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Life’s Challenges

Save us from success!

What do you think of Gideon? In Judges chapters 6-8, we meet a nobody named Gideon whose faith seems remarkably flawed. When Jesus appears…

Life’s Challenges

Get out of Satan’s mouth

The apostle Peter warned, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). A good…

Living My Faith

Forgiveness Is Offensive: I Can’t Forgive Myself

What do you do when you can’t forgive yourself? Pastor Mike shares three situations when it is especially hard to forgive our own actions—and reveals the two offensive truths about us when we think we can’t forgive ourselves.

Who is God?

Lord, give me patience with you

Of all the many things I do that irritate my wife, known and unknown, near the top of the list must be her persistent…

Living My Faith

Forgiveness Is Offensive: I Forgave. Now How Do I Heal?

Does forgiving someone mean you act like their sin against you never happened? And then even if you forgive, how do you heal? The apostle Paul tells you exactly what you need to do.

Living My Faith

Stop saying, “It’s okay,” because it’s not okay

About 13 years ago, when I was interning at a church, my boss/pastor said that we would not just preach about forgiveness; we would…

Living My Faith

Why God wants you to walk

When my wife and I are riding our motorcycle, I like to go fast through the mountainous curves. That’s a feel-good adrenaline rush. My…

Living My Faith

You’ll be a pro in no time

My teenagers had a day off of school, so on that -9-degree morning, we headed to a nearby training facility. While my teens were…

Bible 101

Out of Context: “Plans to Prosper You”

Jeremiah 29:11 is a popular Bible verse that can be found on coffee mugs, Pinterest art, and memes: “For I know the plans I have for you.” God does have great plans for his people, but the way that verse has been used today is not the way God intended it.

Life’s Challenges

Willing to wait for it?

Have you ever heard of the Stanford “marshmallow test”? A Stanford professor once offered kids a choice—They could eat a marshmallow now, or if…

Life’s Challenges

The second rule of holes

The Spirit of God gives us the energy to get out of the holes we’re in. Each message of perseverance in the Bible is…

Bible 101

Why Ruth should be your favorite book of the Bible

I dare you to read Judges chapters 19-21. Go ahead; I’ll wait. . . . Did you read it? Tell me that isn’t the…