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To Forgive or to be Forgiven...That is the Question

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Jesus commands us to seek first the grace of Godly grief that leads to genuine repentance and reconciliation. When we come to our Heavenly Father in that posture of brokenness and humility, with a heart that is willing to extend grace to others, then we find ourselves with a heart that is fertile to receive the grace we so desperately need. The two are so intimately and ...

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Praying to the God of Fellowship

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I think one of the most difficult aspects of prayer is that it feels very impersonal. Can we really commune with the God of the universe...the same God who is creator and sovereign Lord over all things??? Why would God even care about my silly needs when he has wars, and famines, and diseases to worry about? Let's be honest, we've all felt that way. You may even feel t...

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Prayer and God's Provision

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Of all of the many facets of prayer that we find taught in scripture, perhaps the most often misunderstood is that of petition. We are often instructed in scripture to bring our requests before God; sometimes, even incessantly (see the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18). Likewise, we are called to cast our cares and worries upon Jesus. To say that God has grant...

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Finding Hope in Seasons of Waiting

In this week's lesson, we had the opportunity to look at what it means to wait upon the Lord. God often allows us to remain in seasons of waiting in order to teach us something about ourselves, about him, or perhaps a bit of both. However, when we find ourselves in these prolonged periods, we often struggle to remain faithful. Doubt, fear, worry, impatience, and frustra...

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Pray Then Like This

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For the next 5 weeks at The Journey we're going to be dissecting each line of this prayer to get at the root of what prayer is to be. I believe that understanding this prayer can revamp and re-energize your prayer life because it's so rich in meaning. Prayer has a purpose and when you latch onto it you'll be different. Failure to understand prayers role in your fai...

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Lessons From The Past

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The great American poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, once said, "I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going." There is great wisdom in those words. So often in today's culture of short attention spans and instant gratification, our churches seek to cater to the culture rather than being a tr...

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The Christian Life Ain't No Pleasure Cruise!

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The truth is, despite the sales pitch many churches and pastors are peddling these days, the Bible makes it abundantly clear that we should expect the Christian life to be more of a bumpy ride than a pleasure cruise. Our gracious election into salvation isn't a one way ticket to a life of comfort and luxury, rather it is a call to sacrificial living, humility, serving oth...

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All You Need Is Love???

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The truth is, we can see the love of God all around us. From the care he took in creating us and the universe in which we live (Psalm 139:13-16, Psalm 19:1), to the way we have been designed to exist in fellowship with others (Genesis 2:18), to his gracious provision for our physical needs (air to breath, sunshine, rain to water the earth, food to eat, etc.) (Matthew 6:25...

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Trials And The Trust Fall

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We may start out strong in our faith, but like Job, the longer our suffering persists, the more we become like whiny little children demanding, "How much longer!?!?!" It takes a mature believer to be able to wait patiently upon the Lord when everything in our lives feels like it is on fire! It takes an even more mature believer to accept that it may be part of God's plan...

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Dealing With Slander

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Have you ever been the victim of a malicious personal attack? If you haven't, count yourself among the lucky few! Most of us have at some point in our lives experienced the hurt and frustration associated with the defamation of our good name. It's true, that no one likes being criticized, but when the claims being made about you are untrue, it adds an additional layer o...

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