Which Way Did He Go?

It’s impossible to focus on both Jesus AND circumstances. We have to pick one or the other. And if we choose to focus on circumstances, suddenly it’s as if Jesus is gone.

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A Time to Laugh, A Time to Mourn

I remember the words of a wise man who said that some of the darkest hours on this earth are the ones when Heaven is rejoicing, because our loved ones are now in Paradise.

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Why “Do Good” For No Reason?

We genuinely want to help others without expecting anything in return. But it’s hurtful when there’s no response or, worse yet, a bad response to our good efforts. So why keep trying?

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When Enough is Never Enough

When was the last time you had everything you wanted? Spend a little here. Save for something big. Splurge to lift your spirits. Really, what is enough?

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Cross the Starting Line - Just Start!

Is it harder to cross the starting line or the finish line? Many of us never move forward because we’re more afraid of the unknown than the known.

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Getting What You Ask For and More

If a fairy godmother was standing in front of you right now with sparks flying off her glittery wand as she tapped it in her hand, what would you ask for? What’s your #1 wish?

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What Would Your Last Words Be?

If you knew you were going to die and you were given the opportunity to speak to a large group of people, what would your last words be? This is the story of Rachel Barkey, age 37.

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I Am Second

Most people are pushing to come out on top. We expect life to turn out one way but are broadsided by reality. New life is still possible, but not if we try to control our destiny.

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Treasures in the Lost and Found

Have you ever lost something you really liked and couldn’t replace? Favorite things are too precious to easily let go.

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Who is Jesus?

We don’t think about ancients like Caesar or Alexander the Great. Yet people today are laying down their lives to talk about Jesus. Who is He?

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Love Notes from God

Until recently, I never realized how many love notes God sends us every day. He speaks to us regularly in various ways. We have to be ready to look and listen.

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Wallenda’s Praise & Prayer at 1500'

Nik Wallenda crossed the Grand Canyon on a tightrope. No net, no harness. Read the details here! Wallenda’s peace and courage came from Jesus. Ours does too.

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Not Everything Happens for a Reason

Saying everything has reason suggests everything has a good twist. Even terror, murder and abuse. Everything is NOT good and everything is NOT from God.

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Want to be Happy? Practice “Happy”!

Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” We can practice being happy. And it works!

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When Plans and Dreams are Shattered

When our lives come to a screeching halt because of bad surprises, how can we hold onto faith? We can’t just go with the flow or pretend everything is fine.

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Past Scars: Stepping Stones to Purpose

Instead of being afraid or ashamed of our past, we find purpose as we realize our past struggles allow us to help others who are struggling in similar ways.

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What Happens To Us When We Die?

We don’t like to think about dying because most of us aren’t sure what’s next. But with the recent devastation and loss of lives, people are starting to wonder.

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What Are You Doing With Your Dash?

When we die, there will be two numbers on our headstone: the date we were born and the date we died. Neither number matters as much as the dash in between.

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Your Life Story in Six Words

Ernest Hemingway’s legendary shortest story “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” Sad and emotional. What if in six words you could spark hope in someone’s life?

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On the Road to New Beginnings

No matter where you’ve been, no matter where you are, know that you too can experience the fullness of new life! I’m living proof.

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Sweet Friendship Refreshes the Soul

Our sense of smell engages our brain and emotions as memories warm our heart. Like these beautiful aromas, friends refresh our spirit, even if we’ve been apart.

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Eye of the Storm

The eye of the storm. The place of peace where truth and courage meet. No matter what storm we’re in, we can survive and be stronger on the other side.

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Church: Hospital or Country Club?

Church is for those seeking truth on the journey of life. It’s for people like me who want to turn from the brokenness of our past and walk forward to new life.

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Mud Puddles of Life

Where are you stuck? Fear? Isolation? Shame? Depression? Worry? Guilt? Mud puddles of life stem out of hopelessness. We’re afraid things won’t get better.

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This Changes Everything!

We’re stuck. In real life, past hurts, loneliness, dead relationships, debt, depression… But don’t despair, there’s something that changes everything!

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Who is God to You?

Everyone has their own thoughts about God. But many of us don’t think about having a personal, daily relationship with the Almighty. God wants that to change.

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Feeling Fruity: It’s a Good Thing

Everyone’s life produces something. How do we get good fruit to grow? How do we get out of the weeds and live a full and joyful life even in the midst of trials?

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Take Your Stand

No one wants to be attacked, but we are. Self-worth cracks. Shame, regret and guilt from the past haunt us. God gives us armor and weapons to take our stand.

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Breaking Free and Staying Free

Many of us feel stuck in our circumstances or bound by guilt, regrets, and wounds of the past. We don’t believe we can break free. But we can. Here’s how.

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5 Steps On the Right Path Forward

GPS or not, when it comes to life, we aren’t where we think we should be. We run in circles. But there’s a path of life marked out for you, and you can find it.

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What Will God Really Do For You?

Ever wonder if God cares? If He’s creator of the universe and busy dealing with wars, famine, asteroids, floods and tragedies, how can He have time for us?

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When the Road Gets Tough

Keep moving forward. We can’t let fear, doubt, or any other feelings keep us in bondage. By nature, we are survivors. We’ve been given strength to overcome.

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3 Remedies for Spiritual Dehydration

Ever feel wilted, like you’re thirsting for something more in life? We get weary and need renewal. But we can’t quench our soul-deep thirsts by ourselves.

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God Loves You Because…

Our lives will transform if we embrace God’s love and grow our relationship with Him. The first step to believing God’s love is to understand why He loves us.

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How to Find Encouragement

It’s hard to get out of the pits, especially if we’re trying to do it alone. But we can find encouragement to help us rise above our real life circumstances.

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