Becoming an Influencer…Who Lives With Infectious Joy

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Joy is infectious, but it is often hard to find.  The circumstances of life frequently lead many to depression, despair and frustration.  Yet as followers of Jesus,

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Counting the Cost of Discipleship

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'” Matthew 16:24 =What has it cost you to become a Christian?  Salvation is free, the gift of God’s grace, paid for by the precious blood of

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Reckless Mercy

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” – Romans 8:1 God’s mercy displayed and delivered in the person and work of Jesus Christ is not random.  No, His mercy is very intentional and intense; and it is also reckless. He chooses to show mercy on

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Becoming an Influencer…Who Can Handle Success

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” Philippians 3:7-8 Today we see Nehemiah evaluating his life and service. Was he successful?  But then, what

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Becoming an Influencer…Who Can Motivate Others

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” Hebrews 10:24 Getting yourself motivated is one thing, but prompting others to action is another.  What’s your approach?  Does it work? What’s the experience of those you’re attempting to influence into action? As Nehemiah moves

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