Leaving Control Behind

Leaving Control Behind Why do we chase after control? Because control makes us feel like we can map out the future–giving us peace of mind. But control is an illusion. We don’t actually have control over all the aspects of our lives. But what if we don’t need “control” in order to have peace regarding…

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Leaving Complacency Behind

Leaving Complacency Behind What is something no one wants to hear? “You’ve really settled!” Whether it be with reference to a marriage, career, or anything else–settling for less is never what we want. And this is the textbook definition of being “complacent.” It’s basically an oxymoron for a Christian to be complacent when God has…

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Leaving Judgmentalism Behind

Leaving Judgmentalism Behind Judgmentalism might just be the world’s true pastime. Everyone, regardless of religious or economic background, is an expert at judging others. Instead of accepting it, we look to Jesus to see how he chose to embody compassion as the world’s Savior, and how this might give us a new lens of how…

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Prayer of Unity

Prayer of Unity When was the last time the world felt harmonious? The truth is, division is rampant everywhere. Unity feels so far-fetched and idealistic but it’s something Jesus prayed for–at least for his people to model. When Jesus prays for unity he is tapping into something that will make God’s people incredibly compelling and…

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Prayer of Blessing

Prayer of Blessing Who would ever turn down a blessing? Yet, how view of us include prayers of blessing (for ourselves and for others) as part of our daily conversations with God? This week we talk about how prayers of blessing are powerful and why they should be part of our everyday conversations with God.…

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Prayer of Gratitude

Prayer of Gratitude When was the last time you said “Thank you” to God? It’s incredible how easy it is to take a warm shower and climb into a comfortable bed with a roof overhead without feeling a genuine sense of gratitude. But not only are prayers of gratitude polite, this week we talk about…

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The Scientific Benefits of Gratitude

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Oxford defines gratitude as, “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. So, why should we practice gratitude? If we are Christ-followers, we are commanded to give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Why does…

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