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When Leaders Fail You

(PART 1)

When spiritual leaders disappoint us, our trust in them is broken. Recovery requires forgiveness and faithfulness to God's ongoing commands.

READ: Ps. 37:3-8; Matt. 7:1-5; Matt. 18:21-35; Rom. 12:17-19; Gal. 6:1-2; 1 Cor. 13:4-7.
HEART ISSUE: Like love, trust reflects a choice, not an emotion. We must offer others the same grace we wish to receive.
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, heal the places in our hearts that have been wounded by those who were supposed to shepherd us. Help us to be forgiving and faithful. Amen.

(PART 2)

Church crises require disciplined tongues among those who fear the Lord. Spirit-led believers should help solve problems within the body rather than creating them.

READ: Prov. 6:16-19; Prov. 12:18; James 1:19-20; James 3:1-18; 2 Tim. 2:15-16; Titus 3:9-11.
HEART ISSUE: How can you influence others toward unity?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, we ask You, as David did, to "set a guard over [our mouths]" (Ps. 141:3-4, NIV). Give us healing words to build up the church--and keep us from tearing her down. Amen.

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Healing for Your Thoughts

Medical studies prove what the Bible established long ago--harboring negative emotions destroys one's health. Healed hearts produce healthier bodies and more fulfilled lives read more

You're Just Jealous

Personal insecurities can become springboards for jealousy if not submitted to God. Jealousy, especially between spouses, destroys intimacy and undermines spiritual growth. read more

The Joy of Following Christ

Portraying the Christian life as one of agony and gloom denies the reality presented in Scripture. The joy of fellowship with God outweighs any earthly sacrifice. read more

My Maker is My Husband

No man can ultimately fulfill our God-given need for intimacy. While death or divorce may separate human marriages, nothing can separate us from our marriage to Jesus. read more

God Didn't Call You to Be a Doormat!

Church leaders have traditionally promoted a "false doctrine" of unscriptural, female submission. God wants women to be strong co-laborers in their homes and in the church. read more

We Must Cry Out for Holiness

(Part 1)

Sexual immorality is a widespread problem in the church. We cannot allow our culture to dictate our morality. We must renew our pursuit of holiness.


READ: Lev. 19:1-2; Num. 25:1-3; Gal. 5:16-25; 1 Cor. 6:18-20; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; Rev. 18:1-5.
HEART ISSUE: Intimacy with God demands that we set ourselves apart from the world. In what area do you need to set yourself apart?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, forgive us for allowing the world to set our standards of righteousness. Give us courage and direction as we realign our lives to Your Word. Amen.

(Part 2)


Holiness seems outdated in a culture of situational ethics. Those who desire to know God must commit to holy living.


READ: Ps. 29:1-2; Is. 29:22-24; Ezek. 36:23-27; Matt. 5:6; Eph. 1:4-10; Eph. 5:18
HEART ISSUE: Do you hunger and thirst for God's holiness in your life? If not, what is numbing that craving?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, impart to us Your deep desire for holiness. Cause us to hunger and thirst after Your righteousness, that You may fill us completely. Amen. 

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Life Can Be a Roller Coaster

When facing uncertain circumstances, we must turn to God for comfort and strength. Honestly confronting our feelings toward God helps us remain open to His deliverance. read more

A Woman's Right to Preach

Opponents of women in public ministry base their arguments on select New Testament scriptures. But the Bible does not forbid women to teach. read more

There is Power in the Blood

Human blood functions as a delivery system supporting every aspect of life. Similarly, Jesus' blood in spirit-form provides both cleansing and power to sustain our spirits. read more

Breaking the Codependent Cycle

Codependency usually occurs in individuals who struggle with unmet needs from the past. Discovering one's identity in Christ helps co-dependent individuals find healing. read more

Aren't You Married Yet?

God's Word teaches us that life has many seasons and that God has a perfect timing for each one. We can learn to be content and serve others during each. read more

Fine-Tune Your Ability to Hear God

Learning to distinguish God's voice takes time and practice. The Bible describes several ways we can "double-check" our spiritual hearing without being consumed by doubt. read more

Keep Your Mind On Heavenly Things

When we receive Christ as Savior, we become activated citizens of heaven. As we focus on and develop these new identities, our lives on earth will change for good. read more

Are You Feeding Your Need?

Self-control is a neglected fruit of the Spirit. We need self-control to combat overeating and other impulsive sins. Admitting our lack of self-control is the first step toward change. read more

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