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Life’s Challenges

When death seems to win

This year I’m really struggling with writing about Easter. For me that’s pretty weird, because I love Easter. I love Jesus. I love that…

Life’s Challenges

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…

Who is God?

Easy for God

The battles of the Bible make me laugh. Just when I’m expecting some Saving Private Ryan/Braveheart/Lord of the Rings epic conflict, God shows up…

Life’s Challenges

The prayer of a struggling believer

Father, I’m struggling right now. My heart is heavy, and I don’t even fully understand what I’m feeling. I know I’ve messed up. I’ve…

Prayer

Sounds like a prayer to me

Lord, I don’t even know where to begin. I’m not sure how it all started or how to pick up the pieces of my…

Life’s Challenges

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…

Living My Faith

Take the Baptism plunge

When I lived in the Milwaukee area, headline news on New Year’s Day announced the annual Polar Plunge. Every year people brave the frigid…

Depression & Anxiety

Keep an eye on your neighbor

Just a few days before Thanksgiving, one state’s governor faced severe backlash when she suggested that people should keep an eye on their neighbors—and…

Depression & Anxiety

God’s To-Do List for Depression

When we’re depressed, sometimes we naively think that if we just go to church, just sing the right song, or just say the right prayer, our depression will go away. But God’s to-do list for depression isn’t something he’s commanding us to do; it’s something he himself is getting done. Pastor Mike looks to a 3,000-year-old psalm to find how God is helping.

Life’s Challenges

Rest for the weary

The year 2020 has been wearisome. I don’t know that I’ve gotten more or less sleep, but politics and the pandemic have left me…

Life’s Challenges

I’m not what I used to be

When you’re young, life’s possibilities seem endless. You may be broke, indebted even, but you’ve got time. Plenty of time. You’ve got energy to…

Life’s Challenges

When saying “Thanks!” is hard

I got the text while I was at work. “We can’t come,” it read. Oh no. The visit we had been looking forward to…