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Where’s your focus?

I’m not sure what you got for Christmas. I got COVID. Thankfully, my physical symptoms were mild. Unfortunately, my emotional and spiritual reactions were…

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Lies: I have to be perfect or I’m a failure

All our lives we need to seek balance—balance between work and play and family, our needs and the needs of others, wealth accumulation and…

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Standing for the truth

My family recently watched the movie The Courier. It’s based on the true story of a British businessman who carried secrets from a spy…

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Why science might not be the best way to prove the Christian faith

I know quite a few parents whose adult children have renounced their faith recently. Their kids grew up in a Christian home, went to…

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It’s never all or nothing

I never want to insult you. I hope you trust me on that. But I do like to challenge you because I know you…

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Arresting anger

If God said to me, “Jason, I will give you one chance to change the world. I will answer one prayer immediately. Make it…

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Grudges are stubborn things

Pastor asked us in Bible class, “Which is easier for you—forgiving other people or forgiving yourself?” I held back this time and was surprised…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…