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Make the Word a Growing Part of Your Life

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Make the Word a Growing Part of Your Life

What’s growing in you? Is clear thinking, spiritual passion, a sense of focus and purpose growing in your heart? Or is confusion, dissatisfaction, despair, hopelessness and anger growing in your heart?

As we work God’s Word into the soil of our heart our life will be growing in the right direction.

1 Thessalonians 4:1 says, “Live in order to please God. We ask you and urge you to do this more and more.” (NIV)

How to make the Word a growing part of your life:

  1. Get a translation you like. The Bible was written originally in Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament). Unless you can read Greek and Hebrew you will not be reading it in the original language! The King James Version of the bible is written in 1607 Old English.
  2. Get a good study Bible. Many app’s on our smart phones and devices are free! I like PocketSword but it only works on Apple devices. Another one that is very popular is You-Version.
  3. Get in a small group. When you study the Word with other believers, it will inspire you to go DEEPER. Acts 2 tells us they met daily; they prayed together. They studied the Word together; they fellowship regularly, and they had a vibrant faith that saw unbelievers come to Christ on a regular basis.

Perhaps one reason we are not influencing the culture around us is because we are not being influenced by the Word of God and strengthened by the fellowship of other believers.

If the Word is a growing part of your life, it will be what grows your life!

You can listen to the audio message here.

 

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Marriage is Difficult, But Stay Committed To Finish

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Marriage is Difficult, But Stay Committed To Finish

So often when couples hit the hard times they conclude, “Something must be wrong with my marriage. I must have made a mistake. I married a difficult person. I need someone who will treat me better.” And in some situations those conclusion can be the right conclusion when it comes to abuse, adultery, etc….

But it’s very important to realize that all relationships are difficult. It doesn’t’ matter if your talking about friendships, family, church or professional relationships—they all take work.

We can feel slighted, hurt, and misunderstood, then “Miss Thang” comes along and @WOW! We think, She treats me nice; she laughs at my jokes….

And you’re in the “WOW” stage. After the newness of any relationship wears off, all that’s left is just the hard work of learning each other, of extending patience toward each other, of giving ample grace to one other.

That’s the hard work of relationships. But you if you stick with it, you hit a point where you say, “Oh my goodness! I know them; they know me, and our love has been tested and tried and stood the test of time.”

Some people sow seeds in the springtime, pull weeds in the hot summer time, but bail out before the harvest. You have to stick around for the best part!

What is something you’ve learned or are learning in your marriage?

 

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