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All I Want for Christmas... Is a Peaceful Family (Part 1)

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How do you keep family dysfunction from ruining your Christmas? What decisions can you make to bring peace into your holiday celebration this year? Are you willing to become a peacemaker? Matt. 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God." Over the next two blog posts I want to give you seven steps according to God's Word for resolving confli...

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All I Want for Christmas... Is a Peaceful Family (Part 2)

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What does it mean to become a peacemaker?This Christmas season commit to becoming an agent of reconciliation in a world filled with conflict. Become a bridge builder not a wall builder. If you missed part one of this blog series, CLICK HERE. 4. I LISTEN FOR THEIR HURT PERSPECTIVE I listen for their hurt and their perspective. How many times have you heard me say, "hur...

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How Does God REALLY See Me? (Part 2)

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When you begin to see yourself as God really sees you, you will be healed from the pain of rejection because it doesn't matter what anybody else thinks if God says I'm acceptable and valuable and lovable. CLICK HERE to read part one of this blog. 2. I AM VALUABLE. You are valuable because of His grace. You are valuable. You are worth something. How much do you think y...

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How Does God REALLY See Me? (Part 1)

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What does God see when He looks at you? What does He think about you? What's His heart toward you? let's set aside how we see ourselves for a moment and take a look at the TRUTH about how God sees us. 1. I am ACCEPTABLE. Many of us spend our entire lives trying to be accepted by others. We want to be acceptable to our parents, to our peers, to our enemies, to people we e...

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How to Stay Spiritually Hungry

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How do I maintain my spiritual hunger for God the rest of my life? So that tomorrow I WANT to know God better than today. And next week I WANT to be closer to him than I am now. And next year I WANT to be even wiser and closer to God. How can God change the desires of my heart to want what he wants for my life? How do I maintain a spiritual appetite? 1. I remind myself h...

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How to Complain to God

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The Bible talks about a kind of prayer called a lament. Most people don't know how to lament. A lament is a passionate complaint to God. God doesn't want you just to praise him. God wants you to lament to him. It's actually an act of worship when you complain to God. It's an act of rebellion when you complain about God. God cares about your complaints. He cares about you. ...

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Grateful for Grace

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You can spell "grace," G-R-A-C-E as God's Riches At Christ's Expense. In light of what Jesus Christ has done for us, what should be our response? How can we show our gratitute to God? "You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich." 2 Cor. 8:9 What do I owe Jesus ...

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When Feelings Lie

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Have you ever had a feeling that something was so right, and then when you did it, it ended up being so wrong? Or it became a total fiasco and a failure? If you really want God's blessing on your life, you have to depend on God's wisdom, not your own. Proverbs 14:12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Notice the word "seems." There'...

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R.E.L.A.X in God's Liberating Grace

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What is our obsession with perfection? What is our obsession with performing? Perfectionism is really just performance taken to an extreme. Some of you have been living in the prison of perfectionism for a long, long time. Today I am going to share with you how you can break free. Definition: Perfectionism is trying to PROVE MY WORTH by being perfect or performing. It'...

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What Does Spiritual Growth Actually Look Like?

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God's purpose in our lives is to help us to change. He wants us to grow. But, how do we measure our spiritual growth? What does that look like? First, it's important to understand what growth is and what growth isn't. Growth is not how many. It's not how many meetings we attend at church. It's not how many verses we memorize in the Bible. It's not how many minutes we s...

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