The Bible is full of imagery that describes the Christian life as a natural, organic process. It describes Christians as fruit-bearing trees, rivers of living water, born again, and shining like stars. Does your Christian life feel like that? Is it vibrant and real? Or does it feel dead, dry, and dull - something you are struggling to build, brick by painful brick?

This blog, written by singer/songwriter Tiffany Wismer is about bearing spiritual fruit that is a peaceful product of God, rather than a painful product of your own effort.

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God is a Firefighter  |  June 28, 2012
How is God like a firefighter? Watching the fires in Colorado, we started to see herds of frightened deer and rabbits running past our houses, and soon frightened evacuees were running into the arms of friends on the East side.

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Timeless: A Picture of Salvation  |  June 21, 2012
Salvation means an alternate timeline for those who believe. Jesus Christ died on the cross to take away the consequences of Adam's mistake. No wonder we love stories about temporal paradoxes.

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How Would Jesus Love?  |  June 7, 2012
What is Jesus' love really like? And when we're asked to love as He loved, do we know what that looks like? Do we understand and feel His love to us, so that we can offer it to others?

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Many people will say that the ACTS prayer is simply a spiritual discipline that we must do to keep ourselves tuned up spiritually. But what does the Bible say about discipline? How do spiritual disciplines like the ACTS prayer help a Christian's walk with God?

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How can we reconcile God's love with the reality of hell? Many people, believers and non-believers alike, struggle with this question. For many, it is the reason why they feel that God cannot exist. Is there any way to resolve this tricky issue?

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What makes a Christian a Christian? According to the Bible, there is only one thing that makes a person a Christian, and that is faith in Jesus Christ. But what does that mean?

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Free will vs. determinism is an age-old debate. The Doctor on Star Trek Voyager is a character from a future society whose technology gives us a new look into the ins and outs of free will. What exactly is it that makes us free?

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What are some good arguments for the pre-tribulation rapture of the church? Is there any reason to believe it will happen? Or is the book of Revelation a symbolic text? Should we be looking forward to a rapture?

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What is a good guide to reading the Bible? How can we understand God as we read, and get the most out of our time in the Word? Here are three guidelines that can help.

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What does it mean to be a good friend? How can we recognize true friendship? And what does the Bible tells us about God's friendship? How is He the truest friend of all?

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Is it possible to attain satsifaction and joy in this life? How can we be content and peaceful while still acknowledging that this world falls short of ideal?

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Is Facebook Evil?  |  March 13, 2012
Is Facebook evil? Social media, and especially Facebook, has become ubiquitous in our culture. Should Christians avoid using Facebook and other social media tools? What are the dangers and temptations associated with Facebook? How should we respond?

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What is Religism?  |  March 6, 2012
Is religism a problem in the church? What does the word mean? Does this video contain an important message in it that we should take seriously? What are the dangers of defining religism as "Bible-based bigotry"?

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God as author? Analyzing the process of writing a fiction story tells us something about the way God interacts with us, His creatures. Can the characters of a story act in a way that is contrary to their nature? Can we?

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God's love is truly a love in action. Both in the Scripture and in our experiences, we can see that God protects us and proactively moves against the things that endanger us.

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Sometimes it can feel like contentment is totally out of reach. What does it mean to be content? Can a human being truly find happiness in this life? What does the Bible say about contentment? Is the world's way of finding happiness viable?

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What Does it Mean to Be in Love?  |  February 7, 2012
Eros is clearly different from the other loves. It stands alone. It must have been created by God to teach us something specific about God. But what? What is the purpose of Eros love? Why did God create it?

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Passion, Emotion, and Mr. Spock  |  January 31, 2012
What is the difference between passion and emotion? Does controlling one mean eliminating the other? Does God have emotions if He is a spiritual being? Does that mean that emotions are something more than chemical reactions?

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Speaking the truth in love is sometimes very difficult to do. You want to be bold, but you don't want to cause offense. And when the conversation is online, it gets even more complicated.

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What does it mean that Jesus was tempted in the same way that we are tempted? Jesus was sinless, so how could He feel temptation to sin? Was temptation just not painful for Jesus? Was it not as hard for Him to resist?

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The Bible and Being Gay  |  January 24, 2012
What does God really say about homosexuality? This controversial issue offends unbelievers and confuses Christians. But what is the truth? Is being gay a sin according to the Bible? What does the Bible say about being gay?

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How important is compatibility in a marriage? What does it mean to have an "I and You" relationship? What if you and your spouse are not compatible at all? Is bailing out the best option?

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Confused yet? Religion on the internet (and most places these days) is just a series of platitudes and opinions. Can we afford to be vague when it comes to truth? What's at stake?

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Does God want us to think positive thoughts? What kinds of things does the Bible recommend we dwell on? What does it mean to set our minds on things above?

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What Does God Require?  |  October 6, 2011
What does God require from man? Is the Bible just a book of rules and regulations that we have to follow or else? What is the purpose of all those laws? And what happens when we don't follow them?

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God taught me a lesson using fear, and the Bible began to look more like a necessity than an option. Sometimes we have to learn things the hard way.

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Anxiety and the Bible: Circumstances  |  September 28, 2011
I was dealing with anxiety, and the Bible was falling by the wayside. When I stopped talking to God and stopped hearing from Him in His Word, I started to see everything through storm-colored glasses.

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If you are a Christian who is feeling stress, and the Bible is just causing more stress instead of providing comfort, there might be a deeper problem. Read this, remember the Gospel, and say goodbye to stress.

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God and Depression: The Swamp of Sadness  |  September 16, 2011
Some people think that God and depression are mutually exclusive, or that Christians don't get depressed. But Christians do get depressed, and thankfully, God has provided a way of getting out of the swamp of sadness.

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God and Anger  |  September 15, 2011
Thoughts about God and anger. My journey into a dark place and out again began with anger. Read about the choices I made and avoid making them yourself.

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Christian rappers like Shai Linne are talking about God's glory, and rejecting the man-centered musical trends. Should Christian music be about style, or about content?

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If you've ever been lied to or hurt by a church leader or another believer, you'll know how discouraging it can be. If problems at church are burning you out, take a look at these four practical ways to live through the battle.

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Catholics assume that the doctrine of purgatory is true, but the Bible says that all our sins are eliminated on the cross. What was the point of Jesus' death if we have to continue to pay for our sins after we die?

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The Protestant Catholic conflict has been in existence for ages. But is there any real reason for it? Don't Catholics and Protestants believe the same thing? When it comes to the gospel, the truth is, they don't.

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Is a spiritual guilt trip keeping you from enjoying your Christian walk? Find out how to stop the cycle, and have freedom from the feeling that you aren't good enough to get God's love and grace.

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A story in Mark shows that sometimes the truest humility is bold and shameless. Prayer shouldn't be based on shame and guilt, but rather it should be an expression of honest desire and a knowledge of God's power.

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Some people feel guilt more than others, but we've all sinned, and so we're all guilty before God. How can a person escape the feeling and the reality of a guilty conscience? There's only one way to be free from guilt.

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When you ask how to be a good Christian, are you asking because you think that being good will get you to Heaven? Only God is good, and His creatures are totally dependent on His goodness for their eternal salvation.

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Does it seem strange to you that Jesus wept? Why would the God of the universe allow Himself to feel pain? How should we look at our own emotions, knowing that Jesus, who was sinless, shed tears?

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Regretting is painful. Our mistakes and the consequences of those mistakes can haunt us for years. Is there any way to break the pattern of regret? How do we move on? How does God help us?

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Is right and wrong an archaic idea? Are good and evil simply defined by pleasure and pain? Or is there more to it? Where do we get our definitions of good and evil?

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What is the difference between trusting God and believing in Him? How important is it for you to trust God entirely? What does it mean to trust God?

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You want to get rid of your sins? Before you start tugging at those bootstraps, or telling yourself it is impossible, take a look at the cure Jesus prescribed.

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The life of a martial arts master is tough, and takes commitment. Do we, as Christians, have the same dedication to our way of life?

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Tired of trying to climb the ladder? The world has its ideas of success and failure, and some of us just don't measure up. What are God's standards for success? Have we failed in His eyes too?

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Sometimes, as we are following Jesus, He walks on water and we hesitate on the shore. But He has promised to provide a sure place for our feet. Following Him might be scary, but it's always the safest road.

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Get a [New] Life  |  April 21, 2011
Ever feel like you need a whole new life? This feeling of disappointment in your life or yourself is very common. But what is the solution? How can life become meaningful again?

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