How to Know When to Pray

Prayer is one of the divine privileges granted to God’s children. The Bible says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions […]

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Mercy & Grace

One great sentence on two great blessings of God: “God’s grace: God’s giving us what we don’t deserve.  God’s mercy: God’s not giving us what we do deserve.”

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Principles from Proverbs: Finances

Solomon, one of the wealthiest men of ancient times, had quite a bit to say about how we may acquire and use financial resources. One volume of Solomon’s writings – the Book of Proverbs – contains a large catalog of passages dealing with money, including (open your Bible and follow this list through that book): […]

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Principles from Proverbs: Character

The Book of Proverbs is a collection of concise observations about life and how to navigate it successfully. Success is synonymous with living wisely. And wisdom entails doing what is good for yourself and others, today and into the foreseeable future. These four considerations provide a framework for discerning the best way to live, from […]

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Do I Have Enough Faith to Forgive?

Jesus gave us some very specific teaching about having a forgiving spirit: “Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” 5 The […]

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Cross-Shaped Christians

The cross is so much a part of Christianity that a cross-shaped emblem or pendent is immediately identified with Jesus and His followers. In a symbolic sense, every follower of Christ should have a cross-shaped life. In the last chapter of Galatians, Paul emphasized the primacy of the cross in the life of every Christian, […]

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The Five Most Popular Ways to Sin

Christians have plenty of reasons to be opposed to sin: It defiles the innocent; it degrades society; it destroys the soul. Another significant reason: It costs Jesus His life. Paul explained that “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures” (I Cor. 15:3b). Any sin that might be committed will likely fall into one […]

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