Are You Holding Back?

Is there anyone who really knows you, who has experienced the big events of your life with you, who knows your feelings and perspectives? You may have a few people who have shared in some (or even most) of the significant happenings of your life, but no one has really been there with you through them all. Even the people who have been with you haven’t really seen and experienced what you have. They have seen things from their own unique perspective. They may have experienced many things with you, but not inside you. Only God knows you like that!  Every memory that you have can be shared with God. He was there, not just with you but WITH you.  He is the only One with whom you will ever really, really, really be able to share your life. He knows you inside out (literally and figuratively), and He wants to share your life with you.

So, why do we so often keep God at a distance, only sharing “our religious lives” with Him? Is it because we think that if...

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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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