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Is Your Pride Holding You Back?
by Samantha Villenave

Are you weighed down and weary of issues and struggles that you have no idea how to change? It is not an uncommon thing. When we are born again, we receive the nature of Christ in place of our old, sinful nature. Yet, the root of sin and pride in that old nature is like a vicious weed that will grow in every crack of our heart that remains open to it. It can be tempting to work to achieve the perfection and beauty that Christ has already bestowed upon us, rather than humbly abiding in the knowledge of the love of the Father and the fact that He will care for our every need. We put our best efforts toward attaining a lovable nature, born of works and not of grace. We believe that our efforts make us more worthy of His love and that we can be rescued by the fruit of our own fragile efforts. We allow a root of insecurity, pride, and willfulness take hold in our lives, weaving a web of false solutions that lead us astray from the simple victory tha

A Little Known Secret About Myself
by Laurie Coombs

I'm going to let you in on a little known secret about myself. It's something that only those closest to me know, and it's defiantly something God has been working on with me for quite some time. Are you ready? Here it is–– I have a hard time receiving. Small gifts? Not so much. But anything that can be considered extravagant? Oh yes, friends––that fits the bill. Gifts of this magnitude immediately make me cringe and think, "I can't accept this!" while knowing I also cannot not receive a gift someone has so thoughtfully given to me. And so I am left in an uncomfortable predicament, with my heart screaming "don't take it!" and my mouth saying, "Thank you! You shouldn't have done this." Now, here's the interesting part. I love to give. I always have.  I remember being on family vacations on a lake as a little girl, asking all of my cousins what treats they would like

Are We Ever Free of Jealousy?
by Samantha Villenave

Are you content, or do you have feelings of insecurity that gnaw away at you? Jealousy can manifest in many different ways, including as clever disguises. We don't spend a lot of time talking about it, but we all experience it. Jealousy, if left unchecked, will spin a web of deceit and lies. Jealousy will steal your peace, demolish your gratitude, and cause your contentment to transform itself into restless nights of stress and fear. It will push you to follow paths and set goals that are not of the Lord. It will make your heart bitter and tired, as you pursue meaningless fulfillment through material possessions, status, or relationships: your attempt to fill a void that only the Holy Spirit can satiate.We have a brand new devotional study called, "Jealousy - The Sin No One Talks About" from

How to Destroy the Monster of Jealousy - for Good
by Betsy St. Amant

The only way to kill a monster is to chop off it’s head. I’ve learned that the hard way when it comes to the green-eyed monster in particular. Jealousy isn’t a friend—it’s a life-threatening, life-sucking spirit that attaches quick and lingers long. Part of his arsenal of tricks is that he pops out when you least expect it. It can be as simple as scrolling one post too far on Facebook, or as innocent as reading a text or answering a phone call. Ignoring him is fruitless. He’ll set up a camp under your bed, make a home in your closet, and feed on your insecurities until he grows to three times his original size. Denial of his residence is the equivalent of giving him new address cards. You can’t pretend he’s not there. Telling him to leave doesn’t work, either. You can talk until you’re out of breath, convincing yourself you’re not falling for his tricks and you’re not affected by

There's Always Hope for the Weary
by Samantha Villenave

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt so crushed, forgotten, and incapable of facing your circumstances that you thought nothing good could ever come of it? Sometimes, the promises of God seem so far-removed from the drudgery and even suffering of our current personal circumstances that we are tempted to fall into hopelessness and despair. Believing that He has plans for "hope and a future" echoes like a far off fairy tale. Our faith takes a deep, painful hit.The temptation is dual; put on a good face and do our best to behave like good Christians in spite of what we are experiencing, or respond in anger towards God. Neither ever helps. We must face our pain and find a way to remain open and vulnerable before the Lord in the midst of our trials. Therein lies the key to the door that opens into our next season of blessing, hope, and victory over our flaws and fears. We just received a new series

When You Need to Feel the Pain
by Bonnie Gray

Sometimes, the pain we have worked so hard to avoid is the one thing that leads us to where God calls us to go. Sometimes, feeling our need is the greatest work of faith we can surrender to.  I woke up like any other day. But, when I got up from my bed, a sharp pain shot through my ankle. My leg jerked and my step crumpled. I couldn't walk. What was going on? I hadn't done anything strenuous. Hadn't hurt it. Or did I? I Didn't Feel Two months ago, it was a rainy spring Saturday morning. I wanted to give Hubby the morning off for some alone time, so I took the boys to get their energy out -- by going to Sky High -- an indoor trampoline gym. The entire warehouse was practically wall to wall trampoline. I was stoked. I jumped higher and higher, laughing as hair and body shot weightlessly up through the air. Until I landed o

You Are Exactly Where God Wants You to Be
by Samantha Villenave

Your life is not about what you can do, but rather about what God can do through you, if you will allow yourself to be fully yielded to Him. Finding yourself in a difficult situation does not mean that you are not exactly where God wants you to be. Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world! These situations are a call for you and I to rise above our fears, and move in the authority that He has bestowed upon us through Jesus Christ. Esther was a woman like you and I, humbly born and not prepared for the task of being a queen. Yet, God called her and appointed her to the throne. Even as a queen, nothing could prepare her for the task of risking her own life in order to save a nation. Esther rose to the occasion with an audacious display of wisdom and grace.What is holding you back? What are the obstacles or circumstances in your own life that would cause you to shrink away in fear rather than overcome? T

3 Reasons Christians Must Engage the World (And Not Run from It)
by Janelle Alberts

Once upon a time, someone, somewhere, started a rumor among Christian church circles that sounded like this: separate from other people. After that, separate more. Then, pull back a little bit further. Rumors are problematic like that. Even if they start from a nugget of truth, (like Paul paraphrasing Isaiah’s call to “depart, depart!” 2 Cor 6:17, Isa 52:11), rumors flatten a 3-dimensional message of meaning into a one-dimensional message of…not the same meaning. Scripture don’t play that way. Sure, sure, we know that walking (and sometimes running, and sometimes hurling) ourselves away from a bad situation is a good thing to do (Eze 18:31). Paul and Isaiah would have known that too, since at the time that Isaiah was calli

Allow God to Set Your Agenda
by Samantha Villenave

You were given life for a purpose. God created you with a plan in mind. His plan is for your good, to prosper you, and not to harm you. His plan is for you to walk in the fullness of His Spirit, and bring light to all those who encounter you. How easy it is to say, but it is only in fully trusting and relentlessly yielding to the work of the Holy Spirit that we are able to even begin to enter into this will that He has for us. So many people start with intentions of giving it all to God. Yet when the going gets tough, it takes full trust in His love to not run the other way and close ourselves off to the miracle that He is preparing."Trusting God's Call" by Jill Briscoe is our featured teaching this week. She teaches us th

Why You Don't Need to Stress about Finding Your Calling
by Wendy van Eyck

Do you ever wonder if you have missed out on God’s calling for your life? I used to really stress about this. In fact, I tried all kinds of things in an attempt to make sure that I did not miss out on God’s plan. I prayed, I fasted, I spoke to friends, I went to counseling and I tried anything I thought God might want me to do.  Due to this desire to make sure I did not miss my calling, I worked as a jewelry designer, a bookkeeper, a paramedic, an outdoor education instructor, a pregnancy crisis counselor and a television producer. I accepted jobs with non-profits and churches and in places where “Jesus Christ” is only spoken like a swear word so my job could be my mission. And the above list does not even begin to touch on all the vocational and personality tests I have taken and the self-help books I have read. All of this in a desperate attempt not to miss out on anything God has for me. While I’ve spent my time and energy trying


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