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Have you ever run until your muscles are cramping and it feels like your lungs are about to burst? That is how Jesus wants us to run after Him. But imagine trying to run with a hundred-pound backpack full of bricks. That’s what it’s like to run after Jesus while we’re weighed down by sin. That’s why He calls us to throw off our sin so we’re free to really run after Him.

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Have you ever felt like you were under attack? Well, you are. The Bible tells us that there is an enemy who opposes God and His people. But we are not without defense. God has given us His armor. He’s given us the belt of truth, the armor of righteousness, the boots of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Holy Spirit. Isn’t that amazing? God has provided protection against the schemes of our enemy – we just need to put it on.

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God is love. Love originated with Him. Our culture has often attempted to hijack love and define it according to societal whims. But God Himself defined it for us. He told us what love looks like – through His dealings with His people, through His Son, and then through one of His servants – a man named Paul. Paul spent the better part of one of his letters telling us exactly what love is.

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Can you imagine what the church would be like if we were all gifted the same way? Think about it. What if everyone was gifted to teach but no one was gifted to cook dinner for the family facing a cancer diagnosis? What if everyone was gifted to lead but no one was gifted musically? The reality is the church needs every gift to serve fully – the way Jesus wants His church to serve. If you are a follower of Jesus, you have been given a gift or ability that enables you to serve. And if your children follow Jesus, so have they!

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