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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 prayer of a struggling believer

Father, I’m struggling right now. My heart is heavy, and I don’t even fully understand what I’m feeling. I know I’ve messed up. I’ve…

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Willing to wait for it?

Have you ever heard of the Stanford “marshmallow test”? A Stanford professor once offered kids a choice—They could eat a marshmallow now, or if…

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The second rule of holes

The Spirit of God gives us the energy to get out of the holes we’re in. Each message of perseverance in the Bible is…

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The first rule of holes

“Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made” (Psalm 7:15). Stubbornness is one of our failings. We…

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Standing invitations

When voices of influence contradict each other and you don’t know whom to trust, you have a standing invitation from God: “Come, my children,…

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Satan the rock climber

Ever been rock climbing? I scaled one of those fake rock walls once as a kid on a family vacation, so I’m about a…

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Ask a woman how it feels

I had no clue what it was like to be a woman until I asked some women. In my research for an upcoming sermon,…

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Backline and nonessential workers: You were made for such a time as this

A few weeks back, I read an article about the ICU staff working with COVID patients in England. The article stated that these frontline…

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Adulting is hard

I love that the verb adulting is now officially in multiple reputable dictionaries. I know you’re curious about the definition, so here’s Oxford’s: “The…

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Chased by the Shepherd

Sometimes it feels like we got away. It seems like we outmaneuvered God somehow or that circumstances we couldn’t control put us out of…

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We’re only as sick as our secrets

Over the last few years, a number of high-profile Christians have been caught in scandals. Most recently, it’s been reported that the late apologist…

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What you can’t see

Did you get to see the great conjunction on December 21? I didn’t. This was the date that Jupiter and Saturn were in the…