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“You must be born again.” The religious leader who heard these words first spoken 2,000 years ago seemed stunned by them. This, Nicodemus, a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews, had already acknowledged his belief that Jesus Christ had come from God, “for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Chapter three of the Gospel of John records this intriguing conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus, giving us a vital key to the kingdom of God. Both believers and unbelievers still use Jesus’ words “born again,” and many, like Nicodemus, are still confused by…

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It was one of those dreams that makes your eyes pop open, and it takes you a moment to realize where you are. It seemed so real that my heart beat faster and I needed a moment to catch my breath.  I’ll spare you the disturbing details. I can tell you that my nightmare was my stress and anxiety personified. It was as though my deepest fears became a story that I was living out. I was relieved to wake up and realize that it was just a dream, but I was instantly confronted with a part of myself that…

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Have you ever gone through a time in your life when you weren’t feeling particularly spiritual? When it took work to pray. When it was too painful to cast light into the shadowy corners of your heart? I know I have certainly found myself there — the feeling of being forsaken.  I’ve doubted God and I’ve wrestled with Him when I didn’t like His plan for me. I’ve become angry when my prayers were answered but in the way I didn’t desire. I have wondered where He was; if He was. I’ve been incredibly prodigal. But fortunate enough for me,…

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Hebrews 11:6 says it is impossible to please God without faith. But what exactly does it mean to have a faith that is pleasing to God? Faith Defined Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1, NLT Faith in Christ Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. John 11:25, NLT If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be…

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