Do you ever feel that God is distant and not especially concerned with your life? Do you faithfully go through the motions of attending church, reading your Bible, and doing good works, and yet…feel a lack of connection with God? Do you wonder if there’s more to be had? The good news is that there is more – so very much more! God’s plan for us is to encounter Him – to have true intimacy with Him! What Does God’s Word Say About Encounter? In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) [...]
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Do you ever struggle with feelings of self-condemnation? Have you caught yourself judging others? Do your life circumstances sometimes make you doubt God’s goodness and His love for you? Today, we’re going to explore the roots of a judgmental spirit, and how direct encounter with God can set us on a correct path – the path where we, as individuals and as the church as a whole, can achieve the plan that God has revealed for us. […]
Do you sometimes feel that God is unapproachable or unavailable? Do feelings of guilt or shame make you feel fearful or unworthy of God? Where do these thoughts and feelings come from? […]
Many people struggle to have true intimacy with God or with their family. Today we’re going to look the root cause of our trouble with connecting with God, with our spouse, with our children, or with others. […]
Who are we in Christ? In Romans 8:16-17 we read, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now, if we are God’s children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” What are the implications of being God’s sons and daughters and co-heirs with Christ? How does the character of our Father God relate to our relationship with Him and with our ministry to others? […]
There are so many things to discuss when it comes to relationships, so I’ve extended our Creating Healthy Relationships blog to include a Part 2! In this article, we will discuss community and confrontation. […]
Relationships are our greatest treasures in life. When we get to the end of our lives, we won’t be thinking about how much we have in the bank; we’ll be thinking about the people in our lives. Whether we realize it or not, there’s a real desire for community and real authentic relationships. But at the same time, often our wounds come from people. This makes navigating relationships tricky sometimes. […]
Have you been a Christian for a while but you’re struggling to live a transformed life? The truth is, transformation is an ongoing process for Christians until they get to heaven, so we might as well accept that. In the meantime, there are some basic principles that can help us understand transformation and how we can partner with God’s work in us. Transformation is … … a process. In fact, transformation is an inside-out process. It starts with our spirit at the rebirth as we receive the Lord and as we welcome Holy Spirit within us. While we feed our [...]
To wrap up this series, let’s talk about suffering and why God allows it. Notice that I didn’t say that God causes suffering; He allows it. There is a huge difference. And here’s some good news: there is a purpose in suffering. Here is the main verse that we’ve been studying throughout this series: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only [...]
Wisdom is something that most people want more of in their lives. We understand the importance of making wise decisions today in order to have a better future. But where does wisdom come from? And how do we get it? First, understand that God grants us the spirit of wisdom & revelation. In fact, Proverbs 9:10 says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. So if we want to grow in the characteristic of wisdom, we need to start by honoring and respecting God. Defining Wisdom Many people think that wisdom and understanding are the same things, [...]