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When people think about “sowing and reaping,” they often think about money. But this biblical concept applies to every area of our lives. For instance, if we sow unforgiveness and selfishness into our relationships, we’ll reap those things back. And if we consume harmful foods and forfeit exercise, we’ll acquire unhealthy bodies. In essence, there are consequences to everything that we do (and don’t do). Nothing in our lives happens by chance.
MOST CHRISTIANS recognize the importance of obeying God. But, often times, we struggle with obeying God in all areas of our lives. If we’re honest –– which I think we can be –– it’s like practicing piecemeal Christianity. We give God “a piece” of obedience over here (when it feels good), and withhold “a piece” of obedience over there (when it doesn’t feel good). The fact is: Partial obedience is disobedience. And, both obedience and disobedience come with life-changing consequences.
This issue of CALLED Magazine strengthens our ability to obey God –– in every area of our lives. Lord knows, I have my weaker days ... but there comes a point when we should be strong enough, mature enough, and faithful enough to obey God, despite our weaknesses.
In her cover interview, Gloria Copeland (page 30) admits that submitting to God’s Word requires a great deal of discipline. However, she encourages, “In the end, obeying God doesn’t cost. It pays.” Consequently, even when we don’t feel like it, we must offer Forgiveness (page 36), redirect our Negative Thoughts (page 14), and accept God’s Redemption (page 52) –– because that’s what God desires!
It’s time to embrace that Successful Women Think Differently (page 40). They obey God in their marital relationships (page 26), financial decisions (page 22), and even when they’re deciding who to marry (page 60). Most importantly, successful women recognize that obeying God requires that we trust Him.
In the words of biblical scholar Paul Enns, Everything Happens for a Reason (page 48) –– including this thought-provoking, spiritually-tugging issue of CALLED Magazine. So, lets exchange “piecemeal” obedience for total obedience.
On Our Cover
Gloria Copeland — a renowned Bible teacher, bestselling author, co-founder of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, and co-host of Believers’ Voice of Victory broadcast. Her Healing School has facilitated emotional and physical wholeness for people worldwide.
Financing Your Ministry read article
If you're ready to face the “not-so-pretty truth” and charge forward with your calling, these tips will help you fund your ministry.
Roommates or Soul Mates?
You can revive a flat (or flatlined) marriage by taking the initiative. Don’t wait for "that lovin’ feeling" to return, or for your husband to act first.
Gloria Copeland read article
When it comes to obeying God, fear will try to dominate your faith. But, Gloria Copeland’s interview delivers an insightful message that will give you strength and inspiration.
Forgiveness read article
Are you struggling to forgive someone who deeply hurt you? If so, it’s time to strip away the weight of unforgiveness. Here are seven things you must do.
Successful Women Think Differently
Consider these five traits that are characteristics of resilient women. You, too, can apply them –– and change your life by changing the way you deal with adversity.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Negative Thoughts read article
Discover how replacing negative thoughts with positive ones can lower your susceptibility to depression, distress, the common cold, and cardiovascular disease.
FOOD & HOSTING
Light & Tasty Salads
For the woman “on the go,” these recipes are simple to make ... and easy to take!
SPIRIT & SOUL
Confessions of a Control Freak read article
None of us should individually run the show –– not even an overzealous control freak! When we accept that, we gain the ability to live a peaceful (rather than exhausting) life.
Healing from Domestic Violence read article
If you, or someone you know, have experienced domestic abuse, there is hope.
Everything Happens for a Reason read article
We don’t understand everything that happens, especially to God’s people. However, the answers to these common, understandable, and complex questions offer some clarity.
Redemption read article
Kasey Van Norman is a compelling Bible teacher who bounced back from rape, a suicide attempt, and infidelity. Her story of redemption will compel you to help others by sharing your past, instead of remaining a prisoner to it.
Christians in Hollywood
For award-winning actress Naima Lett and producer Danita Patterson, Hollywood is a mission field. They are bringing spiritual light to a place known for its darkness, and helping other Christians in Hollywood do the same.
MARRIAGE & FAMILY
Single Women read article
Before you get married, consider these nuggets of wisdom from bestselling author Sheri Rose Shepherd. They’ll help you know when (and when not!) to say “I do.”
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Called for CALLED, Publisher Marsha DuCille
What the Sisterhood is Saying
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