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Life’s Challenges

Preparing for the storm

My Florida friends spent last week preparing for Hurricane Ian. Some reinforced windows in their homes. Another packed up a bunch of her possessions…

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Ask questions; state God’s truth

Sad things have been on my mind. A high school friend said goodbye to his wife after her long battle with cancer, and someone…

Life’s Challenges

Sober eyes

The addiction recovery group at my church has dubbed itself “Sober Eyes.” It was started by a recovering addict. He knew other addicts who…

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Follow Jesus in weakness

“Pastor,” the woman on the phone said, “I need you to stop by the house as soon as possible. It’s very urgent.”  “What’s wrong?”…

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The Lord will be your confidence

The Israelite army was afraid. In fact, King “Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified” (1 Samuel 17:11) because of the giant…

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A long obedience

“Fat” is a label that many of us put on ourselves without having any help from the peanut gallery of body-shamers. We can’t hide…

Friends & Family

Let’s talk about sex (and God)

“So, what did your parents teach you about sex?” one of my friends asked a mutual friend as we devoured pizza on his back…

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Why do I keep overeating?

In grade school, I was the fat kid. I don’t know how else to say it, but I was the catcher from the movie…

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Get out of Satan’s mouth

The apostle Peter warned, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). A good…

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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…

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When Christmas is hard

Is it hard for you to sing the song “Joy to the World” right now? Maybe you’re facing a layoff or handling a family…