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Can You Use a Virtual Address for a Business Bank Account?
Most if not all aspects of running a business can be done anywhere these days, but one lingering question remains for many location-free entrepreneurs: Can I open a bank account without a physical address? Can I use a virtual address for a bank account? Is that a thing?
Risking Rejection to Love Like Jesus
Psalm 13:5 says, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” Even if I get hurt, I know my worth rests in God’s love, not in what others think of me. God sent His Son to die for me. He thinks I’m worth dying for, no matter how many times I forget or reject Him.
Guard Against Deception by Knowing the Bible
Studying the Bible as well as apply it to your life isn’t easy. It takes a commitment and discipline many of us would rather avoid. But it’s worth the effort because knowing what God means and says through the Bible will help you guard against deception.
Counting the Cost and Following Through
I’m learning if I tell myself the truth about why I started a task and count the cost of not finishing (versus what I’ll gain from following through), it will make me that much stronger to resist the temptation to give up.
Trusting God When I Don’t Know Every Detail
In his sermon Providence Made Practical, Chuck Swindoll says what I’m actually wrestling with is God’s providence. What I think is a desire to see the big picture is really motivated by selfishness, fear, and pride. Can I live with not knowing every detail? Can I find peace without having complete knowledge? I have a lot of questions about God and the spiritual realm. Especially when I think about what’s to come after this life.
God the Father
Having an imperfect dad does not make God less perfect (Matthew 5:48), and even if you haven’t experienced God's love through an earthly parent it doesn’t change the fact that God’s love is perfect and He is your Heavenly Father (1 John 4:7–8).
Three Easy Ways to Make a Wise Decision
As Christians, we believe this world is temporary and Christ’s return is imminent. Our life choices, then, become that much more important—we want to live lives of meaning, yet know there’s so much more to come. It can be difficult to balance the here and now with what’s next, but the good news is God has already given us the tools we need to make a wise decision. Here are three ways I’ve learned to focus on what really matters when the act of making decisions threatens to keep me up at night.
There’s nothing wrong with dividing up your life into pieces and sometimes emotions need to be dealt with at a later time, once you’ve gained perspective or gone for help. But know that God wants to be a part of your everyday life—not just when we need help, or on Sundays. He is concerned about every part of us and wants us to give our lives fully to Him.
Balancing between Today and Tomorrow
While we know we shouldn’t live in the past, things get confusing when these ideas about the present are contrasted with the words of John 12:25, John 17:16, or Luke 21:33. Instead of encouraging us to live each day to the fullest, they teach us not be too attached to our world or our lives here, because they are temporary. So, what are we supposed to focus on—our present or our future?
Trusting someone else to get you through an obstacle course you can’t see is uncomfortable, scary, and difficult. Why bother playing when you can just avoid the blindfold and potential pain altogether?
What Happens When We Live God’s Way?
In good times, spiritual fruits like affection for others, exuberance about life, and serenity are perhaps a little easier to come by. We’re happier and therefore demonstrate love for others and feel both calm and excited about the future. However, when times aren’t so good, our natural response is to look for ways to protect ourselves. We look inward and stop noticing others. We feel fear so we stop looking forward to the future.
How to Stay Rooted in Your Faith
The parable of the farmer scattering seed found in Matthew 13 teaches Christians the importance of growing deep so we can stay rooted in our faith when the storms of life come. If you’ve ever faced tough times in your faith life then you understand the importance of having a close, personal relationship with Christ. Here are six ways to stay rooted and grow in your faith.
How to Recognize When People are Suffering
For many of us, our busy schedules filled with appointments and obligations keep us occupied to the brink of breakdown. We don’t have time for self-reflection or to take note of triggers and internal alarm bells telling us we’re not OK. And if we don’t have time to notice our own internal struggles how will we ever see when others are taking a wrong turn? How do we recognize when people are suffering around us? Here are a few suggestions.
Buried in Stuff
Chuck Swindoll says God wants us to live abundantly—and challenges us to remember this every day. We all know this life doesn’t last long (best described in James 4:13-17) so my challenge to myself and to you is to live life to the fullest. Let’s take care of our stuff.
Not Knowing Why
I find it easy to have grace for others when I understand their motives behind questionable actions. But what about when there isn’t an explanation, can I accept that and offer grace anyway? In order to treat people with the same grace I’ve received it can’t be conditional. “I’ll show you grace if...” or “I’ll show you grace when....” Grace doesn’t work like that.