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Faith Indicator: How Do You Know If You Have Faith?

Our values should dictate our decisions. What we value should impact how we live our lives. In every area of life we should be intentional to make sure that the things that we are doing (the the activities that fill our schedules) actually represent what we value. In the Gospels, Jesus gives a great illustration what this "values dictating decisions" ...
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3 Reasons You Should Finish Your Current Season Strong

Have you ever been tempted to quit, give up, coast, let up on the gas, or straight up check out mentally? I know there have been many of times in my own life when I have been tempted to throw in the towel on a commitment I have made or season I am in. The one thing I find true ...
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5 Life Skills To Master Before Marriage

There are certain basic life skills that should be mastered (or at least strongly developed) before entering marriage. In his book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey talks about how we must have private victory before public victory, and the same is true within marriage. Husbands and wives must have private victory (personal growth & development) before they ...
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Thoughts on God Conversations

As I am writing this, I am coming back from a weeklong service evangelism mission trip that Eric and I took with 33 EPIC Commission students. We linked up with 500 other Christian college students this past week to share the love of Jesus with college spring breakers. We spent our mornings and our evenings serving spring breakers in practical ways via ...
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7 Ways To Beat Lust With Scripture

The temptation to lust is everywhere. Lust (in the Greek) is a desire, craving, or longing for what is forbidden. With “show more skin” as the culturally accepted norm, coupled with the fact that technology has made it so easy to access “lustful” content 24/7, it can be very hard as a Christian to maintain a standard of purity. Attempting ...
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3 Reasons You Should Do An Integrity Check

I think it’s safe to say that we all want to follow God’s plan for our life, right? How about leading a successful and blessed life? What about leaving a legacy with the life you lived? All honorable ambitions worthy of our pursuit. But first things first... It's time for an “Integrity Check”. Yep, you heard correctly...INTEGRITY! If you desire ...
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When Will I Be Enough?

Actress, Sierra Boggess has coined the phrase, "You are enough. You are so enough. It is unbelievable how enough you are." And something about that phrase strikes a cord in our culture. If we are all honest, at the end of the day, we all desire to be "enough", right? I know I do! And for me, many times it is ...
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Reestablishing Sexual Boundaries After You’ve Gone Too Far

Couples often wonder if it's even possible to back things up and stop crossing the line once a sexual boundary has been breached in a dating relationship. Culture implies that once you "go all the way," you can't go backward, and most people would agree that it can't be done. As believers, we know that God forgives us and promises ...
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7 Things You Should Know About Yourself

Too many Christians are walking around void of identity. They are walking around letting circumstances, people, situations, mistakes, and even successes define who they are. And, it seems like recently, there is an emphasis on finding your identify in your uniqueness (which to a certain extent is a valid and a good pursuit), however it seems like the pursuit of unique ...
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2 Ways To Grow Your Faith

Have you ever felt distant or disconnected from God? Have you ever had a desire to believe more in God, but weren’t sure where to start? Ever felt like you just need more faith? If so, then you and I aren’t too different. Over the years I have been on my own journey of faith, and have definitely had my ...