5 Secret Sins That Are Ruining Your Church

Every. Human. Being. is born with a sin nature. And you should be able to see it. Here’s a news flash: if you can’t see someone’s sin nature, they are probably hiding it intentionally. And it is those of us who hide our sin intentionally that are ruining the church.

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A Tale of Sin & Grace: A Testimony of God's Faithfulness

My story includes a lot of sin; the ugly kind that you can't justify or explain away.  But I've come to peace with that, because the ugly sin in my life makes God's grace look all the more beautiful in contrast.  If I can be any kind of example or hope to someone else stuck in that endless cycle of secrecy and fear, I don't mind any cost there may be to my reputation.

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How to Avoid Sharing Your Heart in Unsafe Places

The Bible has a lot to say about choosing who to share your thoughts with.  We can learn a lot about who we should trust when we need to vent, share our hearts, or ask for accountability.  While we need to be open and friendly to all types of people, it is also good to be exclusive when you are considering who to confide in.

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Faith Shines Best in the Winter

When you cling to what God has promised, even though there’s no sign or assurance that he’ll ever fulfill it. When you obey despite pain and danger and hardship. When you don’t understand and yet your hope remains unshaken. When you study and pray and cry out for answers. That is when faith stands out, its simple beauty and resilience glowing against the snow.

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How to be Inspired by The Word of God

The secret to consistently finding that hunger and thirst for the word.. is to feed it to yourself regularly.  There is no shortcut or loophole.  If you want to be a faithful follower of Christ, you need to faithfully follow him every day. Not to say that God doesn’t speak through his word when you’ve been going through a dry spell.  And not to say that God doesn’t answer people’s prayer for comfort or insight when they pop and point, using the Bible like a quote book or a Magic 8 ball.

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Leaning on The Comforter When My Heart Condemns Me

I am well acquainted with guilt.  When you are living in unrepentant sin, there is always a heaviness of shame over your heart.  I think the lie that we tell ourselves, or maybe that Satan tells us, is that it will get better.  That eventually the situation will resolve itself without a need for us to confess and repent.  That we can keep plowing forward, because our ultimate goal is good.  That the ends justify the means.

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3 Easy Steps to Grow the Spiritual Disciplines in Your Life

Spiritual Disciplines are one of those things that you know that you should be doing but don’t actually take the time to do.  They are the practices that will help you to deepen your faith experience with Jesus, and they change your heart as you practice them over time.  Sometimes people shy away from disciplines because deepening your faith and changing your heart also require you to change some of the fundamental elements of your life, and that can be hard.

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