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How to Fight Three Common Enemies of the Soul

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By Dr. Paul Chappell We easily name the world, the flesh, and the devil as the three primary enemies of the Christian life—and rightly so. Ephesians 2:2–3, 1 John 2:15–16, and dozens of other passages deal with these three enemies of the soul. But rarely do these present themselves unveiled in the heart of a Christian. Satan doesn’t show up announcing his presence and his intent to destroy your life, nor do fleshly temptations present themselves as the destructive “old…

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4 Guaranteed Ways to Improve Your Communication

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“What we have here is a failure to communicate!” You might remember this famous line from the Paul Newman movie, Cool Hand Luke One of the more serious problems we face in pastoral ministry is the breakdown of communication. It can happen in a congregation, a small group, a business meeting, and in staff meetings. Yes, communication breakdowns can even bleed over into family relationships, husbands and wives, parents and children. Here four guaranteed ways to improve your communication with…

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10 Ways the Enemy Robs Us of Our Joy

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By Chuck Lawless Paul made it clear to us that we wrestle against demonic forces as we strive to follow Christ (Eph. 6:12). In fact, the enemy often seeks to destroy our Christian joy so that our witness for Christ loses its effectiveness. Here are some ways he seeks to rob us: He wants us to magnify our mistakes, dwell on them, and struggle with accepting God’s forgiveness. It’s tough to speak about grace when we’re not willing to receive it….

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How Life is Good, Even When It Isn’t

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By Daniel Henderson This week, in the United States, we celebrate Independence Day – the 4th of July.  Culturally speaking, it is the ideal summer holiday. Friends, sunshine, and fireworks commemorate all the freedoms and provisions we enjoy as Americans. It is a day designed for joy, contentment, and gratitude. On this day, life is good. But sometimes life deals us circumstances that just aren’t so enjoyable. Yet, Scripture assures that “…all things work together for good to those who…

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5 Reasons Why God Allows Delays

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While we know God is in control and we know that He has reasons for His delays, it can be challenging to face those delays. It’s not a denial of your request. It’s just a delay. Still, we wait for an answer to prayer. We wait for a spiritual breakthrough in our lives. We wait for a solution to our dilemma. We wait for relief from our pain. It can become discouraging and even overwhelming to our faith. So, why…

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