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Family and friends—we love them! . . . but sometimes it’s not so easy to love them. What does God say about being a parent, family dysfunction, happy marriages, divorce, difficult people, forgiveness, and much more?

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How Can I Be More Loving?

Where is one of the greatest places to grow in love? Pastor Mike’s answer may surprise you.

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You get the gold

In 2018, for the first time in 20 years, the U.S. women’s hockey team earned a gold medal. Now, I’m a sap for just…

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Laugh a little

Life can be so serious. There’s a lot of important stuff going on, important things we need to be doing, and important matters we…

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A father who broke the rules

I’m a rule keeper. A rule giver. That’s a confession more than a boast.  I reflect on the many rules I laid down for…

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Dear Dad

Dear Dad, I miss you every day. Your prayer rings in my ears: “Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord” (Psalm 130:1)….

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A compassionate Father

There have been bad parents ever since sin grew roots in the Garden of Eden. Parents who get more pleasure from a private vice…

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Being a Friend Can Get Messy

It can get messy when you follow Jesus and call out your loved ones. But Pastor Jon encourages, don’t be afraid of the mess.

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Two tips for church

If you’re part of a local gathering of Christians, how could you make your church even better? Paul encourages growth when he writes, “Brothers…

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Choose your own adventure with God this summer

If your Bible reading has sloughed a little these last weeks (er, months), Haggai is the perfect book to get you back into it….

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Known and loved

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A guy in a suit and tie walks into a bar; everyone in the place turns…

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The faces of Mom and Dad

Picture your parents in your mind’s eye. In all that you see, do you also envision the face of God superimposed over theirs? In…

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Dear Mom

Dear Mom, I miss you every day. Your motto rings in my ears: “Put on the full armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11). I appreciate…