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Galatians 3
Galatians 3 states the difference between the law and faith in Christ. The two topics are related but are NOT interchangeable, it’s almost like comparing a fully constructed building to the foundation and considering them exactly the same. Without the law, we would have no understanding of Grace. The law
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Galatians 2
Galatians 2 is the second chapter of a letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatian Church. In this particular chapter, Paul is telling the Galatian church about the early days of Pauls’s ministry, he reminds them that we are saved through faith, and not from works. Many people try
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Galatians 1
Galatians 1 is an epistle written by Paul to the Galatian Church. From a geographical perspective, Galatia was a region in what is now central Turkey. Here Paul continues his normal writing style, he begins with greetings and then gets to the main point of his letter. However, because of
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Colossians 4
Colossians 4 doesn’t make many sermon illustrations in the church today. I think it’s because the chapter only contains 18 verses and the last 12 are Paul saying this person says hi. However, I think we overlook a major lesson when we don’t look at this chapter properly. Colossians 4
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Colossians 3
Colossians 3 goes deeper into righteous living, and how we as Christians need to act. In today’s age, many people consider a lot of beliefs to be old and antiquated. However, I believe that to be dangerous, and shallow thinking. God has given us instructions, and sin back then is
The Book of Colossians
Colossians 2
The more I read Colossians 2 the more I see Paul as a father agonizing over his children. He keeps praying and imploring them to do the right thing. Colossians 2 focuses mainly on our freedom in Christ. When Jesus came to die for us he saved us from a
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Colossians 1
Colossians 1 has a major and defining theme. It states that Jesus has always been God and that he reigns supreme. One of the things most Christians don’t realize is that Jesus has always existed. He was there during the creation and will be here at the judgment. The Holy
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Titus 3
Titus 3 is a beautiful text about doing what is good and right before the lord. Many times we try to justify our sins. We say things like I’m still waiting, or well God doesn’t care. But he does, and I’m speaking to myself here. When we sin we cause
The Book Of Titus
Titus 2
Titus 2 is a letter from Paul to Titus, one of his children in the faith. It’s very similar to The Book of Timothy, and it mirrors our society a lot today. What amazes me when I read the Bible, is that people haven’t changed much over the last few
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Titus 1
The message of Titus 1 is about church leadership. In recent years we’ve seen many great leaders in the church fall into sin. Some people think it’s an epidemic, others think hear about it more because of social media and the instant world media we live in. However, we also
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Ephesians 6
At first glance, Ephesians 6 seems to be broken into two unrelated topics. First off we have obedience to earthly authorities, and secondly, we have the armor of God. However, Ephesians 6 is a lot deeper than most people realize the first time they read it. I’d even say bot
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Ephesians 5
Ephesians 5 is about living in the light, and instructions on how we should act. Paul does a really nice breakdown of actions and talking patterns in this chapter. What’s funny is that it was written over 2000 years ago and people are doing the same things today. Obscene jokes
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Ephesians 4
Ephesians 4 is a hallmark chapter in the new testament. It continues the vein of unity in the body of Christ and goes into righteous living. Every Christian should be refreshing themselves with this chapter because we are not better than anyone else. And it’s a good reminder of that.
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Ephesians 3
Ephesians 3 is a powerful chapter of the bible, revealing God’s mysterious plan. I believe the plan goes hand in hand with the great commission as well. (why wouldn’t it?) God’s great plan that is laid out for us, is a beautiful plan that shows us his love. Jesus came
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Ephesians 2
Ephesians 2 is about repentance and letting your sinful nature die, but more importantly, it’s about a new life in Jesus. In John 14:6 Jesus said that he’d come to bring us life, and that life would be abundant. Ephesians 2 is essentially how that life will begin. It’s how
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Ephesians 1
the book of Ephesians has been quoted many times by Christians, in addition to that many sermons have been preached from this book. In Ephesians 1, we read about the basics of Christianity, and what God and Jesus were trying to accomplish. I think sometimes we have to remove ourselves
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Philippians 4
Philippians 4 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. When I was in Ministry School I memorized this entire book because I loved it so much. Giving you a brief synopsis, Philippians 4 is a message about being full of the joy of the lord, praying, and how
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Philippians 3
Philippians 3 is where Paul gets down to the bare bones of what he wants to say. Don’t get me wrong, I love Philippians 1, and my post from last week Philippians 2. But here, is where he drops some major truth. The entire reason we were created, was to
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Philippians 2
Philippians 2 describes the attitude we should have while following Jesus. It’s a stark contrast to how Christians are perceived today. I’m not saying we are that way, some people are, but what should our attitude be when we follow Jesus? What should we be striving for? Philippians 2 also
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2 Timothy 4
In 2 Timothy 4, we have Paul giving his final instructions to Timothy. He encourages him, reminds him to keep pressing into Christ, and then sends his regards to other friends. Many scholars believe this to be the last book Paul wrote before his death, and 2 Timothy 4 is
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2 Timothy 3
2 Timothy 3 is about standing firm in the last days. For those who don’t know what the last days are, it’s basically the start of the apocalypse. (give or take) Give or take. The last days begin when men and women become full of themselves. They are prideful and
1st And 2nd Timothy
2 Timothy 2
In 2 Timothy 2, Paul is laying out the basics of what every Christian should be like. In the first half of the chapter, he’s talking about being a good soldier for Jesus. What this means is obeying God, and making sure our lives please him. When you become a
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2 Timothy 1
2 Timothy 1 starts out with Paul reminding Timothy of his family, and who first came to Jesus. He then explains to him that while he’s in chains, he’s still going to rejoice. Pretty much the entire chapter of 2 Timothy 1 is a reminder of our duties as Christians.
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Philippians 1
Philippians 1 is the first chapter in one of my favorite books of the bible. I love it because Paul breaks the intentions of people and God down perfectly. God cares about us, he loves us so much that he sent his son to die. On the other hand, some
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True Repentance
Repentance is a word that isn’t mentioned in Churches a lot today. Granted it does vary by the denomination and the people group, but to me, it seems that it’s a forgotten word. However, it’s mentioned a lot in the Bible and was one of John the Baptist catch phrases
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1 Timothy 6
1 Timothy 6 is once again about combating false teachings. This was a big issue in the early church, and something Paul wrote about extensively. At this time people were trying to meld Christianity with Judaism, and other religions. The same issues are happening today, people are trying to make
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1 Timothy 5
1 Timothy 5 is about keeping a proper balance in church relationships. It gives insight to women and elders on how they should behave. But it also states how they should be treated and provided for. A lot of this is just good common sense, but it’s also a great
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1 Timothy 4
1 Timothy 4 is a warning against false teachers. It gives us a basic outline of red flags and triggers to keep in mind when anybody is teaching us. 1 Timothy 4 reminds us that False teachings can come from anywhere. I’ve faced false teachings in ministry school and in
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1 Timothy 3
1 Timothy 3 is a short chapter but it gets straight to the point. In the past, I’ve quoted this chapter and James 3:1-12 when talking to people who want to lead. Truth be told, leadership in the church can be very difficult, you have many immature people asking (and
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1 Timothy 2
In 1 Timothy 2, Paul breaks down the proper way to act, and worship God. To me it’s almost like he’s writing out people should act and treat each other in a church service. He states that men should be worshipping God without anger, and women dressed modestly. The Chapter
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1 Timothy 1
1 Timothy 1 is the first chapter in a book written by Paul and addressed to Timothy who Paul has mentored in the faith. The book contains affirmations and instructions to Timothy so he can fight false teachings that people in the church were starting to teach. One of the
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Jude
The book of Jude is short and doesn’t get a lot of attention. Books with more familiar names like 1 John, or even 1 Peter are slightly longer but get more attention. I also think it’s name recognition. Not a lot of people know who Jude is. My first thought
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3 John
3 John is a short book in the bible. In fact, it only contains one chapter. Much like 2 John, which I’ve written about previously. it focuses on loving the people around us. It also contains a warning, that when leaders aren’t full of love, you should continue to do
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2 John
2 John doesn’t have multiple chapters. In fact, it has no easily broken-out divisions. The main point of this letter is to give an introduction because John himself is coming to speak with this group of Christians. During this time frame, many deceivers were going out and twisting the gospel.
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1 John 5
1 John 5 is about loving God and having faith in him. Here we learn how we are able to be saved, and we have a testimony of the Trinity. Receiving eternal life is a gift from God. But it’s not just about eternal life, it’s about the life we
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1 John 4
1 John 4 starts with a stark warning about False Prophets. In my lifetime I’ve seen quite a few of these, and even interacted with a couple of them. Often we think of the Anti-Christ from the book of Revelation when we think of these people. However, there are a
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1 John 3
1 John 3 is a short but powerful chapter in the bible. Here John breaks down and explains what Jesus meant when he said Love one another. He also phrases love as the main way we can identify who is a follower of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 13, we have
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1 John 2
1 John 2 is exclusively about followers of Jesus. It gives a great description of what a follower should look like. It also explains what our actions should be. Whenever I go through this chapter I get really convicted because I know that I can do better. I fail often
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1 John 1
1 John 1 begins with the Apostle John talking about the truth, he’s proclaiming that what he is saying is true. He also says the terms we, our, and us in here a lot. I believe that he’s referring to other people in his stories and the other apostles that
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2 Peter 3
2 Peter 3 is specifically about the Day of the Lord. This day goes by many names: The Apocalypse Judgment DayThe End of the World. Every year Hollywood releases blockbusters about the end of the world. In fact, the apocalypse is engrained in our cultural mindset. Deep down, I think
2nd Peter Faith Obedience And False Teachers
2 Peter 2
2 Peter 2 teaches about being wary of false teachers and their teachings. The Bible is very specific about sin and how to find Jesus but these people twist the truth and have deceived many people throughout the centuries. A good standard for every Christian is to know the bible,
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2 Peter 1
2 Peter 1 Is An Epistle Written By Peter And the Apostle Of The Early Church. The Letter Teaching How Christians Can Increase Their Faith And Reminds Them To Obey Scripture. There’s a difference between the writing styles of 1 Peter and this epistle, and the writing is considered very
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1 Peter 5
1 Peter 5 is the final chapter in this epistle. Here Peter speaks to the church, encourages them, and tells them to be on guard from Satan’s attacks. Originally I noticed the heading in my bible for this chapter said “Advice for Elders and Young Men.” However, in the text,
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1 Peter 4
1 Peter 4, Talks about the right way to live for God, and what to expect when you follow him. Life is difficult, but when you have Christ you have an advocate to walk with you. Peter begins the chapter by talking about the sufferings of Christ. It’s something we
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1 Peter 3
In 1 Peter 3, we have a continuation of Peter speaking to the church about righteous and holy living. When discussing holy living you have to dig into the actions and reactions of people. Many times Christian people will react in ways that aren’t holy, this is because there’s still
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1 Peter 2
In 1 Peter 2, we learn about repentance, and how we need to let everything go. I feel like this is a phase we all get into from time to time, however, for me, it’s been the last few years. The main theme behind 1 Peter 2, is that we
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1 Peter 1
1 Peter 1 is a letter to multiple churches. The early church didn’t have a bible they could reference, so instead, they listened to the people who traveled and lived with Jesus. They also had the Holy Spirit to guide them, but having spiritual leadership helps immensely in your spiritual
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John 21
In John 21 we have a few final heartfelt moments between Jesus and his disciples. The disciples are emotionally, spiritually, and mentally drained. The week prior was full of heartache and pain. So they went back to what they used to do. They went fishing. In John 1, you’ll remember
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John 20
In John 19 we saw the death of Jesus. But In John 20 we see him triumph over death when the empty tomb is discovered. The devil thought he’d won, but victory was snatched from his claws. The death of Jesus was needed to reunite us with God. We broke
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John 19
John 19 Covers the trial, death, and Burial of Jesus. Looking at this chapter from the future, we can cheer God on. We get to see how Jesus conquered sin, death, and the grave. His resurrection gives us eternal life and reconnects us to God. However, for the disciples, it
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John 18
John 18 is a turning point that has been building the last few chapters of John. While the last couple of chapters has contained narration. John 18 contains action. And with it, the Betrayal, Arrest, And trial of Jesus. Jesus knew what was about to happen, so he spent a
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John 17
In John 17 we see Jesus having a conversation. It’s a one-way conversation but that’s only because a response isn’t recorded. Personally, I think it might be another one of his prayers where it’s meant for those around him, but I can’t be sure since that’s not spoken. (However, if
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John 16
In John 16 we have Jesus giving some final commands and information to his disciples. It’s a very powerful but overlooked chapter in John. It doesn’t have a lot happening except dialogue, but it states what will happen to them in the future. John 16 is a continuation of the
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John 15
In John 15 we have Jesus explaining that he’s the vine, and weirdly enough our hope. A connection with Jesus is how we connect to God. The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth, and into the presence of God. When Jesus said it is finished on the cross,
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John 14
In John 14 We see a candid moment between Jesus and his disciples. It’s the night before the crucifixion and Jesus is trying to instill strength in his followers. Hindsight is always 20/20 but Jesus knew what was about to happen. So I see his message here as final instructions/lessons
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John 13
John 13 is a lesson on servant leadership. Here we have Jesus knowing the end is near, and the final thing he does is wash his disciple’s feet. It was an act of servanthood and love. I believe Jesus did it so they’d remember it. Hopefully, they’d treat each other
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John 12
In John 12, we begin to see pieces come together. Why Did Jesus Come To Earth? What was he planning? And why was it so different from what everyone else wanted? And Jesus surrenders his life for you, and me. While the next few chapters are disheartening, depressing, and even
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Has The World Gone Crazy
Has the world gone crazy? Or is it just me? I’ve been asking myself this a few times today over the last few years. In all actuality, I’ve come to the realization that I’m mad like the rest of the world (crazy mad not angry mad). At the time of
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John 11 Jesus and Lazarus
John 11 opens with Jesus receiving a message about a dear friend who is sick. The message has an extreme urgency to it and even though Jesus says his sickness will not end in death. Lazarus dies. Does this mean Jesus lied? Or didn’t know what was going on? John
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Reduce Stress
Learning a few ways to reduce stress can be extremely beneficial to you. There’s a lot of stress in this world, I’d even say the stress of it is too much to bear sometimes. In this day and age, we seem to take it all on, and it hurts us
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How To Stop Worrying
When I was 10 years old my family went on a vacation. It was the first and only vacation I remember ever having, and for some reason, I couldn’t stop worrying about my life. Funny enough, I broke down crying in the middle of my vacation, because I didn’t know
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John 10
John 10 starts out with Jesus telling a parable, (a story). When Jesus was on earth he’d tell parables because they were great teaching tools for his followers. And they confused people who didn’t follow him. John 10 is about the relationship between God, Jesus, and Humanity. In this parable,
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John 9
If John 9 had a theme it would be blindness, and how to heal from it. It starts out with Jesus healing a man who was physically blind. But it ends with Jesus showing people how they’re spiritually blind. Jesus obviously heals the man, and then the religious leaders complain
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Fight The Good Fight
When I hear people say fight the good fight, I picture far-off battlefields and Knights In Shining Armor. They fight for glory, honor, and the name of the king. What they battle for is worthwhile, needed and their countrymen are grateful. Recently I hit a bit of depression and looked
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John 8
John 8 is a chapter in the bible (from the book of John). And it begins with religious leaders trying to trap Jesus in his own words. In the text, they bring a woman caught in adultery to him and ask what should be done with her. Instead of invoking
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John 7
John 7 shows a division in the people. It shows that some believed that Jesus was the Messiah, and others doubted him. The former viewed him as a Godsend, he was the person who’d lead them to victory against Rome. The latter considered him a nuisance and someone that should
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Entrepreneurship Is Important
Entrepreneurship is important for our country. Most of the fortune 500 companies in our world today, have grown from small businesses. But even if a business isn’t part of the fortune 500 lists, it’s still important. Each business is the livelihood of the owner and the small number of people
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Jesus Died
Why did Jesus Die? What was the point? Many people read about How Jesus died and they stop right afterward. They don’t realize the significance of his death, and even worse, they don’t understand the significance of his resurrection. I think people have trouble believing in the resurrection of Christ
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John 6; Jesus is the provider
John 6 Is About Provision and how God will take care of those who follow him. Jesus Starts The Chapter Feeding 5000 People And At The End, He Declares Himself The Bread Of Life. Why did Jesus yell out that he was the bread of life? How did he expect
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Stop Giving Up Start Letting Go
In the last few months, I’ve experienced some massive problems. My job has been increasingly stressful, my mother is in the hospital, and my finances aren’t where I want them to be. This has caused major feelings of depression and heartache. I felt like giving up was my only option.
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John 5 Jesus Vs. Religion
In John 5 we see Jesus fighting the religious leaders of the Jewish faith. In fact, he is disobedient to THEIR ADDED LAWS and Customs. Jesus came to fulfill the law, but the Pharisees had added to it. Anytime you see Jesus “breaking” Jewish law in the Bible dig into
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John 4
The Great Meaning Behind John 4, is that Jesus can connect with people no matter where he is. We start out the chapter in Samaria and Jesus meets a woman that was despised by her own people. Then we move on and Jesus heals an official’s son. Every time Jesus
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John 3
John 3 Is A Synopsis Of The Christian Faith. God Sent His Son Jesus To Save Us. So We Can See The Kingdom Of God And Live With Him. In Addition To That, By Stating That God Loved The World So Much, That Jesus Was Sent To Save It. He
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John 2
Jesus was 30 years old when he performed his first miracle while attending a wedding in Cana. John 2 describes the wine running out, and Mary the mother of Jesus turned to him. Shortly afterward, he turned water into wine. I love this story because it shows Jesus’ love for
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John 1
The Opening Verses Of John 1 Is Creating A Description Of Jesus. The Word In VS. 1 Uses The Word Logos To Describe Him. Logos Means Word, Thought, Principle, Or Speech In Greek. There’s also an active element to the word logos. It means he was active in creation, and
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What Do Entrepreneurs Do?
Entrepreneurs Are Dreamers And Builders. They Are The One’s Who Problems And Develop Ways To Fix Them. Instead Of Following The Crowd, They Step Out On Their Own, Making Their Own Path. Entrepreneurs Aren’t Just Business Owners. They Are Problem Solvers And Visionaries. I know that the first paragraph sounds
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Chase Your Dreams
I’m a very stubborn person, and because of that I have a strong desire for being persistent, and often refuse to give up. This is the case when I’m passionate about something. When you chase your dreams. It should be the same way. In the long run, it’s a very
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Accomplish Goals
In life, there are a lot of distractions, and many times we’ll set out to do one thing, but forget about it. If this sounds like you, it’s a good practice to learn how to accomplish goals in your life. Look to your dreams, and set some steps between you
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How To Lead
I know a lot of people with leadership skills that are wasting away. They think if they wait eventually they can lead. They hope that sometime in the distant future they’ll be in charge and it’ll be their time to shine. My response to them is always the same. Your
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Why Micromanagement Doesn't Work
One of the biggest issues you’ll ever face in the business world is having a manager that loves to micromanage their people. Micromanagement is the bane of free thought. It kills collaboration, makes people feel inferior, and annihilates free thought. For years I’ve been a student of leadership, and I’ve
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Running Away From problems
I’ve seen a lot of people in my life who are always running away from problems. They hate the system, society, and even their family and friends. However, if people would look at themselves, I think they’d see some issues inside to face as well. This article isn’t going to
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John 10:10
In John 10:10 Jesus contrasts a thief who comes in the night to steal, for himself. The Meaning of Abundant life is that Jesus brings that life freely to us, while the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. In addition to that, we receive much more than life. He
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Why Entrepreneurs Fail
Entrepreneurs fail for a multitude of reasons, I’m writing some of the most common ones below. I wrote an article a few months back called Fail To Succeed. This topic about why Entrepreneurs Fail is similar. Most people don’t realize that success is a process, and it usually is a
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Jesus Talk To Me Now
There comes a time in every Christians’ life when they ask a simple question. How do I start talking to Jesus? You also don’t have to be a Christian to ask this, in fact, I wonder if Non-Christians ask this question more. This question might pop up after a major
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Does God Listen To Me
This post might be hard to take, especially if you’re in a tough situation. Most likely you’ve ever asked yourself, Does God Listen? Let me start out by saying stating the truth. God does listen to your prayers, and he has a plan. However, that’s easier said than believed. I
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admit you were wrong
When you admit you were wrong a liberation happens in your soul, it frees you to be yourself. There are a few hurdles to overcome prior to your admission of guilt and most of these are mental however if you can weather the storm. You’ll come out on the other
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What Discipleship Is And Is Not
Discipleship is a huge buzzword in the church today. Maybe it’s been this way for years but to me, it seems like I’m always hearing about it. The frustrating thing for me is to see people who don’t know what it is, proclaiming random stuff as gospel. We have to
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Will God Forgive Me
I grew up going to church and gave my life to Jesus at a young age. Even when I followed Jesus, I always worried about sin. Fear would creep into my heart, and I’d worry that I screwed everything up. God was now mad at me, and there was no
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Leadership Integrity
One of the biggest issues an organization will face is a lack of leadership integrity. The public doesn’t care if it’s real or perceived, it’s always bad for business. I can’t tell you how many companies and organizations I’ve seen, and promptly left because I didn’t see any leadership integrity.
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Jesus Is The Answer
Jesus is the answer, it’s a phrase that has frustrated countless people for the better part of 2 millennia. What does it mean? And Why Is He The Answer? Couldn’t It Be Someone Else Like Gandhi Or Buddha? What makes Jesus so special, and how can I know he is
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Who Is Jesus
Jesus is a topic that many people try to write about, and many people fail. To me, words cannot describe who is Jesus, but I feel the need to try. Understand as you read this, that he is so much more than anything you can comprehend or understand. A few
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Losing Faith?
The last few years have been really rough. My father had cancer and passed away. My businesses have been struggling, and I was hoping to find love. Everything I’ve been focused on has failed, and I’ve been losing faith. When you go all-in with something failure will rip your heart
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What Is Worship?
Growing up in the church I had a huge problem with worship. It was boring and I hated all the singing and the clapping. Also, there were so many people that I didn’t like being around there. Most of my issues with it stemmed from me not knowing what it
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What the Bible Says About Karma
Karma isn’t a word that you’ll find in the text of the Bible. This is due to it originating in the Far East where Hinduism and Buddhism developed and grew. In Buddhism and Hinduism, karma has a similar meaning. You can sum it up by saying your choices in this
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Leadership Skills
Over the last two decades, there’s been a lot of people writing about leadership skills. Some of it has been amazing. John Maxwell is a leadership guru who’s probably taught millions of people how to lead. There’s also been a lot of bad advice written about it. Leadership Is Influence.
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Hope Is Dangerous
Recently I read an article that stated there were 7 downsides to hope. While I agree that Hope is a dangerous thing. However, I inherently disagreed with the article and felt the person writing it was extremely pessimistic. Having hope is what humans do, and without hope, life is boring
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Forgive And Let Go
One of the most difficult things you can do in life is to forgive and let go. Especially when someone you loved has hurt you. Those are the deepest wounds, and they’re not easily healed. However forgiveness isn’t for them, it’s for you. When you forgive you’re not saying what
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anxiety and depression
As someone who fights anxiety and depression regularly, I’ve developed a battle plan to help me overcome them. It works most of the time, and the times it doesn’t, are the times I choose to fall into it. I know that sounds silly, but sometimes we choose to give up.
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How to Have A Generous Heart
Having a generous heart can be difficult. Most people think their money isn’t going to do much. Or they think it will be used for nefarious purposes. However, I think giving is a God-given responsibility for all people. There’s always someone in a worse place, and blessing them could be
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Does God Love Everyone?
Does God Love Everyone? Yes, he does, in fact, the Bible confirms this fact many times. John 3:16 is one of the most well-known verses, and it says that he does. However, we must also remember that God’s love is something we don’t always feel, God may love us, but
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Reconciliation With My Father
A few days ago I had the opportunity to visit my father on his death bed. Our relationship had been strained for years, but we had finally found some reconciliation and forgiveness. It was a touching affair where I held his hand and prayed with him. We knew his time
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Parent With Cancer
Two and a half years ago I received a phone call from my brother. He told me our father was dying of cancer. At the time my father and I had a huge falling out. He’d made some choices that I didn’t agree with and hurt me pretty badly. However,
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Entrepreneur On A Tablet
I’ve been in this entrepreneurship game for two years, and one thing is certain. It’s very lonely. During the day I work manual labor jobs and at night I work on my business (I even have a 3rd job sometimes). With so much time spent working. I get very little
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Who are we in Christ
Who are you? It’s a profound question that many of us have trouble answering. Who are we in Christ? Well, that’s even worse, If you don’t know yourself how could you know that? I’ve been trying to study this topic for a while now, and when I’m down and out.
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Luke 16:10
The Bible says a lot about faithfulness and endurance. Luke 16:10 is a prime example of being faithful with little, to be trusted with much. Whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will be dishonest with much. Luke
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Chasing Dreams
In my life I’ve been a failure, at least that’s what I tell myself whenever I look at my list of Dreams & Goals. It seems like the list gets longer and I keep growing older. However, my dreams keep getting larger, and more epic, and I don’t ever seem
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Fear And Freedom
Fear and anxiety will creep in fast and unexpectedly. It strikes me during the quiet time of the night. I wake up startled, gasping for air in a cold sweat. And in my memory, a terrifying dream fades away slowly. However, a feeling of terror remains. My heart is beating
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Parental Death
This post sucks to write, and it’s even worse to go through. Dealing with parental death isn’t something you ever think about. One day it hits you. I feel like I was lucky, I knew it was coming. My father had cancer for two years and he was fighting it
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Fighting Depression And Anxiety
If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll notice I won’t shy away from the truth. In my book ‘Hurricane Jerald’ I talk a lot about fighting anxiety from my childhood experiences and bringing them to light. Now I’d go a little bit deeper. I’ve never been diagnosed
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words of encouragement
The mind is a beautiful and dangerous thing. One second you can be on top of the world, and the next falling into the depths. Chances are good that sometime in your life you’ll be needing some words of encouragement. It doesn’t matter who you are, life is hard, and
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Fail to succeed
Have you ever thrown your heart and soul into a project, only to have it fail, disintegrating right before your eyes? For the last two years, I’ve been an entrepreneur, trying to find my place in the world. Some of my projects have borne fruit, and many more have blown
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1 Corinthians 13
1 Corinthians 13 is a chapter about faith, hope, and love in the Bible. Its nickname is the ‘love chapter,” too. I think most people would agree with me when I say it’s the most quoted chapter in the Bible at weddings. This is due to its great definition of
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Servant Leadership
In the business world, the term servant Leadership gets thrown around too much. It’s been happening for so long that I’m not sure many people understand what it means. It becomes a buzzword, something people throw out hoping to get the group excited. I get really annoyed by that because
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John 19:30 It Is Finished; The Crucifixion Of Jesus
The Crucifixion Of Jesus was the most significant execution in history. Jesus was killed for doing nothing except making the establishment angry. This happened because he told the truth and this threatened their perceived power. The Crucifixion of Jesus was planned by God. He was sent to die for all
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Psalm 121
Psalm 121 is a chapter in the Bible that’s dear to my heart. I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve been in tears quoting this chapter to myself. In my life, I’ve lived through heavy depression, fear, and loneliness. But through it all, I’ve learned that God is my
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John 14:6
In the Bible, Jesus said, “I am the Way, The Truth, And The Life.” It comes from a portion of scripture with an address of John 14:6. Sometimes Jesus said some confusing things, but this forces us to dig a little deeper, and understand what he’s trying to tell us.
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leadership characteristics
Great leadership characteristics are something that most people aren’t born with. For many, it’s a learning process while they’re making horrible mistakes. I could tell you some leadership stories from my life that would make you laugh and some would make you cry. In my early days of being a
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Losing Hope
Have you ever been to a place, where you don’t know what to do? Your body is exhausted, mentally you’ve shut down, and the situation can’t be fixed. In despair, and depression you cry out for help, but nobody answers, and you believe there’s nobody that can help you. You’re
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Qualities Of A Leader
What Are The Qualities Of A Leader? Can Anybody Lead? And How Do You Become A Great Leader? These are questions many people ask once they get into their first leadership position. I’ve been in leadership positions my entire life, I’ve failed many times doing it, and also learned how
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The Difference Between Faith And Hope
Faith and Hope aren’t that different from each other, in fact, I’d even say they’re related. I don’t think you can have hope without faith, and that’s probably vice versa. A lot of people have their own definitions but mine comes from Hebrews 11:1. 11 Faith shows the reality of what
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How To Be Happy
The last few weeks I’ve been in a funk, it’s been depressing and I haven’t been able to think. I started to come out of it yesterday and I looked over my posts since January. They are depressing, I needed to write them, but I should balance everything out better.
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How To Start A Business
Two years ago I was working in the business field as a Project Manager, for a Fortune 500 company. I was content, paying my bills, and had money in my Roth. Some people love this feeling, to them it’s heaven, but I died a little each day, and felt trapped.
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perseverance
Perseverance is the art of hanging in there when everything looks bleak. It isn’t admitting defeat, and it isn’t throwing in the towel. When you persevere, you’re holding on, believing that something will change. While sometimes this can lead you toward wishful thinking, I honestly believe many people give up,
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How To Inspire Others
Last winter I became a snowboard instructor for a ski school called Skijammers. The school teaches elementary and middle school students about Snowboarding (and skiing). I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, and at times it seemed like I learned more than I taught. However one of the
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Fight Depression
I’ve been in a fight with depression for most of my life. It stems from my broken childhood, and many of the lessons I learned during that time. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to make my fight public. The more I speak, I realize that many people don’t
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What Is The Meaning Of Life?
What is the meaning of life? Why are we here, and what should we be doing with our lives? These are questions that thousands of theologians and everyday people have pondered for centuries. I like exploring this question. It’s extremely deep and has many layers, but sometimes the answer to
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Pride Comes Before The Fall
In my life, I’ve walked a fine line. It’s a thin line between cockiness and confidence. This is a huge driving force in my life. However, I’ve always been prideful because of it, and pride comes before the fall. Pride goes before destruction,    a haughty spirit before a fall.Proverbs 16:18 (the Bible) I’ve
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The Christian Walk
I grew up in the Church and was taught how a good Christian boy should act. The impression I received was to be a nice guy, a quiet guy. For some reason that rolled into piety, and the understanding that Jesus would be happy with us. As I grew older,
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You Are Forgiven
I think young Christians and people new to the faith have trouble with this concept. I know when I was young I did. You hear these words, ‘you are forgiven,’ but if you don’t believe you can go home and forget. In fact, forgiveness was a hard topic for me
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Emotional Pain
I’m not a psychiatrist and I’ve never played one on TV, but I do have real-world experience in the field of emotional pain. I lived through years of mental, and emotional abuse, with a father who probably needed medication. My emotional pain was born from years of neglect, torment, and
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Emotional Healing
Since I became a writer a few years ago, I’ve been focusing on certain topics and you see them on my site. I’m honestly tired of writing blog posts on depression, and Forgiveness. Today’s topic is a breath of fresh air. It really excites me, because it’s the outcome of
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Jesus Forgives
I remember a time when I lived in constant fear and darkness. It was a time when I didn’t believe that Jesus forgives me. I don’t remember ever trusting God, and I waited constantly for him to pounce when I did something wrong. I’ve come a long way since then,
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Why Did Jesus Come
Over 2000 years ago a monumental event happened. A little baby was born in a manger outside of Bethlehem. Angels sang in the fields to some shepherds, and wise men in the east observed a bright star. This birth was an invasion and a powerful one at that. Jesus came
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Miracle Prayers
Do you have a need for miracle prayers? I need one in my life right now. I’m at the point where if God doesn’t step into my situation, I’ll lose everything. Are you there too? Are you weak, and your problem is all you think about? I’ve been there, I’m
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Trust In God
I heard this term every Sunday when I was young. Trust in God, and he will see you through every trial. Most of those people didn’t know what I went home to, and I wasn’t in the mood to explain. I felt like they didn’t care, and they were just
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Hearing God's Voice
The voice of God can be a difficult thing to decipher. A good reason you aren’t hearing his voice can stem from doubt. Deep inside you might be fostering a belief that God won’t speak to you. However, when you aren’t hearing God’s voice, it doesn’t have to be a
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Christians Should Be Praying
I woke up this morning, with a horrible pain in my gut, my normal routine was completely ruined. Usually I’ll grab my phone, and lay on the couch while my breakfast is cooking. Not today, I had horrible dreams that ruined my sleep. I didn’t remember the dreams, only a
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Prayer For healing
When you are sick and you turn to God, how do you know what you’re doing? Are trying to find a prayer for healing? How will you connect with God? When you need a prayer for healing, you’re in dire need. Most of us don’t pray for cuts and bruises
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There Is Power In The Name Of Jesus
You have authority in the name of Jesus, but It’s difficult to understand. I’ve had trouble writing about this topic. Mostly because of all the information that needs to be covered. However, if you don’t realize the power you’re given, Jesus will only be another historical figure to you. The
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Spiritual Warfare
I wrote this story a decade ago as I was fighting some bad spiritual warfare. At the time I had no outlet, and my pain was huge. So I started to write, and it became a newfound strength for me. In the past whenever I fought, I’d take a huge
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Forgive And Forget
I’ve been told that forgiving is easy, it’s the forgetting that’s hard. However, I don’t necessarily agree with that. When someone does you harm, how do you forgive and forget? Some people just asked a question in their head: Doesn’t that mean what they did was okay? Forgiveness isn’t about
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New Year
It’s Day 6 and I lost my focus. I’m not really cool with that. This New Year i’m supposed to set me up for the new year, prepare my heart, and give me some breakthroughs. I feel that my heart isn’t in this, and I’m not sure what to do.
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Emotional Pain
I used to be wounded and broken. Part of me wondered if I’d ever been able to grow up into a functioning member of society. Eventually, I found my way, or my path I guess you could call it. This is a guide on how I found spiritual healing. Keep
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The Lord's Prayer
The lord’s prayer is written at the beginning of Luke Chapter 11. It’s a simple prayer that Jesus tells his disciples when he’s teaching them to pray. I love the lord’s prayer because it’s literally God teaching us how to talk with him, and that’s something I always need help
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Luke 8
In Luke 8, we see Jesus giving a great foundation for Christianity. The chapter has stories like the parable of the sower and there’s a great description of the kingdom of heaven. In addition to that, we have Jesus calming a storm, casting out demons, and even raising the dead.
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Hurricane Jerald A Book On Forgiveness And Healing
Forgiveness was a difficult road to travel. I hated my father and knew he hated me. Even When I was young he would scream, yell, and he’d threaten me. I was terrified of him. In my ebook ‘Hurricane Jerald’, I go over the depression and hopelessness that I felt, but
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How To Handle Angry Customers
A few years ago in college, I got a job as a valet in the hospitality industry. During my time there I dealt with a lot of angry people. I often wondered what made them angry. I told myself it was from years of bad choices and frustration with life?
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Loneliness
As an entrepreneur, I experience loneliness a lot. It comes with the territory but it really sucks I do a lot of odd jobs during the day, but at night I’m working on websites, projects, emails to send out, etc. Between surviving and working, I don’t have a lot of
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How To Stop Fighting Depression
I grew up in a world of pain and heartache. It led me down the cold and dark path and I couldn’t win when fighting depression, and it invaded my heart. It’s still there, waiting to pop out and attack me. I still fight it every day. Part of me
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Anxiety
Anxiety is a horrible feeling, one second you are okay and in the next instance, it grips your soul. For me it’s like a heavy weight, pressing deeply on top of my chest. Every human on the planet has fear, but anxiety is a deeper more intense feeling than that.
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Victory in Jesus
Victory in Jesus is a Chruch Hymn written by Eugene M. Bartlett Sr. The song was written after Eugene suffered a paralyzing stroke in 1939. The song is about the death of Jesus, and how he came to heal humanity. Victory in Jesus is a beautiful song, not many of
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