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  • Is Christianity Worth It?

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    Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:19, “If our hope in Christ is good for this life only and no more, then we [Christians] deserve more pity than anyone else in all the world” (GNT). Why does Paul say this? For one thing, it isn’t easy to live for Christ in a world that doesn’t like Christ.

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  • Temptation Is Always a Battle Between Now and Later

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    We rarely evaluate our values or question our perceptions until we have a crisis. Once we’re in deep pain, we begin to examine what we’re basing our lives upon. Whether it’s materialism, feeling good, or looking good, we instinctively realize there has to be more.

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  • What Has Final Authority in Your Life?

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    One fundamental question in life stands above all others. What will have the final authority in your life? What sources will help you determine your values? Will it be your parents? Or your peers? Perhaps your school or the books you read? What about the movies or television shows you watch, or the songs you listen to?

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  • No Matter What People Say, God Is for You

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    If you try to do anything of value in life, naysayers will come your way. They might ridicule you, spread rumors about you, or even threaten you. But don’t focus on the naysayers. Don’t focus on your problems. Focus on God and his promises. Become a promise person.

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  • We Don’t Need to Fight Critics

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    Negative people will distract you. You know God has given you an important assignment. But these naysayers tell you that you’re the wrong person. You’ve got the wrong idea. You’re doing it the wrong way.

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  • Focus on God’s Opinion, not What Others Say

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    People who accomplish big things in life must face naysayers who try to discourage them.

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  • Why Hope Isn’t the Same as Optimism

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    Life often brings you matters that are difficult to swallow, like a sickness, a job loss, or the death of a friend or family member. Those pills are bitter going down, and we often choke on them.

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  • Where Do I Find Real Hope?

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    At the end of World War II, a U.S. submarine came back to dock at Newport News, Va. As it came into port, something terrible happened, and the submarine began to sink. The Coast Guard was immediately dispatched to save the crew, and divers swam down to the submarine. As they approached it, they heard a sailor using a hammer to tap Morse code on the hull. His question: “Is there hope?”

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  • Change Something, Change You

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    You can’t change everything. But you can change you. When your life feels like it’s falling apart, knowing what you can change — and what you can’t change — can make all the difference.

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  • Get Alone with God, and Wait

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    When life seems to be falling apart, your most “spiritual” decision may be a surprise: Get alone with God, and wait.

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