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Life’s Challenges

Hope From Israel: You’re Not Perfect, and That’s Okay

Jesus didn’t come for perfect people. So if you’ve made mistakes in your life, don’t panic. As we continue to grapple with these turbulent and divisive times, Pastor Mike reminds us of how God loves all his people—people from all walks of life; imperfect, everyday people like us. This series was recorded earlier this year when Pastor Mike was in Israel.

Prayer

You’ve got God’s phone number

Last year J. J. Watt, an NFL football player, made news when he gave out his phone number and invited people to connect with…

Life’s Challenges

A perfectly good faith

“To the faithful you show yourself faithful” (Psalm 18:25). When I was counseling Christian teenagers, some troubling concerns brought them to my office. Concerns…

Living My Faith

Fake News/Real Jesus: Why Jesus Is Who You Need

How can an imperfect person fall asleep without guilt? How can the abused live without shame? How can a sinner end up in the presence of God? The Bible’s answer—a Lamb. A spotless substitute, accepted by God’s own design.

Life’s Challenges

God doesn’t wash your mouth with soap

Naughty words. We hear them. We read them. We say them. We write them.  Back when I was a kid, naughty words were followed…

Taboo

Don’t let porn become corona’s pandemic

I wish the pastor’s text was wrong about porn. A colleague of mine shared some recent data about the correlation between cases of the…

Life’s Challenges

Sitting with you

This is not what I intended to write. For a month now, I’ve had a topic chosen, and it’s been rattling around my mind…

Life’s Challenges

Mindfulness in the Present

Mindfulness is a trendy concept right now. But what does it mean? How can you apply it to your life of faith today?

Living My Faith

Beware of the satanic three-step

A number of years ago, I heard Christian biologist Dr. David Menton give a presentation in which he described the satanic three-step. It’s a…

Life’s Challenges

If we can’t change the past, can we move forward?

My favorite movie of all time is Back to the Future. It tells the story of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), who’s a senior…

Life’s Challenges

Kintsugi

In most cultures when you break something, you either hide it or you throw it away. But centuries ago, the Japanese culture decided to…

Bible 101

You’re invited

Our neighbor owns a business, and my daughter has worked for him for the past couple of years. Thanks to him, she learned how…