Overcoming Unbelief

Buried Treasure - Spiritual Growth

Looking for Buried Treasure? Try Your “Backyard”

Buried treasure? You’ve got it right there in your “backyard.” The treasure I’m talking about is spiritual growth; your backyard is your past. When I saw this last night, I broke out in such a huge grin—the Lord really knows how to “hide” things in plain sight. Let’s break this down: First, consider that what you need most in life is spiritual growth. Genuine spiritual growth always means that in one situation after another you are learning to live with far…

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A Monster Depression

A Monster Depression Meets the Key of Freedom

I was face to face with a monster. The sweet, sad soul opposite me was being squeezed relentlessly by a monster depression, and had been off and on for years. By now, it had rendered him utterly hopeless and physically homeless, barraged hourly by thoughts of stabbing himself. How could I position him for the Lord to set him free? What would you have done? You may ask: Was he a Christian? Yes, but being a Christian can make depression worse, if…

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Letting Go vs Hanging On

The Secret of Letting Go (and the Power of Promises)

The secret of letting go dawned in me slowly. Do you, too, have a two-fisted approach to life? When stuff happens that makes you angry or anxious, do you grab it with your spiritual hands and hold in a death grip? Oh, I know it feels like anxiety and anger are the ones gripping us, but the reverse is the case. Emotionally and spiritually speaking, nothing can stick to us unless we are the ones doing the holding. I won’t blame…

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Confidence of a Mountain Climber

Confidence – Who Needs It?

Confidence – who needs it? We all do! And plenty of it. Like popcorn with salt, everything goes better with confidence. But where do we go to get it? In The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews as Maria is the spokesperson for popular culture when she sings: “I have confidence in confidence alone, and as you can see, I have confidence in me!” That’s what we want to be – optimistic people brimming with self-confidence. But before we all join in…

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