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Do You Need A Timeout?

Posted: 2:33 pm on March 10, 2014 Be the first to comment on this post

By Lili Richey Willard

Lili Richey Willard

A worn out Christian can't cut it. It's truth, and I have experienced it. Truly.

When the call of God comes, we take the time to become equipped, to make plans, to have all our ducks in a row...or so we think. But do we realize how difficult Godly service can be? The time it may involve? And are we willing to take the steps required to achieve ultimate success for His plans, or are we aiming at completing OUR plans?

I was a victim. My own fault, but I was a victim nonetheless. I tend to

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Categories: Christian Living

Tags: Kingdom, Out, Service, Time, Witness, God


Abandoned on the Highway of Death

Posted: 5:40 am on November 01, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post

By Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman

When Jesus was asked by His disciples how to pray, He gave them the perfect template in what is commonly called The Lord's Prayer. Part of this prayer was to pray for the kingdom to come. I believe it is right to pray for His kingdom to come.

Recently, I viewed something that astonished me and created in me an urgent feeling to pray more fervently than I had ever prayed before...to pray for the King of this coming kingdom to come...and to come quickly. I was driving to work one day when in

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Categories: Christian Living | Family and Relationships

Tags: evangelism, Jonah, pets, witness


Miley Is No Longer Overlooked

Posted: 5:07 pm on August 28, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post

By Shannon Perry

Shannon Perry

Miley Cyrus made sure she was not overlooked at this week’s MTV Awards. While many label her actions as “individualized expression,” others recognize the truth behind her outrageous performance.

Miley, just as many other young adults and teens in our culture, desires one thing above all --ATTENTION. Many young people I have counseled and taught in conferences tell me they are feeling neglected, abandoned and overlooked. They are seeking attention any way they can get it – whether negative

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Categories: Family and Relationships

Tags: parenting, purity, sex, teens, tweens, Miley Cyrus


Hammer or Chair?

Posted: 8:11 am on August 24, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post

By Jason Hess

Jason Hess

A while back a good friend of mine shared with me a video that really spoke to me. It resonated with me concerning how I relate to my spouse and what she really needs from me, not what I think she needs from me. That said I encourage you to take a moment and watch this short video.

Earlier this year with the help of a trained counselor I was smacked in the face by the fact that I approach situations, especially those with me wife, and for that matter even my kids, with a HAMMER. Meaning

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Categories: Family and Relationships

Tags: comfort, listening, marriage, relationships


The Prayer God Always Answers ‘Yes’

Posted: 4:45 pm on August 21, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post

By Amy Vogel

Amy Vogel

There is a prayer I believe God always says “yes” to. I don’t believe He says yes to every prayer, although I do believe they are all heard, especially if we are praying from a place of belief in Christ.

In Mark 11, Jesus curses a fig tree. He does so even though the tree has leaves. That was usually a sign it could have produced fruit and was still a viable tree. But apparently that wasn’t the case. It wasn’t going to produce fruit and Jesus could tell. The leaves were another way of

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Categories: Christian Living

Tags: Faith, God's promises, Jesus Christ, prayer, unanswered prayer


Why Jesus Would Succeed as a CEO Today

Posted: 9:09 am on August 20, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post

By Tanya Marchiol

Tanya Marchiol

Here are six reasons why Jesus would be an excellent CEO in today's marketplace:
 
High integrity
"Be sincere, not a hypocrite" (Matt. 6:1-6). Jesus was an individual who told the truth and demanded others do the same. In today’s economy, shareholders of Jesus’ company would always be assured that they’d be getting straight answers from their CEO. Also Jesus’ company would likely have a great reputation in today’s marketplace as honesty & strong ethics are desired virtues.
 
People
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Categories: Money | Careers

Tags: business, CEO, Jesus, leadership


Surviving in the Mist

Posted: 5:49 am on August 01, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post

By Jason Hess

Jason Hess

At some point, maybe even now, you will find yourself walking through a truly dark and scary moment in life. Times of intense unknown can paralyze you. These moments can cause you to lose heart and throw in the towel mere seconds before the first real glimmer of breakthrough is spotted. Moments of crazy uncertainty can make you feel as if a darkness has burrowed into your skin and is worming its way to your heart in an attempt to drain your life force.

My family is currently walking through

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Categories: Christian Living

Tags: crisis, faith, health, hope, marriage


Let Your Words Be Life

Posted: 9:26 am on June 06, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post

By Jason Hess

Jason Hess

"I love you."

"You’re amazing."

"Wow, that was really good babe."

Those are words of life that my wife has said to me more times than I can count. Each time she speaks these simple words of affirmation they recharge me, my sense of worth, love, and significance. As Gary Chapman in his book The Five Love Languages says they fill my "Love Tank".

Whether or not words of affirmation are your primary love language isn’t the point of this post. The point is that the words we speak to those

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Categories: Family and Relationships

Tags: Family Life, Gary Chapman, Marriage, The Five Love Languages, Words of Affirmation


Say ‘No’ or ‘Go’ Then Let It Go

Posted: 2:13 pm on April 20, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post

By Dionna Sanchez

Dionna Sanchez

Whenever an invite, opportunity, obligation, or something similar comes up – I go through quite the mental battle in my head if it’s something I really don’t want to do or dread doing.

You might think, “Why doesn’t she just say “no?” Well, you see…. I’m a good girl. A people pleaser. And a people pleaser doesn’t JUST SAY NO. She stresses about it instead. She stresses about the fact that she will have to participate, attend, or be involved in something she really doesn’t want to, or doesn’t

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Categories: Christian Living

Tags: beauty and image, compassion, empathy, health, people pleasing, self esteem, anxiety


When Someone Can’t Control You Anymore

Posted: 5:26 am on April 18, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post

By Dionna Sanchez

Dionna Sanchez

Sometimes in life, there are relationships that we hold very dear to us – especially family relationships. They seem to go along smoothly and we can’t ever imagine things being different. Changing. But they do. You grow up. You change your opinions. You evolve into your own person. And things start to shift.

It’s subtle at first, but the more you find your own voice and purpose, oftentimes, the more you notice the shifting ground. Things aren’t as comfortable anymore. Differences of opinion

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Categories: Family and Relationships

Tags: depression, family, family dynamics, family relationships, fear, friendships, image, relationships, self esteem, control



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