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Being human

When my youngest daughter was born, she came out crying. The doctor said, “It’s a girl!” but my daughter just cried at the sound…

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Communicating clearly

Our daughter was coming up the driveway when my husband made the universal signal for “roll down your window.” (You know, the crank-your-arm-in-a-circular-motion signal.)…

Living My Faith

Im-pul-sive

Sometimes we make decisions and ask, “What was I thinking?” after the fact. Ready. Fire. Aim. That can leave us filled with regret or…

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More roots, more fruit

The other day I read an article called “Tree Roots: Facts & Fallacies.” (Sounds interesting, I know.) The author wrote, “If a large portion…

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Called to love others

“Nobody’s in the mood to heal divisions; everybody’s in the mood to exacerbate them.” That’s what the political analyst said on the radio the…

Life’s Challenges

Lies: I won’t be happy unless I get my way

Ask a DJ—one of the most popular karaoke bar songs has to be Frank Sinatra’s signature “My Way.” Can’t you just see a guy…

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How does your garden grow?

When we lived in Minnesota, we had a huge garden—I’m talking 40 feet of asparagus, 20 pepper plants in pots, rhubarb, raspberries, strawberries, a…

Life’s Challenges

Stop a quarrel before it starts

I bet you know how to accelerate a disagreement into a full-blown fight. I bet you know the buttons that you can push on…

Life’s Challenges

My temper

I can sure tell when other people are losing their tempers. I hear the pitch of their voices rise. I note the sharpness of…

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.