Our past marks us. Those experiences go into making us the people we are. But some of those experiences we would rather forget. Guilt, shame, and regret can carve deep gashes in our souls—permanent reminders of another life we would prefer to leave behind.
A conversation about grace with Joe Duke.
No one makes Christ Lord; He is Lord. So, it goes without saying that His lordship extends over the life of every person. Whether or not we acknowledge His lordship is another matter altogether.
Every person in every church and every pastor should never forget a singular, irreplaceable truth: Jesus is the head of the church. Jesus is first in everything.
No other event is more central to our finding and following Jesus than His resurrection. Without it, the Christian faith is just wishful thinking. But if Christ is raised from the dead, that changes everything.
God has given us the chance to talk about what we believe.This week we hear about how when asked, Peter tells others that Jesus is the Messiah. We can talk with our friends and family about what it means to follow God. We can ask questions when there’s something we...
Yet, there are so many prayers I pray that God has not yet answered — the salvation of friends and family members, direction for the next stage in life, peace and unity in the Church. The list could go on and on. But when I’m discouraged by the chaos of life and seemingly unanswered prayers, I cling to these moments of remembrance where God so kindly tells me “I hear you, I love you, and I’ll never fail you.”
Prayer is such a huge part of our training plan.Today we will hear an example from Jesus as to how to pray. Jesus’ prayer gave us the perfect example of the way we can pray to God. We don’t have to just pray about the things we want or need. We can take time to honor...
Sometimes I forget that my words have power. Too often, I’ve said something hurtful because I didn’t fully weigh my words ahead of time. Or, when I could have used my words to give comfort or encouragement, I’ve opted to withhold them because I was afraid of overstepping or was too wrapped up in my own concerns.
Words have the power to influence other people. With our words, we can convince someone of the truth, change a person’s attitude or spur them to action.
LifePoint member Andrea Phillips struggled for a long time to enjoy Mother’s Day, due to the strained relationship she has with her own mentally ill mother. Andrea couldn’t change the relationship she had with her mother, but she could change her mindset towards Mother’s Day, helping her and her family see the day of a celebration of all that God has provided.
A simple change of perspective is often all we need redirect our thoughts to a better place. Here are some things you can do to reset your own mindset this spring.
Make the wise choice.We can hear from God by reading the Bible. As we read the Bible, we can get to know God better. We can find out how to make the wise choice. We can remember what’s most important in life . . . and we can also think about things that we might need...
I bought a gift – two slender bracelets, perfect for my sweet friend. Yet, when I went to wrap the gift, it didn’t feel like enough. It felt… small. I tried to muster ideas to add to it, to make it more. Surely, I couldn’t give a gift in a small box. There had to be more, right? It seemed insignificant, like it was lacking.
Why aren’t we okay with small things?