The “Hard” Part of Spiritual Growth

The “Hard” Part of Spiritual Growth

Why aren’t you more like Jesus?

God’s plan for you is to “be conformed to the image of His Son.” (Romans 8:29) How’s that working out for you? Would someone looking at your life say that you act like, talk like, respond like Jesus more today than you did when you first became a believer? Or more than a year ago?

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3 Guaranteed Ways to Change Your Spouse

3 Guaranteed Ways to Change Your Spouse

Oh, if it were only that easy! I hear every day from a husband or wife who says, “I can’t get my spouse to do . . . . And if they would change, everything would be great!” You cannot get married expecting to change your spouse. And yet you can change them. Sound confusing?

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Different Ways to Pray

Different Ways to Pray

Prayer is talking with God. We develop prayer habits just like other habits. Perhaps you’re in the habit of sitting with your eyes closed and speaking to God, or joining hands in a circle with a few friends in your small group, or standing quietly while someone in the front verbalizes a prayer. There’s nothing at all wrong with any of those, but there are many different ways to pray.

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What’s the Purpose of the Christian Life?

What’s the Purpose of the Christian Life?

Why do we do what we do as believers? What’s supposed to happen to you as a result of being a Christian? Why are we “supposed” to go to church, read the Bible, and help others? Why do we invest in church buildings, Christian education, youth and children’s programs, Christian TV, Christian music, Christian books, missions, and all the rest of it? What’s the point of all the time and energy put into weekend programs? What’s the purpose of the Christian life, or of Christian ministry?

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