Blessed! (Part 1 & 2) Podcast

Blessed! (Part 1 & 2) Podcast by Pastor Colin Smith for Unlocking the Bible Part 1 You can tell what kind of bird you’re looking at by its distinguishing marks. So what are the distinguishing marks of a Christian? Pastor Colin talks about how you would know it if you actually spotted one. Podcast HERE >>> Part 2 You want to make progress in the Christian life, but you feel stuck. You’ve lost momentum. Pastor Colin talks about the key to progress in the Christian life, and where all progress…

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Pray For Those Around Us

Pray For Those Around Us When I first began, earnestly, praying and was taught about prayer one of the first things I was taught was that whatever was important to me and my life I should pray that for my enemy to receive whatever it was I needed / wanted in my life. It was confusing then and somehow still a little unsettling for me today. 21 days of prayer was the instruction, I was to pray for others 21 days in a row without fail, without missing a day.…

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Let Go – Let God

Let Go – Let God Why is it so difficult to understand and accept that I don’t have to do anything to be saved, loved and forgiven by Jesus Christ? This is one of the easiest things that is ask of us but one of the most trying to pull off! Be still and know that God is… Listen to the still small voice… Rest in His grace and mercy. Having a beating heart, willing hands and a mind that is sometimes difficult to shut down becomes a challenge to…

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Can You Trust God in Your Pain? (Video)

Can You Trust God in Your Pain? Video by Pastor John Piper for Desiring God In this lab, John Piper clarifies that Job did not suffer because of disobedience. Job did not suffer because of a failure. Job did not suffer because of Satan. Job suffered because God willed it. Some questions to ask as you read and study Job: What are some of the most painful experiences you have had to endure? Was it hard to trust God with your pain? Read Job 1:1 and James 5:10–11. How does James summarize the…

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WHEN YOU’RE NOT SURE GOD ACCEPTS YOU

WHEN YOU’RE NOT SURE GOD ACCEPTS YOU by Chris Vogel for Core Christianity I admit that I was (and am) an athletic misfit, but I suspect I wasn’t the only one always picked last for kickball in school. Did you ever eat alone in the cafeteria? Were you ever rejected by the “cool kids” in high school? We all need to know that we are accepted, valued, and loved, but deep down most of us struggle with a visceral sense of rejection and pervasive lack of assurance that can’t be…

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Goodness, Love And Mercy (Video)

Goodness, Love And Mercy Video by Chris Tomlin Video Source Oh Lord, You’re my Shepherd You make me lie in fields of green You lead me by the still waters You restore righteousness to me Though I walk through the valley I will fear no evil thing For You are with me, and You comfort me Surely goodness, love and mercy Will follow wherever I go I’m gonna dwell in the house of the Lord forever

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If We’re Honest (Video)

If We’re Honest Video by Francesca Battistelli Video Source Truth is harder than a lie The dark seems safer than the light And everyone has a heart that loves to hide I’m a mess and so are you We’ve built walls nobody can get through Yeah, it may be hard, but the best thing we could ever do, ever do Bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine ‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides And mercy’s waiting on the other side If we’re honest If we’re honest Don’t pretend to…

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Not Law But Grace Defines Our Future

Not Law But Grace Defines Our Future It seemed the only way God could get my attention was to place a dream upon my heart and in my mind. God had, literally, sent angels to rescue me, show me what mercy looked like and allowed me to turn away from it. Arrogance and ego are a terrible combination when you have no self esteem. Arrogance and ego are right there to drive the bus and do the bidding. How can anyone see anything when these two knuckleheads are at the…

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Stephen: Real Faith, Real Mercy

Stephen: Real Faith, Real Mercy Was Stephen one of the first people to be oppressed in the name of Jesus Christ? We know he was one of the first people to be discussed by the Apostles and one of the first martyr’s among the Saints. After telling the priests and the people they do not understand and are, in fact, not following what Jesus had taught, they stood up and stoned him. Did Stephen curse them or resist in any way? No – he turned the other cheek and proclaimed…

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The Hurt & The Healer (Video)

The Hurt & The Healer Video by MercyMe Video Source The question that is never far away The healing doesn’t come from being explained Jesus please don’t let this go in vain You’re all I have All that remains So here I am What’s left of me Where glory meets my suffering I’m alive Even though a part of me has died You take my heart and breathe it back to life I fall into Your arms open wide When the hurt and the healer collide Breathe Sometimes I feel…

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