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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

God makes our sufferings work for us

Nobody escapes suffering. We are all hurting to some degree right now . . . some of us are in terrible pain. But do…

Life’s Challenges

Bitter setbacks

History when written by amateurs can always be made to look inevitable. Earnest college essays often include phrases like “the North was destined to…

Life’s Challenges

Respect is better than money

It is interesting to hear King Solomon talk about money. On the one hand, you’d think he was in no position to talk about…

Life’s Challenges

It’s okay to build wealth

The economic stress of the last decade or two has taken a toll on us all. Everyone suffered losses in the last ten years….

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A perfectly good faith

“To the faithful you show yourself faithful” (Psalm 18:25). When I was counseling Christian teenagers, some troubling concerns brought them to my office. Concerns…

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Not the same

Since 2013, I’ve worked as an elderly companion. While caring for my first client, I met a lively British lady who lived through WWII….

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Where do I go with my doubts?

Can you actually admit it when you have doubts about your faith, or are you too ashamed? Do you have to keep quiet so…

Life’s Challenges

Spring in our steps with God

The groundhog never saw this one coming. Longest. Winter. Ever. I live in Wisconsin; we Midwesterners are used to being stuck inside over the…

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I have many fears, Lord

Everybody lives with fears. Even tough guys have fears. Which are yours? Are you afraid of being laid off at work? personal bankruptcy? family…

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Not safer at home

Not everyone is safer at home. In the U.S. more than 10 million people are victims of intimate partner physical violence each year—an average…

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When it’s time to let go

How good are you at letting go? Sometimes, despite my best efforts, I worry about what’s to come. I think we’re all feeling some…

Life’s Challenges

Where do I go with my fears?

What a blessing digital media is! I can share information instantaneously with my friends and family and coworkers with a few mouse clicks. The…