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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,…

Friends & Family

Your six hundred people

According to a 2013 New York Times study, you know about six hundred people. Put together your neighbors, family, friends, coworkers, church community, etc.,…

Depression & Anxiety

How to deal with anxiety (Part 5)

I loved the email I received from a fellow Christian who is doing better than ever in dealing with her anxiety. Her secret? She…

Friends & Family

Four reasons we need each other

Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? That’s not necessarily a bad question. Our heavenly Father has no grandchildren. You can’t be a…

Friends & Family

Fostering friendship leads to happiness

“If you had to make one life choice, right now, to set yourself on the path to future health and happiness, what would it…

Friends & Family

3 steps to better social connection

The health risks associated with a lack of human connection are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Yikes. That’s not good news—and there’s…

Friends & Family

Your group and more fruit

There’s an obscure but incredible reference in the Bible to the power of doing life together with other Christians. Psalm 133 says that God’s…

Bible 101

God’s weird (but beautiful) Word

Psalm 133 might be the weirdest/most beautiful analogy in the Bible. It says that living in unity with God’s people “is like precious oil…

Friends & Family

To be at peace again

Some of the most comforting verses of the Bible are found in Acts 15:36-40: Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go…

Friends & Family

You get the gold

In 2018, for the first time in 20 years, the U.S. women’s hockey team earned a gold medal. Now, I’m a sap for just…

Friends & Family

Laugh a little

Life can be so serious. There’s a lot of important stuff going on, important things we need to be doing, and important matters we…

Friends & Family

Two tips for church

If you’re part of a local gathering of Christians, how could you make your church even better? Paul encourages growth when he writes, “Brothers…