Faith & Inspiration

Can people ‘hear’ the voice of God?

In the movie Breakthrough, a firefighter was convinced he heard a voice telling him to “go back.” He did, and Josh was found deep in the water. I know a lot of people don’t believe those “fairy tales,” and are prone to dismiss it as nonsense or hype. But it happened to me, too – twice.

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Good Friday tradition still teaches lessons

As I watched The Passion of the Christ again this year, I paid attention to the various types of people and groups who were depicted in the film and the roles they played in executing Christ. It was profound because I saw myself as a member of nearly every group at some point in my life.

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Contentment: Finding peace in all circumstances

The reason we never saw our work week reduced despite technology making our jobs easier is because we never lowered our desire for more stuff, bigger houses, better cars, more elaborate vacations and fatter bank accounts. We never learned the secret of being content.

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What does it mean to live life ‘to the full?’

Each of us face those types of pressures all the time. People come into our lives to kill our hope, steal our dreams, and destroy our confidence. Or they seek to destroy our relationships, steal our peace, and kill our knowledge of who we really are and why we were created.

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The power of specific prayer

While prayer is, indeed, effective, this type of general prayer often is not. Why? Because God knows you need a lot of things. So, which item on your lengthy list are you wanting him to address today?

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An inspiring way to share encouragement

The frail, elderly woman did not preach an in-your-face gospel message. She wasn’t condemning people for their choices, beliefs, attitudes or words. But, she was sharing God’s word in a way that truly reminded Christians of what they possess, and enticed others to learn more about God and Jesus.

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The test of insignificance

Prosperity without pain. It sounds wonderful. But many people forget the painful, often arduous little steps along the way that prepared the recipient to receive prosperity. The test for significance always comes through our response to the insignificant matters put before us.

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What’s your kryptonite?

Just as we have specific strengths, talents and skills, we also have very specific weaknesses, too. They work like kryptonite to zap our strengths, just like the mineral does for Superman.

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The secret to a joyful life: Guard your heart

It is critically important that we watch our thoughts. What we allow into our minds and, more importantly, what we allow ourselves to dwell upon, has a major impact on our actions today and our ultimate destiny. Everything we do flows from the heart.

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Which is stronger, love or anger?

Anger will often rip apart, cause division and regret. Words said in anger may cut so deeply the wound never completely heals. Yet, love heals and binds. It brings sunshine to a darkened heart. Words spoken in love at just the right time can alter someone’s destiny.

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Life lessons in David’s approach to defeating his giant

(Nov. 24, 2018) — All of us love David and Goliath stories of ordinary people overcoming significant obstacles. However, there are some important lessons here as they pertain to any battles we face, be it a stubborn sin problem, an illness, massive debt, childhood trauma or an unhealthy relationship.

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Do daily devotionals qualify as Bible study?

(Nov. 7, 2018) — Devotionals are wonderful tools for helping to understand a passage or two of scripture. People who write good devotionals generally have keen insight and a unique way to apply the passage to everyday life. However, I don’t think devotionals can be considered genuine Bible “study” because no study is really involved.

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Opinion: Small groups offer the wisdom of diversity

(Oct. 20, 2018) — If we only hang around others who look like us, talk like us and think like us, how is anything other than “group think” likely to happen? In Luke 6:39, Jesus asked, “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?”

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Are we too comfortable with God?

(Oct. 13, 2018) — In the Old Testament, the process people had to go through to atone for their own sins was pretty remarkable considering all the burnt offerings, grain offerings, fellowship offerings, sin offerings, guilt offerings, wave offerings, food offerings, and drink offerings. Compared to Old Testament reverence, today we worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship.

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Have you heard of, met or do you truly know Jesus?

(Oct. 6, 2018) — It is a decision you alone must make. Even if you scoffed at Jesus (like I did), made fun of Christians (like I did), and ran away from his church (like I did), he still wants a relationship with you. He’ll forgive you of those mistakes because Jesus knows that if you spend time with him, you’ll come to know the real Jesus and to genuinely love him.

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