3 Evidences of a Changed Heart

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We can all struggle to know what true repentance from sin looks like.  2 Corinthians 7:10 identifies two types of sorrow.  If we are truly convicted of our sin by the Holy Spirit, we will be grieved by our past actions to the point of doing everything we can to fight against sin.  On the other hand, worldly sorrow means … Read More

Is it Time to Wise Up?

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We can tend to think that wisdom comes from putting information or knowledge into our brains.  Jesus taught that wisdom is actual obedience or action.  To illustrate this point, Jesus taught his followers about the wise man and the foolish man in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:24-27).   The story is about two men who built homes, heard … Read More

How to Make Friends

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Do you think you can make more friends by being interested in other people or by trying to get them to be interested in you?  We all know the answer.  People are not interested in us, they are more interested in themselves.  Alfred Adler, the famous Viennese psychologist, wrote a book ,What Life Should Mean to You.  In the book … Read More

The Weapons to Fight the Cravings

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Many have argued that there is not enough help out there for people who are addicted.  I don’t think the problem is a lack of help or programs.  Could there be a lack of revealed truth from God’s Word in that person’s life?  Is the main problem that people suppress the truth, and deny God’s solutions to the problems? God’s … Read More

3 Steps To a Heart of Contentment

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The lessons Jesus taught were radically opposed to the world’s way of thinking.  We can be so immersed in the messages of the world that we underestimate their power and influence upon our thinking.  The world promotes the selfish ideas that we just “deserve the best.” The message of the gospel of Christ tells us that we deserve an eternity … Read More

How To Be a Person of Influence

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If we want to be an influence in a person’s life, do we need to talk about what they want and show them how to get it? Is every act you have ever performed all about getting what you want? Let’s say you made a large contribution to your favorite charity. You gave the donation because you wanted to lend … Read More

Four Essential Steps For a Changed Life

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Any change we make in life is going to require us to get real and honest with ourselves.  I can hear my mind telling me, “I can handle this, it’s not really that bad, or I won’t do that again.”   The best one yet is when I say to myself, “I’ve learned my lesson.”  I don’t know about you, but … Read More

Change All of Your Relationships for the Better

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I heard a pastor today talk about the best way to develop an effective ministry.  He said it is all about asking the right question.   He decided to start a ministry to college students.  He did not want to have a place for them to just come and hang out for Bible study; he wanted them to have a vision … Read More

Do You Make this Critical Mistake?

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I remember one of the first things we learned in biblical counseling training were the rules for communication from Ephesians 4:25-32. One of the rules, from Ephesians 4:29 “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to … Read More

The Perfect Antidote to the Stress That Impairs You

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Our American culture is one that often encourages us to escape. When we feel tired and overworked can we say to ourselves, “I need a vacation?” Is there an underlying meaning in there that says, “I need to escape from the rigors of everyday life?” Is there a sense in which we are saying that it is permissible to escape … Read More