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Life’s Challenges

How Do I Know if I’m Significant?

We all want to be significant. But we often go about it the wrong way, thinking it’s about prominence. Instead, Pastor Matt says, it’s the opposite of that. In this series, Pastor Matt walks us through the account of a blind man and Jesus—and how we can use this to find our significance.

Living My Faith

You should be proud

What are you proud of? Maybe you’ve made it through rigorous schooling or run a marathon or lost a bunch of weight or you…

Living My Faith

The diversity of eternity

This past month, I immersed myself in trying to understand issues of race in contemporary culture, including inner city poverty, unconscious prejudice, and mass…

Who is God?

3 Reasons to be religious

Fewer and fewer of today’s people practice organized religion. So permit the Bible a few minutes to make its claim why religion is important….

Living My Faith

Did Jesus have a beard?

Back in my college days, I wrote love letters to my girlfriend. I tried to be creative and fun. One time I mailed a…

Life’s Challenges

Mind your own dirt

The good news of Jesus that changes a person’s eternity also transforms a person’s earthly life. It’s impressive to see what God can do…

Life’s Challenges

You were not meant to carry your burdens

Young adults and the elderly seem to share the ability to be transparent. On New Year’s Eve, a young man sat in my living…

Living My Faith

Everyone has a place

How do you feel when you see someone else make the winning basket and you’re stuck on the bench? Or how do you feel…

Bible 101

Humble and happy

Have I ever told you about my note cards? One of the few stories I repeat often in my teaching is the research I…

Living My Faith

Jesus & self-esteem

I studied under a Christian scholar who reads three hundred books a year and presents the Christian message to audiences of all ages, backgrounds,…

Who is God?

The glory of the Lord

If a kindergartener asked you what glory meant, could you explain it? When you pray, “The kingdom and the power and the glory are…

Living My Faith

Jesus’ little friend

Jesus’ disciples on occasion were a little too full of themselves. Jesus was a child magnet—they loved his tone and presence—but the disciples viewed…