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Growing in Gratitude

Are You a Thankful Person?   We are told often to count our blessings...but true biblical gratitude is much more than this. Learn what hinders you from growing in true gratitude.   Discover the joy of a thankful heart.   Request Growing in Gratitude by Mary K. Mohler with your generous…

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Mike Fabarez

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As I counsel people, I find that often one thing seems to be an issue in their lives…lack of gratitude. A lack of being thankful for what we have rather than focusing on what we don’t causes so much grief. It leads to dissatisfaction with work, marital problems and other relationship issues.


Gratitude and thankfulness can lead to a sense of contentment, that helps fight off the “I’m not happy” mentality that is so prevalent in our culture. We want everything our way and we want it now.


But when we focus on what God has so graciously provided us already, we change our focus and this changes our outlook. It is not a cure-all, but it is a biblical way to start growing in contentment and leading to a more joy-filled life.

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The afterlife seems like the great unknown. Human imagination and Hollywood have come up with many speculations about what lies beyond. How can we set aside the misconceptions and find the truth?


What are the straightforward, biblical answers everyone needs to know about heaven, hell, and the afterlife? Mike Fabarez examines 10 faulty beliefs that are surprisingly widespread—and look to God’s Word alone for the facts. You will find the truth about common misperceptions like:


  • When I die, I’ll go to sleep until the resurrection
  • On my way to heaven I’ll have to put in some time in purgatory
  • Heaven will be boring with very little to do

You don’t need to guess about the future—God’s Word is ready to inform your mind and settle your heart. Let this book guide you toward a deeper joy, faith, and understanding of eternity.

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About Pastor Mike

Mike Fabarez is the founding pastor of Compass Bible Church in South Orange County, California and has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years. He is committed to clearly communicating God’s word verse-by-verse and encourages his listeners to apply what they have learned to their daily lives. Pastor Mike is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Talbot School of Theology (M.A.) and Westminster Theological Seminary in California (D.Min.). Mike and his wife, Carlynn, reside in Laguna Hills, California and they have three children, Matthew, John and Stephanie.

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