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What Do You Do When Betrayal and Pain is in Your Face?

Some use their past hurts and betrayals that others have inflicted upon them as an excuse to reject God. After all, they may think, “Why did God let this happen to me? Doesn’t He care?” This perception satisfies Satan. He is happy with these assessments they have concluded; because they have led a person to a place of doubt and unbelief. That is his aim. If you find yourself at this juncture, let me tell

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How to Have Emotional Intelligence in Conflict

As Daniel Goleman writes in his book, Emotional Intelligence, “If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” Goleman suggests that we be self-aware of our emotions. Applying his statement to conflict, it takes maturity to take an

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Closer to Jesus Parenting

Experience Christmas, A ‘Circumcision of the Heart’

A few years back my son and I planned to go out for a nice lunch and do some Christmas shopping. We went to the bank and withdrew a nice sum of money. It was going to be a fun day. After going to the bank, I had to stop by my office to get a few things done. So, Nick tagged along with me. While we were at the office, we decided we should

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3 Ways to Live in God’s Presence and Be Whole

Have you ever believed God but doubted His promises? You know He is powerful, but you are unsure of seeing it your life. We know the amazing sacrifice and miracle of His Son, Jesus, our Savior, who died and rose again giving us salvation. But when it comes to living this faith out amidst the struggles of life, we often forget that when God promises, He provides. It’s easy to live in our presence and

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Closer to Jesus Divorce Care

In Your Misery, God Sees You

Have you ever been hurt by someone? Maybe their words still haunt you, even today, many years later? To be under someone’s constant oppression is quite miserable. I understand. Most likely we have all experienced this type of struggle at one time or another. I think the most painful of all, is when the hurtful words come from a dear friend, a brother or sister in Christ, or even a Spiritual Leader. When the household

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