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Living My Faith

Leave the mess

My youngest child is a pack rat. She saves lunch napkin notes from Mom. She saves feathers and stones, empty Tic Tac boxes, and…

Life’s Challenges

I learned this lesson from a garage sale

It was the end of my second garage sale, and I still possessed a bunch of junk. Just like my first garage sale. What…

Social Issues

America is an idea

“So the land had peace” (Judges 3:11). America is an idea that can be traced back to England and John Locke’s “Second Treatise on…

Life’s Challenges

A nation of laws

God decreed that good governments should be built upon the right kinds of laws. Not just any old laws, but the right kinds of…

Living My Faith

Commitment to freedom

Today the U.S. celebrates the freedom that our country’s soldiers have won and fought to preserve for over 240 years. Thank you to all…

Living My Faith

Freedom!

It’s almost here: the day the United States celebrates its freedom from the tyranny of old King George and Mother England, and we do…

Living My Faith

What does this mean?

I grew up constantly answering the question—What does this mean? My pastor forced me to think through that question whenever I memorized something from…

Life’s Challenges

I carry a lot of anger

I know why people carry anger for a long time because I’ve done it myself. It doesn’t make us happy, but it does offer…

Taboo

Be That Friend

If, by God’s grace, you aren’t the one in three or four who have experienced abuse, you might not know what to do to…

Living My Faith

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…

Bible 101

Your sins are not like coffee grounds

It was 5:20 A.M. I was pulling out the coffeepot to pour my first cup when things went tragically awry. (I use the word…

Friends & Family

The apple can fall far

Are you ever shocked that Jesus was Jewish? If that doesn’t blow your mind, you haven’t read the story of the Jewish people. It’s…