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Sarah Bessey

Why I Go To Church

Do you ever wonder if it's worth packing up all of your little kids and taking them to church. Author and blogger Sarah Bessey shares why she makes the effort to get her family to church.

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Mentors: The Good, The Bad, The Awful

You think you've found a friend who will help you release your potential. But instead, you've attached yourself to someone who will stop at nothing to derail your hopes. Here's how to recognize the right and wrong kind of mentor.

Susie Larson

When God Doesn't Answer

Do you have questions God hasn't answered? You're struggling with a divorce, a break-up, unruly kids or tight finances. Susie Larson, an author, speaker and radio host has been there and has some encouragement for you.

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The Tragic Inaction of the Church

Author and cultural commentator Eric Metaxas is on a mission to rally the church to stand firm against the attacks on our religious freedoms, and to be the church by involving the gospel in everything we do.

Steve Reynolds, the Anti-Fat Pastor

The Anti-Fat Pastor: Tempted by Food

There are many unhealthy enticements in life, and some foods rank right up there at the top. Pastor Steve Reynolds says God promises a way of escape from these temptations.

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4 Ways to Have a Missional Marriage

Would you like your marriage to be more centered on God's purposes? Here are some practical things you can do as a couple to further the kingdom of God together.

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When Loss Launches Your Destiny

Losing a loved one, a job or a dream can rob you of your hope and faith. Learn how God turns your losses into a launching pad for His purposes.

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Study: Most Born-Again Christians Living With Regret

Regret weighs down many Americans. According to a new study from LifeWay Research, almost half feel the weight of a bad choice from their past, even though a vast majority believe God gives second chances.

When asked to respond to the statement, “I am dealing with the consequences of a bad decision,” 47 percent of respondents agree. 

While self-defined Protestant or non-denominational Christians are less likely to agree (42 percent), a majority (51 percent) of those who said they are a born-again, evangelical or fundamentalist Christian agree they are still dealing with a wrong choice from their past.

Recognizing a sizeable percentage of people are suffering consequences from past mistakes allows Christians to show grace, according to Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research.

“Christians minister grace out of grace,” said Stetzer. “Caring for those dealing with pain and regrets is not about fulfilling obligations or relieving guilt, as all of that has already been taken care of by Christ.”

The study, sponsored by Bible Studies for Life: Do Over, a group study from LifeWay Christian Resources, also found the vast majority of Americans believe God gives second chances for those who have made a bad decision.

Overall, 84 percent believe so, while 94 percent of Protestants and 98 percent of evangelicals agree God gives second chances. 

Nearly one in five Americans believe God gives a second chance when a person depends only on God (19 percent), followed closely by when a person makes restitution (18 percent), does enough good (15 percent) or promises not to repeat the mistake (11 percent). Fewer than one in six Americans say they are not sure why God gives second chances.

“In all, some 44 percent of respondents believe God’s offering of a second chance depends on some kind of human action,” said Ronnie Floyd, general editor for Bible Studies for Life.

For Floyd, this viewpoint creates unneeded issues. “The problem with trusting in one’s self to gain a second chance from God is that we cannot trust ourselves to get it right,” he said.

“Why put extra pressure on ourselves to fix things?” Floyd asked. “We shouldn’t. The most scriptural response to a failure is to ask God to intervene to accomplish His will.”

Bible Studies for Life commissioned the study to demonstrate the need for a better understanding of what the Bible teaches about past mistakes and God’s grace in providing second chances.

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4 Ways to Overcome a Spirit of Terror

Your heart races, your muscles are clinched and regrets are probably running through your mind. That's not God. Find out how to put an end to the terror.

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