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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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In both of these instances a person has to make up his mind to quit. I do not believe in gradually tapering off of cigarettes, narcotics, or alcohol. You need to make a total break. That means you should get rid of anything you have that might tempt you. In my case, when I found Jesus, I poured some valuable Scotch down the drain, to the consternation of my wife, who had not yet made the same commitment. That was a definite break for me. From that moment on, I was not going to drink any more. I believe this…

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