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How Important Is Unity?

November 13, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

How important is it for Christians to get along? I mean, how critical is it for God-loving, bible- believing, gospel-centered people to love one another, to fellowship together, and to be unified in the truth? Is it essential or is it optional?... Keep Reading

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Where Can I Find Truth?

November 11, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

We live in a day and age when there’s more information than ever at our fingertips. In fact, we hold it in the palm of our hands with our smart phones. And yet, it seems harder and harder to find out what is actually true. Every piece of information seems to come with a spin or someone’s jaded perspective. So how can we find truth, absolute truth?... Keep Reading

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More Than Conquerors

November 9, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

Have you ever seen a kid’s football game where one team comes out and starts warming up and getting ready for the game, and then their opponent comes out and immediately you can tell that they’re better than the first team in every way. They’re bigger. They’re faster. They’re stronger.... Keep Reading

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Expectations Management

November 6, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

Do you know that one of the keys to living a happy life is having reasonable expectations? That’s true with your marriage, you kids, and your career, but it’s also true with regard to the reality that all who live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12).... Keep Reading

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The Blessings on Christ's Departure

November 4, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

Is there ever a time when it’s actually helpful for your closest friend to go away? Is there an occasion where their departure is a tremendous blessing and benefit to you? Well, Jesus says that there is in John 16.... Keep Reading

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What Does Love Look Like?

November 2, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

What do you think is the greatest demonstration of love? Is it giving someone an unbelievably expensive gift? Or is it spending time with them, especially when their sick or dying? Or is it something else? Well, Jesus helps us answer that question in John 15:12-13 when He says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another even as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”... Keep Reading

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Pruning for a Purpose

October 30, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

Do you ever ask yourself the question, why does God bring hard things into my life? Why does He put trials and tribulations in my path? What’s the purpose?... Keep Reading

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Not Identity Theft, But Identity Gift

October 28, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

Well, I’m not sure if you’re aware, but identity theft is a major problem in our country right now. It’s when a person steals your name, your credit card, or your personal information and uses them for fraudulent purposes. Now, clearly, it’s unacceptable behavior to steal another person’s identity. And yet, as Christians, we are by definition a people who have someone else’s identity.... Keep Reading

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How to Cure a Troubled Heart

October 26, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

What would you be doing right now if you knew you would not only be killed tomorrow, but that you would also be tortured for an indefinite amount of time before dying? My guess is that you would be desperate to find your own place of peace, comfort, and stability in the midst of the storm. You might even call loved ones, gather friends and family together to be close to you, or seek the quiet solitude of a place of happy memories. But what you would not likely be doing is pouring out concern for the peace and joy and faith of others.... Keep Reading

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

October 23, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

Have you ever heard of that well known idiom, “Home is where the heart is”? If you’re not familiar, it means that your home will always be the place for which you feel the deepest affection. And often, it’s not a house at all. Instead, it’s a special relationship. So maybe a husband or wife, a parent or child, or a loved one that is so special that nowhere feels more safe and secure than when you’re with them. But whether it’s a location or a relationship, there’s just no greater joy in the world than coming home!... Keep Reading

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