelief causes us to limit God’s goodness, power, love, and grace. It keeps us from fully trusting God and therefore steals the joy we have in serving Him. Just like any other sin, we cannot sit idly by as unbelief takes root in our hearts. We must fight against it! The question is, “how do we do that?” In Matthew 6, Jesus gives us seven specific promises to equip us for this fight.

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