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Depression & Anxiety

Depression and Anxiety: Does God Hear My Prayers?

Do you ever feel like God isn’t listening to your prayers as you grapple with depression?

Life’s Challenges

Rockin’ to the oldies

My apologies to any of you who don’t have oldies yet. You will. I think often of my former students who are trapped in…

Bible 101

Understanding the Gospels

In this series, Pastor Ben gives us an overview of how to read the Gospels—the four books about Jesus’ life—to help us understand Jesus and what he did for us.

Bible 101

How to Understand the Gospels: But Just Why Was Jesus Killed?

What made Jesus so controversial that he was killed? Didn’t he heal the sick and take care of the poor?

Living My Faith

Don’t be a troll

Do you know about troll farms? Until recently, I lived in blissful ignorance. But then I learned how thousands and thousands of people in…

Living My Faith

Showing up

Woody Allen is credited with saying, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” If you check other sources, he might also have said that…

Living My Faith

Help Me Have More: Joy

We all strive for happiness and make decisions on what we think will bring us joy. This feat is even more challenging considering that, according to God, there are three different kinds of joy to be had. But only one of them really works. Pastor Mike takes us through the different joys and shares how to have the greatest, everlasting joy.

Living My Faith

YOU are the moon

“You are the light of the world.” If Jesus didn’t say it, we might think it was false teaching. But he did say it…

Living My Faith

Help Me Have More: Kindness

Kindness. Our culture seems infatuated with it as we all preach kindness. Yet it’s often difficult to be kind because kindness comes at a cost to us. What does it take to transform our hearts into making us the kind, loving people God calls us to be? The answer, Pastor Mike says, starts with remembering this.

Life’s Challenges

Skeptical Faith: God Loves Science?

How do we reconcile the tension of science and religion? What are we supposed to do when we feel like we need to walk away from Jesus for the sake of hard evidence? Pastor Mike gives us five compelling ideas to remind us that, according to the Bible, we don’t need to choose between head and heart.

Living My Faith

Do nothing when you need to

When I couldn’t work because of disabling back pain, I learned a difficult lesson. Sometimes we just need to do nothing. I still feel…

Living My Faith

Let there be lights

A few years back, our family took a tour through Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. At one point in a deep, open part of the…