God’s Plan for Your Pain

“If you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you” (1 Peter 4:19 NLT). Remember what photography was like before everything went digital? When you took a picture, the first thing you’d get was... Continue Reading →

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Unfairness Shows Us We Need Jesus

“I’m a mess. I’m nothing and have nothing; make something of me. You [God] can do it; you’ve got what it takes” (Psalm 40:17 The Message). You’ll hear it from many different quarters these days: People are basically good and unselfish. It’s their environments that turn people’s hearts toward evil.Unfortunately, that theory just doesn’t square with... Continue Reading →

God Says Respond to Unfairness with Love

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:43-44 NIV). Unfairness is part of the human condition. You can’t live on this earth for long without feeling like someone has treated you unfairly. Maybe it’s... Continue Reading →

A Fresh Start After Sexual Sin

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NIV). God’s standards never change. Premarital sex is unacceptable. It always has been. It always will be. Living together without getting married is unacceptable to God. It always has been. It... Continue Reading →

The Battle for Purity Starts in Your Mind

“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life” (Proverbs 4:23 NCV). Every temptation starts in the mind. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life” (NCV). The battle for sexual purity is won or lost in your mind. Any time you see people really messing up... Continue Reading →

FOUR STEPS TO FORGIVING OTHERS

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV). Too many of us don’t really understand what forgiveness is. We struggle through all kinds of misconceptions about what... Continue Reading →

Resentment Hurts You More Than Anyone Else

“To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do” (Job 5:2 GNT). If you hang on to resentment, it will always hurt you more than anyone else. Resentment is self-destructive and counterproductive.Resentment just makes no sense. If any guy ever had a reason to be resentful, it was Job. He... Continue Reading →

Forgive Because God Forgave You

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32 NIV). We will all be hurt in this life. Many times we’ll be hurt intentionally by what people say about us or what people do to us. In fact, any time we read the word “forgiveness” we... Continue Reading →

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