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Fluff vs. Foundation

If we want to accomplish great things with others, we may not be able to get there by remaining at a surface level in our relationships.

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What might it look like if we looked forward to hearing from God as much as we look forward to hearing back from friends?

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Being in Community Without Living on a Commune

The idea of twelve men quitting their day jobs and following Jesus seems out of place today. How do we invest in others, in the very different world that we live in centuries later?

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The Noise in the Silence

Even when our environment is relatively quiet, there can still be a lot going on in our hearts and minds. How can we fill the space inside with good things, and drive out the chaos?

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If you find that other thoughts compete with your time with God, how can they be captured for later, so that you can focus on Him?

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Getting Our Attention

God has the means to get your attention without your consent, but it's much easier to choose to listen to Him.

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But everything in my schedule is really important!

Here are a couple of possible techniques to help us trim events from our schedule - no matter how full it may seem.

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Learning to Pray

Praying may seem challenging at first, but given time and practice - and maybe a little help - we can make it as natural as other skills that we don't even think about anymore.

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Peace and Quiet

The first step to having peace is not necessarily to find "quiet".

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Growing One Step at a Time

Trying to reach God's ideal overnight can be so overwhelming that we don't even start. With God's help, can we start by doing just a little better this week?

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Trust Fall

When I think about listening to God, one of the things I sometimes fear is that He might call me to do something.

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Sweet Hour of Prayer

Although the old hymn, "Sweet Hour of Prayer", probably wasn't talking about a literal hour, we can still give God some of our undivided attention in prayer.

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Take the Step

Not every opportunity demands our action, but many of them give us chances to make a difference.

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Do the Simple Things

Being a hero doesn't require superpowers. Sometimes, it just means stepping up to do what needs to be done.

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Invasion of the “Have Tos”

A careful look at Scripture may suggest that we "have to" do fewer things than we think, allowing us to "get to" do more of God's will for our lives.

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Does Margin Really Work?

Can we be inspired to make room in our lives for God's messages and opportunities?

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If we shouldn't exasperate our children, what should we do for them, instead?

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I can do it myself!

For those of us who fear the unknown, a better path may mean trusting God for answers, or leaving some room for Him to work.