In a Season of Loss, Release Your Grief

“Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8 NLT). Tragedy always produces strong emotions—anger, fear, depression, worry, and sometimes guilt. These feelings can scare us, and we often don’t know what to do with them. When we have experienced a major loss, these enormous feelings bubble up within us. If we... Continue Reading →

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Are You Teachable or Unteachable?

“At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: ‘O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike’”(Matthew 11:25 NLT). Jesus wants us to be like little children because we need to remain teachable so we can mature... Continue Reading →

A Prideful Heart Opposes God

“'God opposes everyone who is proud, but he is kind to everyone who is humble.’ Surrender to God!”(James 4:6-7 CEV). We often make plans without even consulting God. Then we pray and ask God to bless our plans, even though we didn’t ask him to take part in them. We just assume that our plans... Continue Reading →

Learn to Be Content

“Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need” (1 Corinthians 4:7-8 The Message). Instead of focusing on what you don’t have and what didn’t happen, you can choose to be grateful for what you do have... Continue Reading →

Confront in Truth, Affirm in Love

“A word of encouragement does wonders!” (Proverbs 12:25 TLB). If someone came to you today and said, “Let’s go have some coffee; I want to point out all the areas in your life that need changing,” you probably wouldn’t be thrilled to have that conversation. You might think, “Who do you think you are?” You might... Continue Reading →

Seize the Opportunity to Serve

Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Never tell your neighbors to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now” (Proverbs 3:27-28 The Message/GNT). Love is something you do. Love doesn’t just say, “I feel sorry for what happened to that guy. Isn’t it a shame?... Continue Reading →

The Real Reason We Argue

“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had” (Philippians 2:4-5 NLT). When you meet someone to resolve a conflict, you first have to confess your part of the problem. Then, you need to listen for the other person’s hurt... Continue Reading →

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