Is It Sinful To Eat Certain Foods?

In light of reading through Colossians (you can read all of my study notes HERE), I was lead to share what I've been reading that support the argument Paul makes that Christ is all, and that our faith is based solely on His finished work and not on legalism (tradition), carnality (morality), and philosophy (human knowledge). You may ha...
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Why I Stopped Focusing On Being Transparent

I've had several of those days friends and I had designated to catch up, and fill each other in on all that our lives encompassed since last seeing each other. The conversations usually go well. We exchange stories that make us smile and frown. Stories that dishearten us and ones that give us great joy. Sometimes, we enjoy the company so much, we lose track of time.

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Beyond The Surface Level

SIN. These controversial 3 letters so capable of exposing hearts and motives, and the very thoughts that drive the actions that follow. It's like a cancer; aiming to control even the deepest parts of us to the point of destruction. So natural and familiar, yet so crippling and evil. "Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indece...
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Not Our Strength. HIS.

Our prayers, as it pertains to strength, are usually that God grants us the ability to exert some sort of effort relevant to our daily lives. For example, one might pray, "Give us the strength to make it through the day", or "Help us to complete this task to the best of our abilities". Sometimes, we find ourselves praying for things like love, patience, and more faith...at least until we get the s...
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What We Can Learn From The Law

The Law. Romans 7:12 and 1 Timothy 1:8, when describing the Law, calls it good. In fact, it was hope to the Israelites; a chosen people so sinful in their nature. Not because they deserved hope, but because God made a promise to Abram (Abraham) that he would have descendants as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:1-5), and that his descendants would belong to God, and be His chosen ...
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The Prodigal Sons?

As I was sitting in Bible study at my home church tonight, I could not help but listen when we discussed the story of the prodigal son, and you may be familiar with this story too...or so you think. First, if you're unfamiliar with the story of the the prodigal son, allow me to take you to Luke 15 beginning at verse 11 where we start with a man with two sons. The youngest of th...
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Abraham Justified by FAITH

"By grace through faith." You may be familiar with this phrase that Paul uses in Ephesians 2:8. It wasn't by Abraham's works, but by his faith in God's ability to be faithful to His own promises that made Abraham righteous before God. Just as God counted Abraham righteous because of His faith, this word is "for our sakes too", and even more now because of grace. When your faith ag...
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When Your Vision Doesn’t Match Your Reality

He had been in mourning for 3 weeks. Thrown into an unknown culture whose system he had not known, despite his seemingly desolate circumstances, he was convinced that what he had seen would surely manifest. "In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazza...
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Why Dos and Don’ts Are Powerless For Believers

We love having control of our lives, because it's what we're used to. It's what has been ingrained in us, it's a culture we're born in, and what we've been taught is necessary if we want to live well while here on earth. I'll tell you why. It is close to impossible to coexist with each other in this earth the way we exist without some form of standard or guideline. Rules keep u...
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I Asked God For Friends, He Gave Me Sisters <3

It's been tough having to be intentional about keeping together a consistent circle of friends after college. I get a little nostalgia every now and then when I think about my college days, and how no matter how hectic me and my friends' schedules got, we would always find time to come together and do life. Oh the beautiful little moments that we sometimes take for granted. No one...
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