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The Christian Life In a Nutshell: Past, Present, Future

Brandon Living

Ever heard the phrase “the Christian life”? Everyone lives physically, but those choose to follow Jesus come alive spiritually. And we live for him and his purposes, answering to him as Savior, friend, and King. If you want a synopsis of what the Christian life los like, Paul lays it out as he writes to the ancient church in Thessalonica… …

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5 Questions to Ask When You Think You’ve Heard from God

Brandon General

Discernment. I have a -hate relationship with that word. On the one hand, some Christians use discernment as an excuse to go on a witch hunt, disqualifying as many leading voices as possible and labeling people “false teachers” at the drop of a hat. Entire ministries are built on this kind of paranoia, and it’s a little sad. On the other …

Everybody Needs Encouragement

Brandon Devotional

We live in rather uncivil times. We’re a divided nation in a divided world. In times like these, the world needs a volunteer army of encouragers. It’s one of the best ways to show . Paul said, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT) Encouragement isn’t empty flattery. …

Three Functions of the Word of God

Brandon Living

Every time I stand up to preach, I have the privilege of watching God’s living word accomplish dynamic things in the lives of people. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul spells out three distinct functions that the Word of God performs in our lives… As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does …

I Am Bound to Give Thanks

Brandon Living

In his second letter to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul begins by saying “I am bound to thank God always for you all…” I’ve always d that little snippet of Scripture because of its plain message – I am bound, obligated, indebted to give thanks. It’s the least I can do in light of all that our wonderful God has …