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Life’s Challenges

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” We have a Savior who knows our struggles and knows our pain, and he will give us the strength to persevere and trust his will for us.

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Life’s Challenges

The rock that is higher

In northeastern Wyoming, a monolithic rock formation called Devil’s Tower rises 867 feet out of the dry and flat land. You can see it…

Life’s Challenges

Temporary shame

While shame is a good thing (Jeremiah 6:15), God doesn’t want it to last too long. Just ask Eve. A few summers ago, I…

Life’s Challenges

Hope for the future

I just love it when my seed catalogs arrive in the mail this time of year! I like to take a day—in the deepest,…

Depression & Anxiety

Plug in to the power source

A young man was studying to be a pastor when he learned that his brother had been killed. He felt he should be able…

Bible 101

3 essential verses if you feel ashamed

If you frequently feel shame, that humiliation over your sins that makes you feel like you don’t belong and that you need to hide,…

Depression & Anxiety

Jesus is with you

Times are hard. These words of Psalm 60 may just roll off your tongue: “You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you…

Friends & Family

What the dying would have done differently

A few years ago, Bronnie Ware, an Australian author, wrote a book about her experiences in listening to dying people. As she dialogued with…

Friends & Family

Drug court wisdom

The other day I was in a courtroom to offer encouragement to a friend facing serious legal charges for her drug-related decisions. The judge,…

Life’s Challenges

Good cuts from an expert

A diamond needs to be cut in order to achieve its greatest beauty. That kind of seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? How can cutting a…

Life’s Challenges

Pray the psalms

“Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me! Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek…

Life’s Challenges

Whom he walked toward

The miracle of Peter walking on water always amazed me. I wondered what it must have been like for him to take that first…

Life’s Challenges

Pray for God’s justice

One of the beautiful things about biblical writing is that it does not whitewash human thought processes. Even amongst those who wrote under God’s…