A Surrendered Heart

Saving Faith: The Rich Young Ruler

Saving Faith? Jesus’ Shocking Answer

What is saving faith? Let’s listen closely to the shocking answer Jesus gave the rich, young ruler. He was a good kid—exactly the kind of person any church or synagogue would want. He always kept himself within the moral boundaries of the Law (“from my youth”), was a person of influence in the community, and was clearly serious about getting his life with God right (“What must I do to inherit eternal life?”). What’s not to like about him? In…

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The Joy of the Lord

The Joy of the Lord (And How to Get It Back)

Ages ago Nehemiah declared that the joy of the Lord is our strength—and he was right! With this joy flowing in us, we positively glow and grow. Joy gives us a confidence for anything and puts a fresh song in our hearts. With it we sail over the normal obstacles of life, feeling invincible even in the midst of trouble. Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone…

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The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening: An Easy Way to Help Others

Hearing what people say is one thing. Really listening is something else entirely. What turns listening into an art form is learning how to juggle listening to others and listening for the Lord at the same time. Listen well enough to others and you will more easily hear from the Lord. These simple rules and visual images will help put you on track, but only practice makes perfect.  And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”…

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Who Is the Holy Spirit? Part 1

Who Is the Holy Spirit? (And What Is He Doing inside Me?)

Don’t look now, but if you asked Jesus to save you, the Holy Spirit of God is living inside of you. Wonder of wonders, salvation comes with two huge gifts: the forgiveness of our sins through what Jesus did for us, and a whole new way of life through what the Holy Spirit can now do inside of us. Just as Jesus became our death (at the cross), so the Holy Spirit becomes our new life (when we die to…

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