The War Against Anxiety

Anxiety is a deceptive beast. For some it has become an overwhelming daily struggle; for others it is an occasional wave of doubt or fear that rears it's ugly head. In either case, a life dominated by the tormenting waves of anxiety is not God's plan for our life. He calls us to a life of faith and trust that results in peace. And if God calls us to something, He will always provide the ability and strength for us to get there.

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Rachel Schmerschneider
Prioritizing My Life According to God's Plan (For Husbands & Fathers)

Until we have a clear understanding of what it means that our identity is "in Christ", it's foolish to think anything else around us can change. We must understand that we are a new creation and the Holy Spirit now empowers us to do and act completely different moving forward. Men, we must understand that we can do nothing - we can't love our wives well or lead our children well - without the strength of Jesus and without fearing God.

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Josh Rexford
Blowing Up My Anger

We can get angry pretty easily. And in the moment, it seems like there isn't much we can do about it. We may recognize it's a problem; we may even occasionally repent of it to God and those it affects. But is that all that can be done? If we're living in the freedom of Christ and by power of His Holy Spirit, there is more that can be done. God not only desires greater victory over this issue of anger in our lives, but he offers us a clear path on how to get there. 

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Prioritizing My Life According to God's Plan (for Wives & Mothers)

I am so busy! I can't be the only one in this boat, right? Some days I become so overwhelmed with the weight and responsibility of prioritizing my time that I need to just go back to the basics. God has a very clear plan for prioritizing and simplifying my life. When I focus on His truth and follow His plan, it's a relief to embrace His grace and strength that He provides for today. 

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More Communities Need More (Vertical) Churches

There are churches everywhere, so why do we need more? The need is not just for more churches, but for more vertical churches. I've seen it and experienced it - God uses vertical, Gospel-preaching churches to change people. There is a great need for lukewarm believers to be revitalized and for non-believers to come to Christ – more communities need more vertical churches!

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Your Life is Not About You

We are bombarded with messages that life is all about us. And we respond with a mindset that mirrors those messages: I'll do what I want. No one better get in my way. I'll only do things that help accomplish my goals. The world calls us to serve ourselves, to gain standing and acceptance – yet God gives us a very different view of how we gain purpose and fulfillment.

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The Gospel and the Power of Labels

To believe in the Gospel is to believe that people can change. The work of change is accomplished by God, and He promises, "... I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." We are not passive in this process – change takes work. But the power for change comes from God and that gives us hope. 

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Four Ways to Thrive at Home During “The Crazy Years”

It can be easy to get overwhelmed, exhausted, and even flat out discouraged at the prospect of raising young children. But discouragement is not what God has for us! In Romans 8:37, we are told that in Christ we are overcomers and conquerors - pretty awesome, right? This stage of life doesn’t have be about merely surviving. In Christ, we have the power to have joy and thrive.

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