Prayer

When Prayer Feels Counterproductive

What do you do when your prayers feel ineffective? Maybe you've had this problem. Maybe you haven't. I'll be honest. In my time as a Christian, there have been moments of doubt as to the productiveness of praying because the enemy kicked me back down as soon as I stood up to fight. Imagine having… Continue reading When Prayer Feels Counterproductive

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encouragement · God's Love

Beautiful Blessings

We often hear people say, "I am blessed." Often, this is expressed in reference to prosperity, health, children, or peace. Indeed, our "blessings" come in diverse and unexpected shapes. In the book of Numbers, Aaron and the priests were instructed to bless the people in this way: The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to… Continue reading Beautiful Blessings

Christian community · Marriage and Family

GenNext: Raising up Christians who know the Lord

STOP! Don't skip this post---it isn't just about raising kids! For the next several weeks, we will be focusing on the importance of equipping children, new Christians, and current Christians to be pivotal members of the body of Christ. The church is in crisis. The number of people identifying as Christians is dwindling. Pew-warmers seek entertainment, and feel-good… Continue reading GenNext: Raising up Christians who know the Lord

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Finish strong (Day 26 of the #encourage marathon)

Someday we will finish our race of life. It could be today. I need to live today as though I will die tomorrow. I need to live for God with every breath and every thought.

encouragement · Knowing God

Help! I need somebody, not just anybody… (Day 25 of the #encourage marathon)

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall… Continue reading Help! I need somebody, not just anybody… (Day 25 of the #encourage marathon)

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Don’t look back! (Day 24 of the #encourage marathon)

While I was driving with a highway patrolmen, he would spot things way up ahead and make a maneuver that made no immediate sense to me. It always turned out to be a wise maneuver. He was adept at making turns at higher speeds without sudden braking and he could wheedle his way through traffic without incident---all because he was trained to drive with a higher focus. Don't look back on life with rose-colored glasses; look ahead with a high visual horizon.

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Keep on fighting (day 23 of the #encourage marathon)

Someone out there is tired of fighting. It might even be you.

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Be diligent (day 22 of the #encourage marathon)

Someone out there is discouraged. It might even be you.

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Never go into a fight without these 5 things… (Day 21 of the #encourage marathon)

Do you ever yell at people in movies, even if it's just in your head? "Don't leave your weapon on the ground!" Or "What are you thinking going into that place alone? You need backup!" It's almost like the person in the movie has lost common sense. Anybody with two eyes can spot the danger. These scenes are suspense winders, designed to heighten your sense of anticipation so that you will jump at the right moment. As Christians, we have 5 things we absolutely need to use everyday. Unfortunately, there are times we cast one aside or simply forget them---to our peril.

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Prepare yourself (Day 20 of the #encourage marathon)

"The only easy day was yesterday." - US Navy Seals. When a soldier prepares for battle, he or she "suits up." They go through a process (usually the same process they've established each time) of putting each piece of gear in place---Undershirt, uniform shirt, pants, duty belt/gear belt, boots, bullet-proof vest, ammunition, helmet, and weapon(s). This process of preparation is vital, as each battle brings different challenges. A soldier must be in constant readiness.