Basic Christian Life

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Basic Christian Life Christian : As disciples of Jesus Christ, we want to live the Christian life in a way which pleases Jesus. Someone has said, “The Christian life is not difficult, it is impossible.” We cannot live pleasing to God on our own strength. A supernatural life must be lived by the power of the supernatural Holy Spirit. However, living a supernatural, God-pleasing life does not mean throwing our brains out the window! We have to study and learn what it is that pleases God and then cooperate with…

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Giving Your Life Away

Jesus is all about loving others with everything you have, in every moment, in proclamation of the eternal life He offers. He said:“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18).“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and…

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How to Create Spiritual Whitespace in Your Life

Just as whitespace on a page or screen creates beauty by giving your eyes a place to rest, spiritual whitespace – places to enjoy soul rest with God – can give you a beautiful life of peace, joy, and confidence.You can heal from the stress and pain that clutters your life by intentionally creating more spiritual whitespace. God will meet you in that whitespace and awaken your soul with rest, making something beautiful out of you.Here’s how you can create spiritual whitespace in your life: Open your heart to experience…

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How to Have Life After Death

Off the coast of Maine, there was a Navy ship sailing in a very dense fog. This night, the midshipman saw a fixed light in the distance and immediately contacted his captain. “There’s a light in the distance heading straight for us, what do you want me to do?” The captain told him to flash a signal to the vessel, directing it to change course. The vessel signaled back, “No, you change your course.” Again the captain instructed the midshipman to command the oncoming vessel to change its course immediately.…

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How To Start a New Life

Some people walk through life successfully grasping opportunities. Others of us, like me, trip through life, off-balanced by relationships or addictions or chaotic events we don’t foresee. For example, I made the mistake of mixing a hard drunken stupor with my first night of romance. All I remember was the guy shaking my shoulders telling me it was time to go home. And then there was the night of one dumb discussion about fake ID’s, a fifth of Tequila, and three girlfriends. Tina pledged designated caregiver for two soon-to-be drunks.…

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Why Is Life So Hard?

Why do people get cancer? Why are there earthquakes that destroy entire cities? Why do people have to work so hard just to have enough money to barely feed their families?Subconsciously, we probably ask ourselves questions like these quite often. But consciously we rarely do. We’re so busy living our lives we rarely stop and wonder WHY?But then something happens to wake us up. Our parents get divorced. The girl down the street gets abducted. A relative gets cancer. That wakes us up for awhile. But then we can often…

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What Is the Origin of Life?

One roadblock secular science faces is the origin of anything…and everything. For example, how did the primeval Big Bang originate? Materialists do not know and rarely even speculate. In 1859, Darwin didn’t actually address the origin of the species even though it was the title of his book. Over a century later, an evolutionist stated in a well-respected science magazine, “The origin of animals is almost as much a mystery as the origin of life itself.”1For evolution to be true, before the origin of plants, animals, and people—before any of…

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The Death of a Parent May Be Hard

With the death of a parent (and really, of any close family member), a strange “silence”, or “heavy fog”, may irresistibly descend upon, and eerily engulf, one’s thinking and perception. Life is no longer viewed nor experienced in quite the same way—when the dust eventually settles, a “town” may take on a different hue. It can’t be the same—a major life reference point, and grounding, has irretrievably vanished. With the crashing reality of the demise of one’s parent—the person who was organically responsible for one’s own existence (forging fixed blood-ties)—the…

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Power for Life Change

Sometimes it’s a good idea to reflect on our behavior! Are we truly living the abundant life God has for us, or are we settling for less? One of the ways we can think about this is to ask ourselves, “Am I carnal or am I spiritual?” These are two biblical words with important implications. Knowing what these words mean, and understanding how they play out in our lives can determine the difference between having effective human relations and poor human relations.Paul describes carnality this way – “For whereas there is among you…

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Life in Christ

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)The law of sin pulls us downward. It causes us to miss the mark that we set for ourselves. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, however, pulls us upward.You cannot pass a law that forces me to love you or to have a heart filled with joy. You cannot order me to be a peaceful man. You can force me to act like…

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5 Bible Promises That Everything is Going to Work Out

How do you respond when your child needs surgery? Your 401k loses half its value? Your business partner embezzles funds from you? Your spouse is diagnosed with cancer? You feel like you have failed God one time too many? You discover that your trusted pastor has been having an affair? If you are like me, your first thought is not “everything will work out.”Well-meaning friends may try to comfort me with those words, but, at the moment of anguish, I would prefer a friend who will simply sit with me, weep with me, and pray…

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What’s the Difference?

Yesterday I was at a friend’s house and she was catching me up on the latest season of The Bachelor, a reality show in which an eligible young man is presented with 25-30 potential life-mates and through spending time with them and systematic elimination, finally chooses a bride. We watched part of the first episode, and expressed our disbelief that for some people, this is how they make one of the most important decisions of their lives. We noticed how differently these televised relationships are formed from our own.  Their…

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE

If I was to ask you the question: “What is the most important thing for a Christian to know, believe and experience in this life, what would your answer be?” As I look back over 55 years of being a born-again, Holy Spirit-filled believer and observe the major “happenings” of my walk with Jesus, my answer is: “Hearing and knowing the voice of God personally; knowing when He is speaking to me and knowing that it is indeed the voice of God.” Everything else takes second place to that voice…

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A Life of Discipleship

Only those who have repented, exercised faith, experienced the new birth, and have received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit will obtain salvation. These believers will obey and be faithful disciples of Christ. Discipleship is necessarily a part of the Christian faith.Discipleship is strongly emphasized by the Lord. He said that only those who obey and are faithful disciples will obtain redemption. Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which…

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The Eucharist, Our Faith & Life

And though a single thread of God’s sacramental grace has the instrumental power to incorporate a soul into the Body of Christ, it is lamentable to forego the orchestral truth conveyed by all the sacraments woven in concert throughout the fabric of a human life. The saints give witness to the holy beauty that radiates from the fullness of the Faith lived out through the embrace of the sacramental life completed by the Blessed Sacrament.The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic Faith. It is the sovereign of…

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Word To the Young

Over the last few days I have felt compelled to write the following word to the youth who receive this publication. I ask you to prayerfully consider the things you will read. If you find any truth in what is written, then I admonish you to adjust your life accordingly. Do not waste your life!Remember the Brevity of Life The first man was created in the image of God. If he had submitted to the will of God, he would have been immortal. He would have passed through the years…

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Life on the Cultic Fringe

The recent comments by Professor Bruce Waltke, to the effect that Christianity risks becoming a cult, or at least being perceived as a cult, unless it embraces evolution, have provoked a storm of comment, pro and con.  I do not wish to address Professor Waltke’s comments directly; for the record, I have always enjoyed his writings (and found them helpful).  He is a scholar and gentleman, and when Professor Waltke speaks, I listen, even when I disagree. Thus, what I want to reflect on here are not Professor Waltke’s well-known…

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The Insanity of Sin

“I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.” (Psalm 73:22) The driven, watchful envy of a horizontal pleasure-oriented heart will drive you crazy. It will not only rob you of your satisfaction and joy, it will take your humanity from you. It will make you more of a brute than a friend. It will eat your heart and consume your soul. You see, if you somehow fall into thinking that life is found in the pleasures and comforts of the physical; created people; things and experiences…

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Journey of Faith Through the Life of Christ: The Carpenter’s Son

Journey of Faith Through the Life of Christ: The Carpenter’s Son :See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1 Beloved, family was on God’s heart from the beginning. When He sent His son to earth, he intentionally put Him in a family. Although He was the Son of God, God saw to it that His Son was…

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When Our Children Disappoint Us.

We have all experienced times when a child has chosen a different path than how they were taught, and some of us have more than one child who has for some unforeseen reason has chosen to take a darker path. There is no pain more excruciating for a mother and father than watching your child slip deeper and deeper into the evil embraces of this world, and for single mothers raising sons alone, the task is even more daunting. Sometimes it seems as if the more we pray the worse…

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