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The Gift of a Thorn

How does Jesus work through our pain? Is pain a good thing? Is it ridiculous to think of pain as a gift? Let’s look at the Apostle Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” to answer these questions and more . . .
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“Behold your mother”

While Jesus hung on the cross, we’re told that his mother, Mary, a few other women, and “the disciple whom he loved” were all standing nearby. Upon seeing them, “he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’” (John 19:26-27). In this article, we explore why Jesus assigned the care of His mother to one of His disciples and what that teaches us.
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It’s Time to Celebrate

Celebration is an incredibly significant part of our society. There is something about celebration that we long for! Today, I want to challenge us: what are we doing to celebrate the salvation that we have been given through Jesus? Shouldn’t we be “praising God with a loud voice” constantly, giving Him thanks for all that he’s done for us?
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Un-Paralyzed

What does it look like to abide in Jesus as one of His disciples? This isn’t an easy idea! Here’s the thing, though: getting out of a place where we are stuck isn’t easy. It takes effort, patience, and, oftentimes, pain. But, the freedom of Jesus is absolutely worth it.
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Taxes, Fish, and Jesus

Tax season is upon us. Whether you are prepared or unprepared, taxes come for all of us anyway. The people of Jesus’ day struggled with money, taxes, and finances, just as we do today. What if I told you Jesus once performed a miracle to pay for His taxes, and it might be His most underrated miracle of all? Check this out . . .
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Oblivious to Jesus

Jesus’ first resurrection appearance was to Mary Magdalene, but she initially didn’t even recognize Him. Why would somebody who was present for the crucifixion and burial of Jesus and a witness to the pronouncement of the angels that He was alive be oblivious to Him when He appeared?
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Life Changing Words

We often use the phrase “life-changing experience” pretty loosely. But there are experiences that change who we are and the course our life is going to take. Jesus should be one of them….
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He Knows Just What You Need

It feels good when you are so close to someone that you feel like they know your every thought and emotion. It feels disappointing when that same person who usually knows you just can’t seem to understand. Throughout the Gospel accounts, Jesus showed over and over again that He knew exactly what was on the hearts and minds of everyone He ever encountered. Jesus knows just what you need; He’ll never let you down. How does this affect our trust and faith in Him?
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The Embarrassment Saving Miracle

Throughout His ministry, Jesus performed many miracles. Some provided life-saving remedies for incurable medical conditions, some rescued people from the crippling bondage of demon possession, and some brought loved ones back from the dead. But His very first miracle was not as dire or complex as any of these. Why, then, is it so significant?
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It’s Leap Day!

The day has finally come! It’s that weird, strange, and mystical day we call Leap Day! Jesus talked about a very different ‘Leap Day’ in Luke 6. The leap day for a Christian might be even more bizarre than the one for the calendar. A day comes for every Christian to leap for joy, but it comes at the absolute last time you would expect it. Consider this . . .
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Together in Christ

Today, do you believe that the church is the body of Christ, and what are you doing to make sure that we are better when we are unified together? 
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Fully Involved

Have you ever heard the phrase “fully involved”? For many, that phrase refers to whether or not you want all of the fixings on your sandwich at Firehouse Subs. However, that phrase actually comes from the world of firefighting. But how does it apply to discipleship?