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Happiness vs Joy | Why You Should Stop Trying to Be Happy

SUMMARY Each day brings its own set of challenges and rewards. Will we get to work on time? Have a successful meeting? Find time to work out and stay positive? Or will there be traffic, tension between colleagues, too many emails, junk food, and high stress levels? If you think that your happiness depends on your[…]

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The Security of Surrender | Letting God Take the Wheel

SUMMARY In order to live a passion-filled, purpose-driven life, we must all learn how to surrender ourselves over to God. When we surrender ourselves completely to Christ, we discover freedom, not bondage, a savior, not a dictator. It’s a difficult concept, but I wanted to share with you some insights that will help build your relationship[…]

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How to Become a Lifelong Learner

SUMMARY Do you love learning? If you just graduated or passed a certification exam, you may feel ready for a long break. But I want to encourage you to keep going. Learn to love learning. That’s the secret. It’s the learning process that often provides the most enjoyment anyway. Which of the following scenarios would[…]

Emotions and the Bible - Todd Phillips, Online Pastor

How NOT to Be Controlled by Our Emotions

SUMMARY Many of us go through our days on an emotional rollercoaster of doubts, fears, anger, and anxiety. Emotions can help us a great deal, but they can also create a lot of problems. We are prone to experiencing great highs and lows without any solid foundation of who we are, what we’re doing, and why. Emotions[…]

truths of the bible - God, Jesus, Love, and Christmas

Truths of the Bible

SUMMARY This holiday season a lot of us might need to be reminded about our worth and value in this world. Yes, Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus, but it can also be a time when we need to reaffirm what it means to have a relationship with Him. This sentiment is true regardless[…]

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How to Find Answers to Your Bible Questions

SUMMARY Curious about what the Bible says about tattoos? Want to know if our pets go to Heaven? What about the larger life questions like what happens after death? These are all incredible questions that most people find themselves asking at least at some point in life. We may not know what Bible verse to[…]

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How God Deals with the Storms of Our Lives | INTERACTION | Part 2

SUMMARY Last week, we talked about one way that God Deals with the Storms in Our Lives — the MIRACLE. Unfortunately, many Christians believe that God only works through miracles. So when God doesn’t perform the miracle that we’re praying for, we get upset. But we don’t know that God actually works in 3 ways to[…]

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How to Find Stability in Life

SUMMARY Would you prefer to build your house on rock or sand? The wise man builds his house on rock while the foolish man builds his house on sand (Matthew 7:24-27). In Matthew 7, Jesus told his followers that if we are to have a stable foundation, we must hear His words and act on them. Acts[…]

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How to NOT Worry and Love God | Stress Management Tips

SUMMARY Last night’s debate left a lot of people feeling worried. But politics isn’t the only thing we humans stress over. Whether it’s providing clean water and the gospel to all of Liberia, bills, retirement, school, or relationships with friends and family, we seem to worry about nearly everything. While sometimes stress can help us survive a difficult[…]

4 ways to gain wisdom and understanding - Todd Phillips

How to Become Wise

SUMMARY Today, I’m talking to you about wisdom. Just a few days after becoming a follower of Christ, I came across this passage from 2 Chronicles 1:7-10: “That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him: ‘Ask. What should I give you?’ And Solomon said to God: ‘You have shown great and faithful love to[…]