How long has it been since you were amazed by God?

How long has it been since you and your family were amazed by God? I mean really, speechlessly, surprised and wowed? Sometimes the Bible seems full of stories we’ve been hearing forever. We think that we know the Bible stories and what they mean for our lives. And sometimes it’s hard even to get children out of bed for the same old cereal, much less get them up 15 minutes early to hear “the same old story.” And all their favorite books, movies, games, and TV shows—filled with monsters, quests,...
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Quit worrying what others will think of you

Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. —GALATIANS 1:10 Many of us are people pleasers. We want everyone to like us. We want everyone to think we’re a nice person. We like to just blend into a crowd and not open ourselves up in a way that may cause people to say, “Well, that’s weird.” We live in a world where...
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Be strong and courageous

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. —JOSHUA 1:9 Every single one of us is afraid of something. Even those of us who seem to be brave are usually just better than others at hiding how scared we really are. But you know what’s amazing? That God knows how scared we feel and uses us for his purposes anyway. I once read that the phrase “Do not fear”...
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