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Life’s Challenges

Thankful for the thorn

“I begged the Lord three times to take it away from me. But he told me: ‘My kindness is all you need. My power…

Life’s Challenges

Forget about it!

Looking back can be dangerous. Once unthinkable, Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile on May 6, 1954. Forty-six days later, John Landy broke Bannister’s…

Life’s Challenges

A long obedience

“Fat” is a label that many of us put on ourselves without having any help from the peanut gallery of body-shamers. We can’t hide…

Life’s Challenges

SLOPPY!

My light almost went out in first grade. For some reason, I never went to kindergarten. If you read Robert Fulghum’s poem “All I…

Life’s Challenges

Counterculture

When you talk to baby boomers about their high school and college days, they may get a dreamy look in their eyes as they…

Life’s Challenges

wRESTle

If I’m honest, the list of things that have caught me by surprise in the past 18 months is pretty extensive. While I tend…

Friends & Family

Let’s talk about sex (and God)

“So, what did your parents teach you about sex?” one of my friends asked a mutual friend as we devoured pizza on his back…

Life’s Challenges

Audience to the King

It will break a king’s heart if there is an injustice within his kingdom that he doesn’t know about. King David knew that. He…

Life’s Challenges

4 kinds of sins (and the 1 God prefers)

If you’re going to sin against God, make sure you sin against him in the right way. Obviously, God doesn’t want you to sin…

Friends & Family

Forgive and learn

Perhaps you’re familiar with the saying “forgive and forget.” This concept takes its cue from God’s Word in Jeremiah 31:34: “I will forgive their…

Life’s Challenges

The thing you need more than more time

I had a light bulb spiritual moment the other day. My friend and I were reflecting on the past summer, sharing struggles and spiritual…

Depression & Anxiety

It’s a scam

This summer, a Wisconsin woman answered her phone. A scammer claimed to be from the Social Security Administration and told the woman she would…