Tag: spiritual growth

Wisdom to Live Right

Wisdom to Live Right

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. But fools despise wisdom and discipline. Pro. 1:7 As we transition into the New Year and 2020 Decade, we need wisdom to live right and this verse gives us the perfect recipe. The starting place is the fear of the Lord which is reverence, dependence and absolute obedience to God. […]

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Remember, Recount, Celebrate!

Recount to Remember!

After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Judges 2:10 History is an accurate record of past events and experiences whether good or bad. Such experiences shape how we live today and give us a forecast of the future. When we choose not […]

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But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord

Rejecting God is Not an Option

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Jos 24:15. Why will serving the Lord be […]

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Birgitta of Sweden on an altarpiece in Salem church, Södermanland, Sweden (WikiCommons)

Reacting to Adversity

“Anna … was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.” Luke 2:36-37 Our response as Christians to tragedy, suffering, loss and the like reveal a lot about our faith and trust in God […]

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Learning to Forgive

You Can’t Forgive?

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25. For the Christian, forgiveness is not optional; it is commanded and required of us regardless of the offense against us. Even when the offender does not come to make amends, God requires us to […]

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God's Promises Are True (Image by Gerd Altmann).

God’s Promises Are True

“God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Num. 23:19 None of us has been able to keep every promise we made no matter how sincere and honest we are. Sometimes it is a character […]

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9 Signs You're Burning Out in Leadership

9 Signs You’re Burning Out in Leadership

by Carey Nieuwhof | Your coping mechanism has gone underground or dark. Whether that’s overeating, over-

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Experiencing the Presence of the Lord

Experiencing the Presence of the Lord

by James W. Goll | We need to spend time resting in God’s presence, going back again and

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Transformation Through Walk for Water

Transformation Through Walk for Water

by Iain Chester, ELCA Youth Gathering | As we look toward Houston and the 2018 ELCA Youth
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Warning Signs of Spiritual Danger

Warning Signs of Spiritual Danger

J. Lee Grady | The test of truth is not how spooky spiritual something sounds, but whether it is in line with
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