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Start Beating the Worry Trap Today! (There is a freebie for you!)

“The Lord does not see us. The Lord has abandoned us” is a declaration of doubting. At the core of this statement is the sin of worry. This one sin sets in motion idolatry. It leads us to worship our ways, not the Lord’s. Fear and impatience prompt us to trust anything other than God. Worry escorts our faith to the grave. And nothing disappoints God as much as this! The Israelites have a history

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Sin is Not Always the Reason for Our Struggles

Sin is not always the reason we experience pain and challenges in our life. Yes, we live in a fallen world, which our sinful nature partakes, but personal troubles come to us by way of many means. Could it be that God is using your tragedy to acclaim His majesty? One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the one about the blind man. In John 9, we see the disciples questioning Jesus, “Rabbi,

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What Does Hesitating to Obey God Cost You?

The angels urged him, “Get up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” But Lot hesitated. Have you ever hesitated at first when God calls you to take a step of faith into His purpose for you? How long does it take you to obey Him? What holds you back? We don’t know what caused Lot to hesitate, but we

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When the Miracle Doesn’t Happen, What Do We Do?

As she sits at the entrance of the tent, Sarah overhears the conversation between Abraham, her husband, and the three Visitors. Through these guests, the Lord said, “I will certainly come back to you in about a year’s time, and your wife Sarah will have a son!”   Almost 90 years old, Sarah laughs to herself, “After I have become shriveled up and my husband is old, will I have this delight?” The Visitors asked Abraham,

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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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