How Are You Doing?

“How are you? … I hope all is well.”  This is the kind of greeting many of us write to those we have not been in touch with for a while.  It’s a very general and surface approach.  When in person, however, we may want to go deeper.  Unfortunately, oftentimes people are not very aware of how they are doing and aren’t inclined to answer very deeply.  When you ask most people how they are doing, they may describe what’s going on around them – their circumstances.  If you press in a little further, they might describe how they feel about their circumstances and what they are trying to do about them.  Few people seem to take stock of how they are doing below/beyond their circumstances.  Yet, our lives are deeper than what is happening around us.

Our circumstances will change.  Sometimes great things will happen and sometimes horrendous things will happen.  Sometimes life seems very routine. ...

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Is There Spiritual Leakage in Your Life?

Do you want to walk in God’s power and strength, or do you prefer to go it alone?  This is a question we must each honestly ask ourselves.  If you want to walk in God, you must learn to positively respond to His commands and directives. You must also be willing to say “No” to lesser things.

A.W. Tozer gave students, at Wheaton College, 5 important “Don’ts” that can help strengthen us and prevent “spiritual leakage” in our lives. Let’s take a moment and consider them together.

  •  Don’t trifle (i.e. play or deal lightly) with sin

There is no need to waste your time/life with things that don’t truly satisfy and actually will make your spirit weak and sick.  Don’t slow down to even toy with sin. Keep moving ahead, living full wholesome lives and obeying His positive commands.

  •  Don’t steal God’s glory

Don’t be so concerned about other people’s opinion of you. If you...

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Can We Talk?

Many people in our country believe that faith is a personal thing – that it’s not something to talk about or share with others. To believe this, however, is to believe that there is no real, solid, true faith that we must all consider.

The Bible uses the expression “the faith” to describe a solid belief in Jesus Christ that impacts and informs all aspects of life.  People are to be strengthened in the faith, encouraged to stand strong in the faith, to examine themselves to make sure they are in the faith, to grow in the unity of the faith and to experience joy in the faith together. Faith is personal.   Faith is also corporate.   We need to be discuss it so we can grow and progress in our understanding, application and practice of “the faith.”

In Ephesians 4:15 we are instructed to “speak the truth in love” to each other. This is what we all need spiritually and relationally. We need to receive both...

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