Working for God-His Way

'...Created in Christ Jesus to do good works...' Ephesians 2:10 NIVGod had a plan for your life before you were born. Indeed, it's why He brought you into the world. Simply keeping you 'busy' was not His goal. He wants to see you doing the work He 'prepared in advance' for you to do. Joining ...Read More

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Handling Criticism the Right Way (3)

'It is to a man's honour to avoid strife...' Proverbs 20:3 NIVWhen it comes to criticism: (1) Concentrate on your mission and change your mistakes! Most of us do the opposite; when criticism comes we change our mission and concentrate on our mistakes. If you run every time you make a mistake, you will never ...Read More

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Handling Criticism the Right Way (2)

'...Christ...while being reviled...did not revile in return...' 1 Peter 2:21-23 NASWhen it comes to handling criticism the right way you must: (1) Demonstrate emotional and spiritual maturity. Exhaustion can affect the way you act when you're under pressure. Elijah slipped into depression because of it. Queen Jezebel hounded him relentlessly. Her opposition sapped his strength ...Read More

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Handling Criticism the Right Way (1)

'Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right.' Proverbs 23:16 NLTCriticism will make you a better person if you do these three things: (1) Look beyond the criticism and see the critic. If it's someone you respect, listen to what they say. If it's someone who's constantly critical, don't place too much ...Read More

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Gratitude

'Give thanks in all circumstances.' 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIVIn order to have a grateful heart you must learn to be grateful for flawed people and imperfect gifts. Be grateful when your child attempts to make the bed, even though they make it imperfectly. Be grateful when your spouse expresses affection, even if they do it ...Read More

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Stop Shortchanging Your Family

'...The years...pass quickly, and then we are gone.' Psalm 90:10 NCVEileen Silva Kindig writes: 'We talk about lack of time...when what we lack is backbone to take responsibility for how we spend it... Instead of coming home, we're escaping to the office and assembly line to get away from household chores, childcare, and the demands ...Read More

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Why People Leave the Church (3)

'Let us not...judge one another anymore...' Romans 14:13 KJVHere's another reason people leave the church: because of the attitude of some church members. The older boy in Christ's parable knew how to be a son, but he didn't know how to be a brother. If the jealousy and judgmentalism he showed toward his brother is ...Read More

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Why People Leave the Church (2)

'We have come to believe and know...You...' John 6:69 NKJVSometimes the rules of the Father's house seem too restrictive. Many people want Christ's love but not His Lordship, His blessings but not His commandments. It's not that He offers them too little, but that the cost of serving Him seems too high. Maybe you are ...Read More

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Why People Leave the Church (1)

'...The younger son...journeyed to a far country...' Luke 15:13 NKJVThe story of the Prodigal Son is especially applicable to backsliders. It speaks to those who have been raised in church, know God's Word, have felt His presence, understand His claims, and once served Him. But like the Prodigal, they've 'gone to the hogs'. Notice, he's ...Read More

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How Badly Do You Want It?

'...You have great faith! Your request is granted.' Matthew 15:28 NIVMatthew records: 'A Canaanite woman...came to Him, crying out, "Lord...my daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession" ...He answered, "I was sent only to...Israel...It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." "Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs ...Read More

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The Need to Be Accountable (2)

'...The people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.' Judges 17:6 NLTThere's no better depiction of our ego-driven nature than this: 'The people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.' Their philosophy was: 'Don't tell me what to do.' But that philosophy leaves you without checks or balances, exposing you to the dominating ...Read More

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