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  • Do You Take Jesus Seriously?

    July 13, 2015 — Chip Ingram

    I’ll never forget the first day I walked into Mr. Hall’s 9th grade Algebra class. Brad Star, who was my friend since junior high, was the class clown and I was his assistant. That day, Brad started up his usual antics when suddenly Mr. Hall turned to him and said sternly, Mr. Star, you are now excused! And just like that, my friend was gone.

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  • Why Developing Our Spiritual Gifts Is So Important

    July 01, 2015 — Chip Ingram

    For many Christians, there’s a lot of mystery and confusion that surrounds the spiritual gifts. Most of us have taken at least one spiritual gifts inventory, read books about spiritual gifts, and even heard sermons on the subject, yet we haven’t actually developed our gifts.

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  • How to Break Through Barriers of Personal Stagnation

    June 15, 2015 — Chip Ingram

    Life is dynamic. It is not static. All living things are either growing and increasing toward maturity, or deteriorating toward decay and death. So how about you – are you growing? Are you growing toward maturity in your relationship with God, with people, and with your family? Personal growth is normal and exciting, but it can also be difficult. It doesn’t happen without effort. At the same time, growth can also be stymied and stagnated.

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  • What is True Spirituality?

    June 01, 2015 — Chip Ingram

    These days, it seems everyone has a different explanation about what God is like and what it means to be spiritual. We live in a world of competing gods, religious systems, and hundreds of years of traditions. Yet, some of the very things sold and taught in religious institutions across the world are actually barriers to true, authentic spirituality instead of doors to a God that really exists. So how do we know what true spirituality is and how can we experience it?

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  • Where's God in the Midst of Our Most Difficult Problems?

    May 20, 2015 — Chip Ingram

    We all face adversity in life. Sometimes it’s because we make an honest mistake, or sometimes it’s because other people do things to us that hurt us. But sometimes, bad things happen to us for no apparent reason - even when we’re following God. It’s during these times we naturally cry out and ask for God to help.

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  • Discovering God's Design for Our Work

    May 05, 2015 — Chip Ingram

    Did you know that 60-80 percent of our waking hours are spent at work? Yet the majority of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs. Research tells us that most of us see our work as just a paycheck. We “live and work for the weekend.”

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  • How to Deal with the 'Angry Monster' Within

    April 22, 2015 — Chip Ingram

    What has the power to turn normal people, who on most days are good-natured and nice to be around, into people who explode in anger or shut down emotionally? It’s the same power that can turn loving parents into neck bulging, vein popping, screaming adults who say the same thing over and over into the blank stares of their kids. What is it? Our emotions.

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  • Discovering the 'Unfiltered Jesus'

    April 03, 2015 — Chip Ingram

    Nearly every weekend at Venture Christian Church, someone who’s been listening to me on the radio will meet me in person for the first time. When they see me, their reaction is almost always the same: “Pastor Chip, you don’t look anything like you sound!” Or, “You’re way taller on the radio!” One lady looked at me with disappointment and said, “I thought you were bald!”

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  • How to Speak Life to Those We Love

    March 09, 2015 — Chip Ingram

    Are you or someone you know facing a difficult situation and in desperate need of a spiritual “shot in the arm?” Most of us have been discouraged and depressed at some point in our lives, yet most of us don’t know how to bring hope to the people in our life that we care about the most.

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  • Do You Struggle with Believing that God Loves You?

    February 15, 2015 — Chip Ingram

    Most of us, in our heart of hearts, don’t believe that God loves us. We can’t fathom that the God of the universe has positive thoughts toward us moment by moment and every day. We struggle with conceptualizing the enduring, sacrificial, infinite, and unconditional love of our Heavenly Father.

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