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Life’s Challenges

The rope of hope

I recently bought a 150-foot rope on Amazon and wrapped a tiny piece of black tape around the first inch of it. That might…

Living My Faith

What are you thankful for?

Let me set the scene for you. Thanksgiving Day. After having their hands slapped a few times in failed food-snitching attempts, the family finally…

Life’s Challenges

Jesus: The sequel

Recently, our family watched a blockbuster sequel movie online. The movie was . . . not good. Sequels often don’t live up to the…

Living My Faith

3 steps for talking about Jesus

As a writer, I’ve often heard the advice to KISS—Keep It Simple, Stupid. So today I’m keeping it simple about a topic we tend…

Life’s Challenges

Tune your ears to hope

Back in 1982, the Wisconsin Badgers played Michigan State in a Big Ten football game on the same day the Milwaukee Brewers played the…

Life’s Challenges

What scale are you using?

I stepped on the corner of our scale in the dark, and the plastic foot broke. Great. No woman really wants to confess that…

Who is God?

A crash test dummy’s guide to reading the Bible

It seems to me that when a car manufacturer creates a new car model, there are two very important teams that participate in the…

Friends & Family

Jesus sticks close

I was preparing to teach a message about choosing friends wisely when I had a scary thought—Would Jesus want to be friends with me?…

Living My Faith

Using your time even better

Pastor Mike’s latest sermon series may challenge you a bit. It changed my perspective. Maybe you, like me, tend to justify the way you…

Life’s Challenges

Assigned reading

It feels like a grueling reading assignment. Ever had one of those?  You have to finish the book. Not by your choice. No, your…

Living My Faith

You are what you look at

“The eye is the lamp of the body.” This strange image comes from Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7, specifically 6:22). He…

Life’s Challenges

Hope will not be canceled

2020 was the year of the cancellation. Vacations were canceled. Sports seasons were canceled. Conferences were canceled. The coronavirus meant that nearly everything was…