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Pastor Hawley's Blog

The Pastor's Blog: life. purpose. hope. is designed to make your life great by applying Biblical principles and godly solutions to everyday living. This is a great mid-week, spiritual boost.

    

Complaining More Than Praising?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Hawley

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Here’s How to Change Your Attitude

Have you been acting like a Debbie Downer? Are you spending more time noticing the glass is half-empty than half-full? If so, you’re not alone. This kind of pessimism is habit-forming. If you allow it, negativity can become a part of your character. What a shame that would be!

Unfortunately, humans struggle every day with complaining. While it is natural to be disappointed on occasion, we should not let it change our overall outlook – especially as Christians. We have eternal hope, therefore, we have endless reasons to praise rather than complain. If you feel that you’ve been caught in a cycle of negativity, there are some ways to shift your thinking.

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When Is It Sinful to Use Foul Language

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Hawley

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Today’s cultural and political climate seems to be a constant battlefield where the foulest and crassest speaker gets the most attention. With it seemingly becoming “ordinary,” when is it sinful to use foul language?

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Losing Your Religion? Why Easter's Promise Will Help You Hold On

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Hawley

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It is an unfortunate truth that more and more people are walking away from the church and losing their religion. According to Pew Research Center, “The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing.” Additionally, “Nearly one-in-five U.S. adults (18%) were raised in a religious faith and now identify with no religion.” While it is understandable to question faith during one’s lifetime, it is a much different issue to simply walk away.

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Don't Let Religion Get in the Way of Your Relationship with God

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Hawley

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Religion can easily get messy and confusing. In addition to the most popular religions, there are hundreds of “new” or “mainstream” religions. When you add in the multiple denominations within Christianity, it is easy to get overwhelmed and see how the whole idea of religion loses its meaning.

Unfortunately, religion is often used to give people false illusions about God. Many religions teach that you must do various things to achieve blessing from the god or gods. For this reason, religion then becomes a constant obstacle course or checklist depending on the faith tradition. You may have experienced religion where it felt like you had to jump through hoops to be accepted or feel acceptable. Or, you may have been taught that good works is necessary to get into heaven.

But, that’s what separates religion from a relationship with God. Jesus came to set us free and give us the opportunity to live in relationship with our Heavenly Father. No hoops. No checklist. No religion required. Let’s look at this idea more closely.

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6 Benefits of Baptism for Believers

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Hawley

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Christians are “followers of Christ;” therefore, it is a privilege to follow His example through water baptism. Baptism is not simply something we do because our parents or the church tell us to – we do it because it is meaningful to our relationship with God. While baptism does not equate to salvation, that does not mean it is unimportant. For believers, the act of baptism is a beautiful expression of faith, resurrection, and obedience that offers many benefits.

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