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Life’s Challenges

Not the end

Our hearts tell us that death is loss. A body buried can no longer taste a ripe tomato, smell the rain, entwine someone’s dear…

Bible 101

Let’s make heaven crowded!

Recently, every member of my family got sick. It was an awful, helpless feeling watching my kids burning with fevers and coughing so hard…

Life’s Challenges

Your name in the book of life

I have a vivid memory from the late 80s of two people sitting at our kitchen table—my mom and Bob. I can hear those…

Life’s Challenges

Dealing with Death

At most Christian funerals, the peace-filled words of Psalm 23 are spoken: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (verse 1 ESV)….

Living My Faith

Faith up close

I love seeing faith up close. A while back, I received a kind invitation from the wife of a dying man. She correctly guessed…

Living My Faith

God still has work for you

My friend Donna was recently taken home to be with Jesus. For years she struggled with infections that trapped her in a dizzying pattern…

Life’s Challenges

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

Remember what God said

Sports fans nervously pace the room when their favorite team is losing. But when the team pulls out a last-second win, they get pumped….

Life’s Challenges

At the empty tomb with Mary—Part 3

“Jesus said to her, ‘Mary’” (John 20:16). The Word made flesh holds the power to create from nothing, but with a gentle breath, he…

Life’s Challenges

At the empty tomb with Mary—Part 2

“At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, ‘Woman, why…

Life’s Challenges

At the empty tomb with Mary—Part 1

“When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven…

Living My Faith

Find a reason to believe

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the…