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Eliminating Your Debt

Debt seeks to secure our happiness now by committing to pay more for it later. Regardless of how much debt you have accumulated, learn some biblical and practical steps to reduce your debt now, and remove the opportunity to increase more debt later. Proverbs on Debt Prov. 11:15 – Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm, but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure. Prov. 17:18 – One who lacks sense gives a pledge…

Preparing Your Budget

If you don’t make a plan for how you use your finances, someone or something else will make a plan for you. Preparing a budget shows you are a responsible steward with what God has entrusted to you. The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin (Prov. 10:16). A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous (Prov. 13:22). The crown of…

Balancing Your Finances

We tend to polarize financial convictions, but the Bible provides surprising wisdom to obtain balance. If we learn God’s financial perspective, we will benefit from obeying biblical practices. Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. -Prov. 8:10-11 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it. -Prov. 15:16 By wisdom a…

Stress: The Anxious Disposition

If left unchecked, stress has a way of hindering the essential parts of your life. God’s Word provides powerful yet practical ways to address mounting pressure. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by…

Unforgiveness: The Lingering Bitterness

When wrongs have been done, it is very difficult to move on to a place of healing. Through forgiveness, you can navigate the future by addressing the past. Forgiveness is a defining characteristic of Christianity – we receive it from Christ and offer it to others. God desires for us to become masters of forgiveness and reconciliation. While freedom for our sins is available, we often do not experience it due to an unwillingness to forgive others. For if you…

Debt: The Financial Strain

Discontentment will lead to justifying debt. When your finances get overwhelming, it drastically alters every other aspect of your life. What Does the Bible Say About Debt? Proverbs 22:7 – The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. Romans 13:7-8 – Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.…

Transitions: The Unsure Direction

We all experience moments of transition with decisions we make or situations beyond our control. How do you determine your path when you are unsure of God’s direction? Ephesians 5:15-17 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Your Situation You are where you are based on the decisions you…

Divorce: The Deceitful Escape

While divorce may seem like a desirable path for some couples, it is never a simple escape from trouble. Before going down this path, there are many things that must be considered. How Bad Is It? How committed are you in order to make things work? How committed is your spouse to that end? What are the 1-3 things that your spouse must address to improve your marriage? What are the 1-3 things that you must address to improve your…

Consequences: The Unfortunate Reality

After making a bad decision, we are often left with the unfortunate reality of consequences. How should we go forward when we are dealing with effects from previous decisions? Why Am I Going Through This Situation? Is God trying to teach me a lesson? Is Satan trying to take me down? Are enemies trying to frustrate me? Are my consequences coming back to bite me? If God is testing me, let me be found faithful. If Satan is tempting me,…

Depression: The Bleak Perspective

Are you depressed or know someone who is? How can you help someone who struggles with a bleak perspective? Let’s draw strength from God’s Word to help in dark times of the soul. Initial Questions Can you describe how you are feeling? On a scale of 1 to 100 (1 being the most depressed and 100 being the most joyful), how would you describe yourself right now? On a typical day? What factors are contributing to how you are feeling…

Counseling Sessions

When life proves to be challenging, sometimes we require godly counsel. In this Equip course, we will look at some of the most frequent issues that lead to counseling and share some helpful perspectives. Think of these sessions as group counseling as we address some of the most rampant areas in which people struggle. Through seeking biblical wisdom, you will be able to either address your current situation or help someone else in need. We will begin on October 13th…

Implementing Discipleship

Even though you haven’t implemented the entire Distinctive Discipleship process yet, hopefully, you are already beginning to see some growth. In this last session, you will put all the pieces together and initiate your plan. While you have experienced progress, now it is time to define your distinctive strategy which you will use for the months to come. CONSIDER While we all came to this study in a different spiritual place, and we will each leave with a different set…