Encouragement

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Broken Yet Rescued: How the Gospel Impacts Your Family Relationships

June 25, 2019

Parenting Points If we were to pull back the curtain of “perfect” social media posts, we would have to acknowledge that there is one word that describes every family – brokenness. Our homes, marriages and relationships with our kids are defined by the fact that we are sinful people in relationships with one another. At …

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Samaritan Counseling Centers Offer Help, Hope & Healing

June 25, 2019

Healthy Living “Help, hope, and healing” has been the slogan of Samaritan Counseling Centers of Greater Birmingham since its inception more than thirty years ago. In a spirit of compassion and concern as illustrated by the parable of the good Samaritan, Samaritan Counseling offers faith-based professional counseling, coaching and educational services in multiple locations in …

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Are Your Needs Being Met?

June 25, 2019

Encouraging Word A need is defined as a requirement or urgent necessity. We all have needs. If you have an unmet need, then you have a deficit because there is something missing or lacking. You now are motivated to meet that need and it becomes a priority. One cannot be fully satisfied until that need …

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Why Don’t They Like ME?  How to deal with negative comments on your church’s posts.

June 25, 2019

Church Leaders  Your church is hitting social media with everything you have. You are sharing posts. You aren’t relying on Sunday services to give you all of your content. You are interacting with people that comment. You are really doing social media the correct way, but then the worst happens. You get a dreaded negative …

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Being the Body of Christ

May 24, 2019

Encouraging Word Referring to born again believers, I Corinthians 12:27 says, “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.”  I Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, therefore glorify God in your body.” …

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The Importance of a Daily Anthem

May 1, 2019

Healthy Living Living an overcomer lifestyle does not happen by accident. It requires intense intentionality, fierce faith and a purposeful plan. To live the overcomer lifestyle, we must prepare for victory early and often. That means beginning the day with prayer and Scripture study. But it also includes being proactive about plotting a course for …

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Witnessing God’s Miracles

April 28, 2019

Lew Burdette When Lew Burdette was in first grade, his mother signed him up for a Bible memory class every Monday after school. Alone with 12 girls and a teacher when all he wanted to do was go outside and play ball, it felt like torture. As a high school sophomore, however, he would call …

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Staying Close to God

April 24, 2019

Encouraging Word As Christians, I believe we desire and need to maintain a close walk with God. James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and He will come near to you…” I believe there are four basic principles that will strengthen our relationship with Him: Listen to God. Trust God. Obey God. Wait on God. …

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Every Moment Holy

April 24, 2019

Best Books An ancient Hebrew writer once proclaimed that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Every valley and every hill, every city and every landfill belong to God. There is no place where God is absent, which means that every inch of the universe is graced by God’s presence and is inherently …

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3 (Surprising) Ways to Jumpstart Your Prayer Life

March 23, 2019

Special Feature A few years ago, my prayer life got stuck. Really stuck! Though I’d often struggled to make prayer a regular part of my day, this was different. This time I found myself unable to even find words to express myself to God, and He felt so distant I wondered, “what’s the use of …