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  1. Chad

    Confusion and the Church: Seductions of a Post-Truth Mindset

    In mid-2015, social media feeds were abuzz with articles insinuating that an LGBT activist had leveraged the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which constitutionalized same-sex marriage, to file a federal lawsuit attempting to outlaw the Bible as hate speech. But a quick Internet...
  2. Chad

    Criticized? Trust God To Defend You

    There are always going to be people in your life who misunderstand you and people who don’t like you. There will always be people who criticize you, judge you, attack you, and spread rumors about you. When you are misunderstood, you’re going to have a tendency to get in there and defend...
  3. Chad

    The Man/Woman in the Mirror

    Outside of your relationship with God, your relationship with you is the most important relationship you have. In fact, sometimes, your relationships with others will be messed up because of the relationship you have with yourself. You are influenced more by what you think about yourself than by...
  4. Chad

    The Fight for Change

    So many people know they have to change but they don’t know how. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 says, Nevertheless, when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a...
  5. Chad

    Show Me What I’m Afraid Of

    Yesterday we asked God to search us, reveal the hidden things in our lives, and help us to get rid of them. Usually when we think of God revealing sin, we think of things like sexual immorality, lies, and gossip. These are definitely sins God wants to bring to the light. However, there is often...
  6. Chad

    God and Discipline

    The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. If I were to do to my children what many people think God does to His children, I’d be arrested for child abuse. People say God is good, yet they credit Him with causing cancer and natural disasters and even blame Him...
  7. Chad

    What God is Like

    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Two thousand years ago, one decree revealed God’s heart more clearly than ever before: “Peace and goodwill toward men!” That declaration redefined God’s intent for humanity, but after all these years, many of us have not...
  8. Chad

    Feeling Abandoned

    I have been abandoned before. My father left my mother when I was just a baby. Even though my mother loved me, I spent a great part of my life with a painful question: Why didn’t my father love me enough to stay? So I can relate to Psalm 88 in which Heman the Ezrahite wrote about feeling as if...
  9. Chad

    How to Increase Your Faith

    2 Thessalonians 1:3-4 What are some practical steps you can take to increase your level of faith today? 1. READ THE BIBLE. Romans 10:17 explains, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” That is, you must feed your faith a steady diet of God’s Word. 2. EXERCISE YOUR...
  10. Chad

    God is Faithful

    When I turned 40, a few people asked me, “In 40 years of life what is the one thing you’ve learned about God?” I know a lot of people might have to take some time and think about an answer to give. However, every time someone asks me that question my reply is always the same. GOD IS FAITHFUL...
  11. Chad

    Dealing with Critical People

    All of us deal with criticism in our lives. And it’s typically given to us without asking for it. Perhaps it’s a co-worker, a neighbor or maybe even your mother-in-law that is always willing to give you their unwelcome opinion. I will have to admit that I am NOT an expert in this area. I'm...
  12. Sue J Love

    What is a devotional?

    I have a question to pose. What is a devotional? I mean, what qualifies on here as something that is regarded as a devotional? Biblically, what do you believe should be included in a devotional? What does the Bible have to say on this subject? What should be its purpose? Should there be a...
  13. Chad

    Needing Strength

    But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. Isaiah 40:31 Recommended Reading: Isaiah 40:27-31 The church in Philadelphia was doing its best to take advantage of the open door God provided for its ministries. They were keeping His Word and not denying His Name. They had kept the...
  14. Chad

    Truth is the Key that Sets Us Free

    I can honestly tell you that I believe God has revealed to me the secret of overcoming insecurity. I know what it is like to live in bondage and I know what it’s like to live in freedom and freedom is better. Do I still have moments of worry, self-doubt and uncertainty? Yes, but I no longer live...
  15. Chad

    Fear of Rejection

    Fear Of Rejection Have you ever worried about what other people think about you? We all have. Maybe you act a certain way and you know it’s not you, but you do it to fit in with people. Or, you dress a certain way so you don’t stand out in a weird way or get made fun of. You want people to...
  16. Chad

    From a Stream to a Canyon

    Water is a powerful force of nature. One of the most dynamic ways this force works is not all at once, but over the course of time. Just look at the Grand Canyon. This breathtaking landmark was essentially carved by the Colorado River over an extended period of time. It's easy to underestimate...
  17. B

    Daily Light Devotional

    January 15 MORNING My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word. Psalm 119:25 If ye ... be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For . . . your...
  18. Chad

    Preaching and Teaching Accompanied by the Spirit of God

    This is why only someone who has God's Spirit can understand spiritual blessings. Anyone who doesn't have God's Spirit thinks these blessings are foolish - 1 Corinthians 2:14 We see from these verses that Paul’s mission did not end with his personal transformation alone, but it went on to...
  19. Chad

    Daring Faith: David's Originality

    Technology is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it is a brilliant tool that keeps us connected with one another from around the world. With just a few scrolls on Instagram, we can see what our friends, family and role models are up to, even if they live continents away. On the other hand, all...
  20. Chad

    Why Keep Praying When There Is No Answer?

    Why should you be persistent in your prayers, even when you don’t get an answer? There are four reasons. Persistent prayer focuses your attention. When you pray a prayer request over and over, it’s not to remind God. He doesn’t need to be reminded! It’s to remind yourself who the source of your...
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