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Living My Faith

Trusted with grace

For a long time, the relationship between God and people was a transaction. It was always quid pro quo, this for that, tit for…

Prayer

Prayers and answers

“Lord, help.” “God, please . . .” “How long, Lord?” “Make it clear, Jesus. No, even clearer . . .” I don’t know if…

Who is God?

Rejection proof

Jia Jiang knocked on the door of a stranger and asked if he could play soccer in the backyard. He also requested a “burger…

Friends & Family

Father of grace

A few years ago, I heard a pastor and his son speak at a men’s conference. The son told the story of when he…

Living My Faith

Wash me

The back window of our van often sports a scrawled, “Wash Me!” My neighbor’s car, however, always shines. Even before sunrise, he kneels by…

Bible 101

“Sacrament”: Not in the Bible?

Thanks to the capital of California everybody knows this word, though it’s not found in the Bible. But it is another example of valuable…

Who is God?

The chosen one

We love the idea of a “chosen one,” don’t we? Think of how many of our best stories involve the coming of some special…

Life’s Challenges

Why be good if I’ll be forgiven?

How often do you wonder, “Do I have to be good today?” Yes, even Christians ponder that question, and sometimes our logic is: “Why…

Social Issues

A perspective on problems

Life is full of problems. It seems for every one issue that gets resolved there are two more frustrating dilemmas that pop up. The…

Living My Faith

Carry each other’s burdens

Many hands make light the work. That is so true! Even for simple projects, another set of hands can be very helpful. I grew…

Living My Faith

Called out

The other day, a Christian called me out. I had said something foolish in one of my sermons that caused some real damage to…

Living My Faith

Flawed but Blessed: How Boldly Can I Pray?

What does a strange story of an old man physically wrestling with God have to do with us and our prayer lives? A lot. Pastor Mike drills deep into this scene from the life of Jacob in the Old Testament to show us how we can hold God accountable to his promises.