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GOD will be here

I cringed slightly as I listened to the teenagers from our church answer this question: “What does your faith mean to you?” Because nearly…

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How does your garden grow?

When we lived in Minnesota, we had a huge garden—I’m talking 40 feet of asparagus, 20 pepper plants in pots, rhubarb, raspberries, strawberries, a…

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Worship with heart and mind

If you travel across our land and visit churches at worship from various denominations and religious tribes, you will encounter vast differences in worship…

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The spiritual-but-not-religious experiment

Do you know someone who is “spiritual but not religious”? After witnessing a thousand sex and/or stealing scandals and overhearing a million petty fights…

Life’s Challenges

Save us from success!

What do you think of Gideon? In Judges chapters 6-8, we meet a nobody named Gideon whose faith seems remarkably flawed. When Jesus appears…

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The Israelites aren’t the only ones with a problem

Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought the children of Israel were pathetic. Me too. I mean, really people, God brought down supernatural plagues…

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Stop saying, “It’s okay,” because it’s not okay

About 13 years ago, when I was interning at a church, my boss/pastor said that we would not just preach about forgiveness; we would…

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You’ll be a pro in no time

My teenagers had a day off of school, so on that -9-degree morning, we headed to a nearby training facility. While my teens were…

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When the odds are against you

What are the odds that you’ll resist temptation today? Um . . . yeah. We can quickly answer that question. Despite our willing spirits,…

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Don’t ever say, “just a layperson”

No Christians want weak pastors at their congregations. Church members want a pastor who is a good speaker; a hard worker; a good manager;…

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Love is both roses and thorns

If disciplining children is hard and at times hurts you more than it hurts them, it’s love. If discussing your friend’s bad behavior makes…

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What most married people forget

Do you know the difference between most dating couples and many married people? In a word—effort. When we date someone, we usually put in…