Arise Blog

Category: Building Character

  • Using the Pandemic for Good

    We’re all experiencing something we’ve never encountered before, and it’s more than a little disconcerting. Here are a few ways we can we step outside our comfort zone and fill this time of heartache with hope.

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  • Such A Time As This

    Often we believe if we’re not climbing mountains, traveling the world, or working a high-level job then we can’t make a difference. But that wasn't true for the biblical heroine Esther and it isn't true for you either.

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  • What Does It Look Like to Press On?

    So what does it look like to “keep on, keepin’ on”? It’s a choice. But how do we get there when it seems like our past outweighs it all? Rise up. God has more ahead of you than behind you.

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  • Jesus is Always the Hero

    Have you ever noticed the mother in the Bible story of Jesus feeding the crowd of five thousand with the lunch offered by a little boy? If you read John chapter 6, you won’t actually find a mention of any woman, but I know she was there. This story doesn’t happen the same way without a mom.

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  • Goodbye 2019 – 20 Truths about the Past

    The last day of the year has always caused me to be rather nostalgic as I glance in my rearview mirror at the previous 364 days. While so many of us shun those regrets, disappointments, and tears, our past actually serves as one of our greatest life advantages.

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  • Remembering Your "Lasts"

    Everyday memories are priceless. We get caught up in the struggles, responsibilities, and daily grind and fail to look around and cherish the last times. Each day holds a moment that will never be recaptured.

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  • Good or Bad, Change Is Inevitable

    Change is constant in this life. Friendships change, attitudes change, circumstances change, careers change, family dynamics change, kids change, passions change. Not all change is bad however, some of it God uses to bring beauty we would never have seen if things had remained.

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  • Waiting on God's Timing

    Can you imagine what would have happened if Noah had given up and left the safety of the ark? His patient endurance allowed God to finish what He began. Is there something you are waiting for? Are you growing impatient or holding steady?

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  • Leave Everything Better Than You Found It

    We often times see the world as "not our problem." But is that how Jesus looked at it? What if we began each day with the attitude of--everything I come in contact with today, I’m going to make better?

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