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Living My Faith

Encourage others

I love getting mail, even if it’s a bill (at least until I open it), but to see my name in print, to see…

Depression & Anxiety

.1% happy

If you don’t think being happy is hard, listen to the words of tenth-century ruler Abd al-Rahman III: “I have now reigned above fifty…

Life’s Challenges

Hope for the future

I just love it when my seed catalogs arrive in the mail this time of year! I like to take a day—in the deepest,…

Depression & Anxiety

Jesus is with you

Times are hard. These words of Psalm 60 may just roll off your tongue: “You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you…

Life’s Challenges

Good cuts from an expert

A diamond needs to be cut in order to achieve its greatest beauty. That kind of seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? How can cutting a…

Depression & Anxiety

Better than a second chance

In the past, it was easy for me to feed into my fears about entering the public ministry, especially since serving God’s people was…

Who is God?

No “meh” in Messiah

“Behold!” we sang just a few short weeks ago. “Come and see!” we were told. “Joy to the world!” we cried with gusto. “Let…

Depression & Anxiety

How to deal with anxiety (Part 4)

Out of the 30 times that words like worry and anxiety show up in the Bible, 8 of them are in Jesus’ classic teaching…

Bible 101

Today’s devotion is made possible by God’s Word

Sesame Street is dedicated to helping children learn. The Muppets or cast involved help teach them how to read and write. Every episode is…

Depression & Anxiety

Un-deck the halls

I don’t know if “undecorate” is a word, but it’s easily my least favorite part of the Christmas season. It usually happens in early…

Life’s Challenges

Grace AND peace!

Christians love the words grace and peace. Those two words are laced through the Bible, peppered into prayers, and bound up in the benediction…

Depression & Anxiety

We want to be happy

St. Augustine, a famous Christian who lived around a.d. 400, wrote, “Every man, whatsoever his condition, desires to be happy.” Isn’t that true? Whoever…