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Coping With the Stress of Infertility

We have a beautiful six-year-old daughter, for whom we are so incredibly thankful. Our own struggle with infertility is not as harsh as that experienced by many because of her, but it's a struggle nonetheless. We had some issues leading up to her birth and were so incredibly grateful when we were finally blessed with Ella that we gave her the middle name of Grace (God's undeserved favor). Since having Ella, we've endured an ectopic pregnancy and another miscarriage and have …

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Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

The title of this post is attention-getting for an obvious reason - most people fear the thought of standing before a group of people and speaking... out loud. I was too, and still am to some degree. When I was a kid, I was painfully and awkwardly shy. In the fifth grade, I had to give an oral report on the life of Will Rogers. I handled it by self-interviewing. I sat in the teacher's chair and rolled left and right, pretending to be Will Rogers on one side, and something of …

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You Always Own Your Words: Choose Them Well

Once you spit something out, you can't take it back. We see this principle demonstrated all the time in the media. A leader or celebrity says something insensitive and suddenly heads roll. Jesus said our words are an indicator of our heart, and the Proverbs tell us that you can't recover words once you've thrown them out there. So choose wisely what you're about to say. …

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The Power of Praise in Prayer

Jesus began the model prayer with these words... "Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name...," demonstrating for all of His disciples the prominence of praise in prayer. I define prayer in its simplest terms with two meanings: 1.) asking, and 2.) conversing. A conversation is two-way and prayer is a conversation that often includes asking God for something. But praise is a part of prayer we often forget. …

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Why Don’t Churches ‘Get’ Social Media?

Social media. What in the world is it? Well, think about it. "Social" has to do with people who converse, gather, and relate to each other. "Media" is any platform for spreading any message. Mass media is speaking to the masses through radio, television, etc. Print media is magazines, newspapers, and other printed periodicals. Social media, then, is promoting a message through people, and the phrase is typically used in reference to online media outlets. I'm a firm …

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Generation Next’s Greatest Need: Leadership

Download the MP3 From the Series Journey Through the Word: The Book of Numbers Based on Numbers 26-27 ONE GREAT TRUTH: God is looking for spirit-led, shepherd-leaders to lead each new generation boldly forward. …

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The Positivity of Spurgeon

I'm not an advocate of the "possibility thinking" or "positive thinking" theology when it comes to the depravity of man. It's wrong. But I do believe in positive thinking. I mean, think of the alternative! Or don't, stay positive. We often think of the classics as being more negative in tone, but I'm highly motivated by the positivity of Spurgeon in this post by the Daily Spurgeon. Just an excerpt... He has spared your lives, he has given you health and strength, provided …

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I Am Who I Am Too

When Moses didn't know what to tell people who asked him why he thought he had so much authority, God responded, "You tell them 'I Am Who I Am' has sent you.' The implication? If the self-sufficient Creator has commissioned you, you don't need any other authority. God is whom God is. He never changes or compromises. He is Himself at all times and is completely sufficient within Himself. I am whom I am also, but in a different way. My sufficiency can never be found in …

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Prayer in the Real World

Tonight we'll be talking about prayer again. I'm currently reading several books at the same time that relate to the subject by Andrew Murray, E. M. Bounds, and David Jeremiah. Tonight, we're going to be talking about the practicality of prayer and there are two long quotes from David Jeremiah that really got my attention... Prayer is about real-world concerns, spoken in real-world language. God does not want us to shift into a stained-glass prayer voice to address Him. …

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Social Networking Warning Label: Watch These Isms

Social networking is fun, useful, and can even be profitable if you're into that. Brands and businesses are catching on to the direction media and promotion is moving, so we're really just scratching the surface of what is to come in forging online connections between people. But some stern warnings are needed for all who are venturing into the world of social networking. Personally, I utilize blogging, bookmarking, Facebook, Twitter, and a few other outlets for my inner …

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