Changing the Conversation

Matthew is perhaps most famous for writing one of the four gospel accounts about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Not only did Matthew write what would end up being one of the four authoritative, preserved, and passed down accounts of the life of Christ, Matthew was also famously one of the original twelve

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Is Perfection The Goal?

One of the most controversial commands Jesus gave His followers was to seek perfection by loving their enemies. Jesus said, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true

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Gratitude: The Ultimate Measure of Maturity

Gratitude requires contrast. Gratitude depends on awareness and understanding as its foundation and context because gratitude is the organic response to a positive outcome when a negative or less desirable result was possible, likely, or certain. Gratitude is so much more than just the rosy emotional response or the specific thanks for a job well done.

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Consider the Consequences

The Bible says of Abraham that he, “…believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith” – Genesis 15. But was he?  Was Abraham righteous?  Did Abraham believe God? Let’s consider the evidence. God said, “I will make you into a great nation….All the families on earth will be blessed

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Boldly Declare Grace

Shame. Guilt. Fear. Judgment. Condemnation. Punishment. Isolation. For thousands of years these have been the prescription for and the expected result of sin. They have been codified in legal systems, embedded culturally in societies, and preached from pulpits the world over.  They have transcended dogma and tradition, reaching from the major world religions all the

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Applicants Not Supplicants

God is not interested in belittling you.  God is not interested in you belittling yourself. Everything — EVERYTHING that God has in store for you is good. Every plan that God has for you is a blessing.  Every thought that God has for you is refulgent with prosperity.  Every promise that God has spoken over your

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Do You Believe In Grace?

Do you believe in grace? When you ask yourself what you need in order to be successful in life, what do you believe the answer is?  When you consider the pursuit of happiness, fulfillment, peace, and joy, what do you identify as the root cause?  When you are in the fight of your life for

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