Repent or Regret

RRMany understand the term repentance (from the Greek word metanoia) to mean “turning from sin.” This turning is simple, thus is not the biblical definition of repentance. In the Bible, the word repent means “to change one’s mind.” The Bible also tells us that true repentance will result in a change of actions (Luke 3:8-14; Acts 3:19). Acts 26:20 declares, “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” The full biblical definition of repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of action. Continue reading

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Who Are Your Friends?

friends2As human beings, we were created to form relationships with others, so it should come as no surprise that we all want to be liked and accepted. We feel better about ourselves when others respect us and seek out our company. It is unfortunate that we all begin life as selfish, prideful people, wishing the world would revolve around us—what we want and need, what we think is right, and what we hope will happen. Some people crave approval from others so much that they’re willing to do anything to get it. Continue reading

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The Source of Power

bibleIf we were being honest, we would admit that the Christian life feels hard most of the time. Life hurts, following Christ feels difficult, and we feel defeated. The Christian life is not hard at all it is in fact impossible. Day after day we face the bombardment of the enemy and fail to recognize that, on our own, we have no chance of experiencing victory, no hope for lasting personal change. Living like Christ is not difficult; let’s be real it’s impossible. Continue reading

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SIN

sinIf you are anything like me, you have heard people say how they heard from God. Have you ever wondered why some people hear from God while others seemingly never do? Why can some hear, feel, see God yet some not at all? In the book of Isiah chapter 59 the prophet Isiah points out to Israel that our sin is what is separating us from God. They seek Him but cannot find Him. Why? Our SIN!! Continue reading

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When Omission Becomes Deceit, You Lie

I recently received a very long and heartfelt email from a woman who recently lost her husband; I will only share a snippet.

“It has been almost two months since James went out with his friends one Friday night after work. I was home with our four children when around 12.45am two policemen came to my door to tell me there had been an accident and to make a long story short, James was involved and died at the scene. I thought it must have been a mistake, after all, James wasn’t even supposed to be on that side of town based on what he told me, but where he was found was nowhere near where I thought he would be”. Continue reading

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In Everything…

thankfulCan you name one thing you can honestly say you “always” find yourself doing, something that’s “constantly” part of your day. Maybe for some, it is constantly talking on the phone, for others, it is being constantly busy, constantly working. Possibly you feel as though you are always thinking about the tomorrow about the future, making plans for what you hope will happen next in your life, bringing about both worry and optimism. Perhaps you are one who finds themselves always glued to the news, picking up after your kids, or stuck in traffic trying to get home. Think about it what is it that thing you find yourself doing daily without fail. Continue reading

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Spirit of Christmas

Although many will have fond memories of the Christmas season whether it is family traditions, childhood reminiscing, a favorite song, or the feel of winter and the first snow of the season. It might be an aroma like warm cider, the scent of fresh evergreens, or Christmas dinner. While those warm memories are ours to enjoy, for some this Christmas season is a difficult one.  Perhaps it reminds you of loved ones who are no longer part of your life, due to death or strained relationships. Either way, the memories are ours, and we need be careful we do not make them the main thing. Life can be hard at times in very real and different ways. However, we must remember without Jesus there would be no celebration. Without Christ, there is no Christmas. Continue reading

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