Parenting

What to Do When Your Teen Doubts God

As a Children’s Minister I conducted baptism classes for children, who had professed Christ as Savior of their life. I met with the child and their parents to ensure they each understood what baptism was and was not. After covering the material with the child, I turned to the parents and encouraged them not to be surprised when their young children became teens and began to struggle with their faith in God. Most young children

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Closer to Jesus

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

In What Way do Miracles Depend on You?

“Where are we going to get the money to pay for this? How are we supposed to make this happen? Is this even possible?” Have you found yourself ever asking questions like these or others like them? Are you facing an impossible situation, right now? In each question, you can hear the sense of doubt. You also hear self-sufficiency; a mindset that speaks, “I’m the only one in which this situation depends.” I believe God

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Parenting

The Biggest Influence that Grows Your Child’s Faith in God

A Pastor told me recently that his focus for his church is getting the people to read their Bibles. They started a campaign over the past two years that took the church through five sections of the Bible – from preaching, to small groups, to individual readings, the church went through the Gospels, Acts and Paul’s Epistles, the Prophets, the Pentateuch, History and the Writings in the Old Testament. He shared with me that having

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Closer to Jesus Missions

We Saw Our Fears Die Amidst Their Praise 

Two men of faith, Joshua, and Caleb join ten others filled with fear. The two saw God as powerful; the others saw Him too small. Moses sent them all to scout out the land. “Go up this way to the Negev, then go up into the hill country. See what the land is like…Be courageous” (Numbers 13:16-20).   They went out and scouted the land. After 40 days they returned to camp and reported all

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