Is Your Story Stealing God’s Glory?

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Sometimes it's not the mind-blowing miracles of Jesus that give us pause, awesome though they may be. Sometimes it's what Jesus said while performing the mighty work that leaves us even more stunned. Just before raising her brother, Lazarus, from the dead, Jesus reminded Martha, “If you believe, you will see God’s glory” (John 11:40). Implied in his statement is that the opposite is equally true: if you don’t believe, you will not see God’s glory.When we fail to believe, it’s not just that w … [Read more...]

What Makes Your Story Worth Telling

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Do you want your life to matter?  I do. I suspect you do too.But it won’t happen by accident. Living a story worth telling, one that gets talked about not only in this temporary life but the lasting life to come, requires intentional effort.And it’s not easy. Nothing worth doing ever is. But comfort can never achieve what courage dares to try. [Tweet this!]We say we want adventure, but we run from risk. We say we want a faith that moves mountains, but we cower inside our chur … [Read more...]

Does God Use Dreams to Speak to Christians Today?

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Does God use dreams to speak to Christians today?Many years ago, I would have immediately replied with a vehement and emphatic “No!” My fervor for protecting the place of Scripture as God’s revelation of Himself demanded it. Or so I thought.Now, I’m not so sure that dreams have no place alongside my continued insistence on the rightful place of Scripture as “the only rule to direct how we may glorify and enjoy Him.” As I read Scripture, I see God using dreams to guide His people, not just … [Read more...]

When the Past Doesn’t Make Sense

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Privileged to feature this guest post from Shana Schutte. An author and speaker, Shana is the founder of Beyond Imagination, an organization dedicated to helping people find answers for everyday problems through Biblical truths. Her nationwide radio program airs daily on over 400 Christian stations. Parts of this post were excerpted from her book Betrayed by God?: Making Sense of Your Expectations. Learn more at Blueprint for Life and subscribe to follow their excellent Kingdom work.No one … [Read more...]

So Why Did God Answer My Prayer? The Story of a Circle Maker

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It was far in the sameness of the woods.I've always wanted to write that line from one of Robert Frost's more mysterious poems "The Demiurge's Laugh." Now seemed like a good time as I reflect on the question of why did God answer my prayer to sell our house -- and how He did it.I suppose I could call it "The Story of a Circle Maker."Last September  we decided to move to Atlanta, Georgia, because we thought it would best positions us to answer God's call on my life. For those wanti … [Read more...]

See How Peer Pressure Can Increase Your Faith

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Peer pressure can be a wonderful thing. Especially when it can increase your faith. That's not to say it always works the way we want it to.Often throughout my dozen years as a school administrator,  I dealt with the negative side of peer pressure --w hen kids were led astray by hanging out with others who influenced them in the wrong direction. I got used to citing verse like the following:He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Prov. 13:20) … [Read more...]

To All Those Who Just Want to Quit

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I returned from my mission to Guam the other day full of energy, ideas, and the faith to make them happen.Within a day, I had lost it all and just wanted to quit. Fear grabbed me by the hair, gripped me firmly in a headlock, and proceeded to pummel my confidence with repeated blows. Within hours, I was a bloody and faithless mess. Finally, when fear had finished for the day, it dumped me and left my future as good as dead and buried.It was all I could do to clutch the side of the bed … [Read more...]

Telling Your Story: A Faith that Embraces Uncertainty

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Just back from my trip in Guam, I'm privileged to share this guest post by Jeremy Statton. He is an orthopedic surgeon and a writer. He blogs about Living Better Stories. You can follow him on Twitter or download a free copy of his eBook Grace Is. On my first trip to San Francisco I tested my faith to see if my prayers could move mountains. But instead of land, I was trying to move fog.I had always dreamed of seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge is one of the greatest architectural … [Read more...]


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