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Living a Christian Life

The apostle Paul told Timothy to lead a Christian life by pursuing “righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses” (1 Tim. 6:11-12, NLT).

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Stuart Briscoe has often told the story of asking someone what they do, only to hear the reply, “I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ cleverly disguised as a stockbroker.” The point of the story is that “disciple” should be our primary profession. When we choose to follow Jesus, we are promising to make Him our teacher, our guide, our example. 

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From the word disciple we get the word discipline, and spiritual disciplines are practices that we incorporate into our lives to become more like Jesus. They include, among others, Bible study, prayer, worship, fellowship, sharing our faith and serving others. Making those habits part of our daily life is what helps us maintain our walk with Jesus even when life throws us curveballs. 

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When you face personal challenges, unexpected transitions or other disappointments, you may find yourself drifting away from Jesus or having doubts about your faith. There may be times when you are challenged by unanswered prayers, difficult relationships, health issues, or personal tragedies. You may feel overwhelmed by worry, stress, or fear.

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But just as heat and pressure can turn carbon into diamonds, God can turn our difficulties into sparkling jewels that reflect His light and bring Him glory. As Paul wrote to the Roman church, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love” (Rom. 5:3-5, NLT).

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The Christian life is not always easy. We may find ourselves at odds with the culture around us. We may even be disappointed by fellow Christians. And just like Jesus’ first disciples, we make mistakes; our sinful nature gets in the way of our best intentions. If you find yourself getting off track, take assessment of your spiritual health. Maybe you need to make time for soul care, to regain your life balance, or to find joy and purpose again.

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From Our Heart to Yours

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Welcome to Just Between Us!

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Our everyday life section is a rich resource to help you address the various aspects of daily living from a Christian perspective. With a wide range of topics, including home and family, culture, spiritual health, self-care, and more, this section offers practical guidance, insightful articles, and tips to aid you in navigating the challenges and joys of daily life. From managing time and resources to finding balance in work, family, and personal pursuits, it will provide you encouragement and inspiration to live purposefully and intentionally.

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We pray that this section equips you with practical tools, valuable insights, and biblical principles to help you live your life with wisdom, grace, and faith. Together, let's navigate life's twists and turns, share our stories, and discover the abundant life that God has in store for each of us.

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Blessings, 

The Just Between Us Team