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Life’s Challenges

Deadly sins new and old: Gambling

Okay, Okay, gambling in and of itself does not belong in a list of deadly sins. You can search the Bible from cover to…

Taboo

Don’t let porn become corona’s pandemic

I wish the pastor’s text was wrong about porn. A colleague of mine shared some recent data about the correlation between cases of the…

Life’s Challenges

Coronavirus: The marathon you didn’t sign up for

The Corona 5K officially turned into a marathon. I could almost see the finish line of my 14-day, post-Israel self-quarantine when the news dropped….

Living My Faith

Beware of the satanic three-step

A number of years ago, I heard Christian biologist Dr. David Menton give a presentation in which he described the satanic three-step. It’s a…

Social Issues

Don’t Fight Idolatry Alone

Just because something’s normal doesn’t mean it’s good or right. So how do you know what’s right? Pastor James has a practical tip for you. We opened the vault and are bringing you this throwback series that first aired in 2016!

Life’s Challenges

Restored to normal

When you look at Jesus’ miracles recorded in the New Testament, they all have one thing in common. They all restored what sin had…

Life’s Challenges

Do something!

Psychologists, substance abuse counselors, and social workers have a last-ditch strategy when helping someone out of destructive behaviors seems to have hit a brick…

Life’s Challenges

The best way to begin your day

Each morning our bodies instinctively strive for harmony. Psychologists call this homeostasis, or equilibrium. For example, if we wake up tired, we reach for…

Living My Faith

A Fresh Start: For Your Body

This message takes us back to the beginning, to physical life as God intended, and reminds us of the Father who gave us life and wants only what is best for his kids. In addition, it reminds us of the “image of God” that we have through Jesus, a spiritual reality that gives even our bodies peace and rest.

Life’s Challenges

This Needs to Be on Your To-Do List

It’s okay to have your to-do list for this busy Christmas season. But don’t forget to add “repent” to that list. What exactly does it even mean to repent? Pastor Jon explains.

Social Issues

Social media, smartphones, and our spiritual health

2007 changed everything. In 2007 Facebook left college campuses and broke out into the rest of the world. In 2007 Twitter became its own…

Life’s Challenges

Addiction, recovery, and the church

A few months ago, my coworker Pastor Bill met with our city’s mayor. Pastor Bill asked him what the most critical issues in the…