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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.

The Power of Praise

Praising God is not always the first thing that comes to mind when we experience challenges and difficult times. How we respond when we face trials, however, can change the outcome of our situation dramatically. Read how Paul and Silas responded to their imprisonment in Acts 16 and learn how God moves in powerful ways in response to our praise!

The Dangers of Pride

Pride takes root in all of us in different ways. For some, it’s overconfidence in talents or abilities, for others self-supremacy over peers, or the need to always be right. Regardless of its form, pride is a deadly sin that can easily go undetected in our lives. A simple pat on our back or a “good job” can slowly evolve into so much more. Pride is an elusive enemy. It will always remain no matter how hard we try to kill it. That makes it incredibly important to be putting up our defense constantly.

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.

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