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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…

Friends & Family

Helping each other up

I was running on a treadmill across the gym from a weight-lifting club. (I used voice-to-text to get my devotional thoughts down on my…

Living My Faith

Bringing light to the world

Last year at a Little League championship game, 12-year-old Kaiden Shelton threw a pitch that hit Isaiah Jarvis in the head. Isaiah fell to…

Living My Faith

Being persistent, not stubborn

Today I want to talk to all the dreamers out there. I don’t mean the nighttime dreamers; I mean the other kind. If you…

Life’s Challenges

You’re not alone in life’s storms

In my young adult years, unshakable faith came easy. But recently—maybe because of an awareness of so many seemingly impossible situations or maybe because…

Life’s Challenges

Learning to let go

When my son was born, he caught a cold in the hospital just before coming home. His little nostrils were plugged, and his breathing…

Life’s Challenges

Thorns are good?

“Why did this happen to me? Why is life always such a struggle? I’m tired of the battles with myself and with everyone else….

Who is God?

The moment I almost lost my faith

The religious rug was pulled out from under my feet. In the middle of my studies to become a pastor, I somehow stumbled onto…