Living Without Offense

Taking offense allows others to dictate your emotions and thereby your quality of life. When we allow the expressions of brokenness in others to affect us, we take our minds off of the ways of heaven and place them on the ways of the world. If we are to effectively live in obedience to the second...
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The Simplicity of Grace

Grace is a glorious commodity of heaven that can only be received and experienced in surrender to the will and love of our heavenly Father. Our world is unable to offer grace because it is in a constant state of need, and grace can only be offered from a place of true wholeness and love. In utter...
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The Simple Truth of Freedom

2 Corinthians 3:18 says, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." Freedom from sin is not something we pay for with our own blood, sweat, and tears. It is not bought by any measure of human strength or will, but by the precious and powerful blo...
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The Discipline of Simplicity

Often, we are kept from living lives marked by the joy and peace of our heavenly Father because of our continual pursuit for more. Humanity's first sin was pursuing more than God intended for us, and the enemy continues to entice us with that temptation today. A core value of the world is more: m...
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Rest in God

One of the simple, core values of restored relationship with our heavenly Father is rest. From the beginning God exemplified its importance. Genesis 2:3 says, "God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation." And Hebr...
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A Life of Sacrifice

Living for our own gain adds stress, pressure, and chaos to life, successfully robbing us of all the transcendent peace available through sacrificial living. We were never created to be our own provider or sustainer. We were never meant to develop our own source of joy and purpose. The only place...
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Love People

As we step into a deeper abundance of relationship with our heavenly Father, our hearts will naturally burn to love people as he has loved us. Loving people was never a chore for Jesus. He loved those around him with the fiery passion of his Father, and God calls you and me to do the same. 1 J...
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Love God: It’s All about Relationship

The world is an exhausted place. We search constantly for what should be most important or what deserves our attention from moment to moment. As the tides of societal values ebb and flow, so do our affections. We invest value and love into that which offers us nothing in return. And unfortunately...
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Love-based Simplicity

God's command to love affords us a life of simplicity that can only be found in his kingdom come to earth. Colossians 3:14 says, "And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." Christianity is a simple religion. Jesus said that all of God's commandm...
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Love-based Obedience

For much of my life I feared the thought of obedience, especially to the almighty, all-knowing, and all-powerful Creator of the universe. I couldn't seem to find a way to consistently choose him over myself. I couldn't seem to be able to live for his affections over those of the world. As hard as...
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