Combatting Complacency So I Press On Toward All God Has For Me

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The Oxford dictionary defines “complacent” as “showing uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements.” When I reflect on my spiritual life, that is, my walk with God, it is easy to become complacent. It is easy to become “uncritical” and settle for a certain level of progress in my life. Socrates, an ancient Greek philosopher,…

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Where Was Jesus Before the Gospels?

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Have you ever thought about what Jesus was up to before the incarnation, before Christ came as an infant? For millennia, theologians have marveled at what it means that Jesus has eternally existed as the Lord, Yahweh, the God of Israel. This is part of the larger revelation of the Trinity, and without getting lost…

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The Gates of Hell or Hades? What’s the Difference?

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13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the…

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When We Look Like Our Heavenly Father

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Many of us resemble our parents, whether we take that as a compliment or not! Maybe you say certain phrases they do, or you do a routine chore in a specific and quirky way. Hopefully, we can take the good and learn from the rest when it comes to resembling our parents. But how about…

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The Hidden Surprise in the Story of Mary and Martha

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Luke 10:38-42 contains a famous narrative involving Jesus, Mary, and Martha. This story is often used to talk about priorities; usually saying something to the effect that we should not be distracted with tasks (like Martha) and miss out on being with Jesus (like Mary). While this is true, there is more to the story.…

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The Small Shift that Can Make a Big Difference for Your Kids

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It is an exciting thing to watch friends and family members become parents. Suddenly, there are limitless subjects of interest to bond about and discuss with the wild world of parenting. And while there are many “game-changers” for parents, there is one thing in particular that will make a big difference for dads (both parents…

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Have You Considered the Flowers?

“How are you doing today?” How do you typically answer this question? Many of us tend to default to superficial answers of “good” or “fine.” But maybe we’ll give a more honest answer like “stressed,” “worried,” or “anxious.” Daily anxiety is the norm for the average American and Christians are not exempt. Whether we like…

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How You Are Free From Sin

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Identity is everything. And how we perceive our identity is just as important. As Christians, our relationship to Jesus changes our identity in such a drastic manner that it would take years to truly unpack the riches of it! The book of Romans follows a long argument of Paul’s in how the righteousness of God…

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Matthew 20: A Lesson on How to Read the Parables of Jesus

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Jesus’s parables are some of the most well-known parts of the gospels. Yet, many times Jesus’s audience left confused with what to take away from the parable (e.g. Luke 8:9 & Mark 4:10). So, is there a way to understand these enigmatic stories? Yes! And it is important to understand the parables of Jesus since…

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From Spending to Investing: Changing the Way We See Time

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I love that the allotted time of each day is one of the grand equalizers of us all. Whether you are a CEO of a multi-billion dollar company or a stay-at-home-parent or anything else, we all have 24 hours in a day. Think about it: time is the one commodity so precious that you can’t…

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