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Six Ways God Blesses a Broken Heart

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Six Ways God Blesses a Broken Heart by Rick Warren. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, and he saves those whose spirits have been crushed.” Psalm 34:18 Continue reading

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Trusting God When I Don’t Understand

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) When the children of Israel were finally set free … Continue reading

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Move Forward in Faith, Not By Feelings

“Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.” Psalm 126:5-6 (NLT, 2nd edition) You need to plant by faith, … Continue reading

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How God Uses Grief to Help Us Grow

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” Romans 8:28 (NIV) Grief, loss, and pain are an inevitable part of life. But did you know that God uses our grief to help … Continue reading

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Forgive Because God Forgave You

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) We will all be hurt in this life. Many times we’ll be hurt intentionally by what people say about us … Continue reading

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God’s Answer for Your Fear

“We know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love …. because God’s perfect love drives out fear.” 1 John 4:16a, 18a (NCV) I’ve talked to thousands of people about why they don’t fully trust God. … Continue reading

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The Bible Says Love is a Habit

If you only love on and off like a light switch, you do not love others like God wants you to love. Jesus said, “If you only love those who love you, what credit is that to you?” Luke 6:32a … Continue reading

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Releasing our Regrets

“People who cover over their sins will not prosper. But if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 (NLT) How often do you play the “if only” game? If only I had it to do over. … Continue reading

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Renew Your Faith at Christmas

“But the angel said to them, “… I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10 (NIV) Knowing that Christmas time is God’s chosen time teaches us that Christmas is the time … Continue reading

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While You’re Waiting, God is Working

“I trust the LORD God to save me, and I will wait for him to answer my prayer.” Micah 7:7 (CEV) The Bible is clear that there are seasons in life, and one of the seasons that God talks about … Continue reading

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How to Remain Faithful When Suffering

“Those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” 1 Peter 4:19 (NIV) There are people out there who say God wants everybody to be a millionaire. God never wants … Continue reading

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Persuade with Gentleness

“A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.” Proverbs 16:21 (TEV) Gentleness is persuasive. This is extremely important if you happen to make a career in sales. Why? Because … Continue reading

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How Gentleness Calms Conflict

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) Have you noticed that human beings have a tendency to mimic the emotions of people across from us? The reason we do this is … Continue reading

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Depend on God’s Wisdom, Not Yours

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear … Continue reading

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Criticized? Trust God to Defend You

“I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him. He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated. My salvation and honor depend on God; he is my strong protector; he … Continue reading

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