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Life’s Challenges

Take the best of 2020 into 2021

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” If we didn’t know better, we might think Charles Dickens was referring…

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Punishment pays for your sin

At Sensō-ji, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, there’s a shrine to Kume no Heinai. An expert swordsman of the 17th century, Kume killed…

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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…

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3 words that will change your election-year fear

The year 2020, it appears, is the year of fear. As I write these words, there’s no emotion that seems to have gripped more…

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Why am I still broken?

Perhaps you’ve heard church sermons portraying how wonderful the Christian life is. Perhaps you’ve heard thrilling testimonies from people whose lives were transformed by…

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Refreshments

There’s a phrase in the English language that’s better than most things one can hear in life. I’m speaking, of course, of the statement:…

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Watching the nation burn

Wildfires have been raging across the Northwest. Smoke from those fires has been altering the weather for a long time now in Idaho where…

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A proper lament

My teenage son recently joined the ranks of those who can be given the moniker “Brace Face”—the world of orthodontia. This is a painful…

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Solomon’s healthy perspective

Way before COVID-19 messed with our way of life, King Solomon looked at everything “under the sun” and said that it was all hevel,…

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Hey, friend, it’ll be alright

I was streaming a playlist when a phrase I’d heard a million times hit me like a cool breeze on a hot day. And…

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The problem with coping mechanisms

Each day seems to bring a new announcement or policy concerning the pandemic that challenges our normal way of life. At the church where…

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Where are you, Lord?

How you can you live with the disconnect? You know what I mean—the gap between what God’s Word promises you and what you see…