Better Than A Fitbit

I am now the proud owner of a Fitbit. For those of you not familiar with a Fitbit, it’s a device you wear on your wrist or waist that tells you how many steps you take a day, how many stairs you climb, how many calories you burn, how many miles you walk, how many hours you sleep at night, how many times you wake up or are restless, and how long it takes to fall

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10 Steps to Losing Your Passion for God

What causes us to lose our love and passion for Jesus Christ? David wrote Psalm 145 as a psalm of praise. He passionately pursued God, and this psalm shows us what was important to David and what deepened his love and passion for God. If you want to grow in your love for God, follow David’s example.     Beware of the subtle steps to losing your passion for God. 1. Take days off from

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How To Do A Character Study

Consistently spending time in God’s Word is essential to spiritual growth. There are a variety of ways to do this, depending on what your goal is. There is no one way to do Bible study that fits everyone and every season of life. What is effective for you in one season of life may not be effective for you in another. Find what works best for you in your particular season of life. One thing I

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Discipleship or Dependency?

I was recently asked the question: “When do you know if someone is becoming dependent on you in a discipleship relationship or if you are taking the place of the Lord in that person’s life in any way?” That’s a great question. You always want to point the person you’re meeting with to the Lord. Listen to her, ask her questions, but always give her direction on how to go to the Lord for answers

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The Value of Accountability

Is there someone in your life to whom you are accountable? Do you have someone who will ask you honest questions about your walk with God? We all need accountability in some form. One of the girls I was discipling several years ago was engaged, and she asked me to hold her accountable to the purity of their relationship before they got married. I asked what kinds of questions she wanted me to ask. Her

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Make Disciples? Who, Me?

  I asked the question at a discipleship workshop last weekend, If Jesus commanded us to make disciples in Matthew 28:19-20, why are so few Christians actually doing it? His last words to His disciples (and ultimately who all who are disciples of Jesus Christ) were, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that

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How to Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 5)

We have been looking at five things to avoid in order to minimize stress in life, using Psalm 23 as a guide. The first four things we need to avoid are worry, running on empty, despair, and straying off the path. The fifth thing to avoid is fear. Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your

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How to Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 4)

We’ve been looking at five things to avoid in order to minimize stress in our lives, using Psalm 23 as a guide. The first three things we need to avoid are worry, running on empty, and despair. The fourth thing to avoid is straying off the path. Psalm 23:3b – “He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Sheep are very dependent creatures. In order to flourish, they must know and

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A Tribute to Mom on Her 98th Birthday

My mom celebrated her 98th birthday today (February 17). I am so thankful to God for her and the spiritual impact she has made in my life and in the lives of so many others. I wanted to honor her today by listing a few of the things that I’ve learned from my precious mom over the years. 1. A smile is worth more than a thousand words. She can’t talk now, but her smile

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How To Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 3)

Are you discouraged or feeling defeated? Do you need healing and restoration? We’ve been looking at five things to avoid in order to minimize stress, using Psalm 23 as a guide. The first two things we need to avoid are worry and running on empty. The third thing to avoid is despair. Psalm 23:3 – “He restores my soul.” This phrase literally reads, “He causes my vigor to return.” It means to restore vitality or

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