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Living My Faith

Follow his example

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). Have you been socked? With this Christmas equivalent of Halloween’s “You’ve…

Living My Faith

A different kind of list

From a parenting perspective, Christmas is a pretty easy time to get kids to behave. After all, they are keenly aware of Santa’s naughty-or-nice…

Life’s Challenges

THINK

As we were leaving a picnic, my daughter spoke up, “I want to go with Grandma.” I piped up, “Ah, but does Grandma want…

Friends & Family

Making friends

I still think friending people best occurs in the wide open spaces of the here and now. I know people can start relationships online….

Living My Faith

Really, Jesus? Love my enemies?

Nobody could accuse Jesus of pandering to an audience. The prophetic task of proclaiming the Word of God was once described (apologies to journalist…

Living My Faith

Death to Selfie: Serve Like a Ninja

The rich gave massive offerings on a particular day in the temple. But Jesus noticed and praised the poorest widow who quietly gave the “smallest offering.” In our day of public recognition, what would Jesus say? He would ignore those who praise themselves and praise those who serve God in secret.

Living My Faith

I’m tired of rivalries

In the past two weeks, I’ve had a couple of people from two different schools say things—either outright or subtly—to let me know we…

Living My Faith

“Be Humble or Be Humbled”

We don’t need Facebook likes and statuses. Strive for a life of humility instead.

Friends & Family

Sins of the sons

I know about pain that doesn’t go away. I wrote a book about it. I’m writing about it again, but not because of my…

Life’s Challenges

Don’t Block God’s Blessings

Watch the entire devotional series from this week, as Pastor Jon recounts the little known story of Mephibosheth to help us see how God blesses us regardless of the challenges in our lives.

Life’s Challenges

Can You Help Those Who Can’t Help Themselves?

Why should you show love and kindness to those who don’t deserve it?

Life’s Challenges

Take People at Their Word

What do you do when you think someone is lying to you?