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Choose Gratitude Over Grumbling: Even if You’re Living With Pain

For people living with constant pain, it’s tempting to believe the lie that God is not good. Pastor Mike shares a verse from Jesus’ brother James that gives us three things to remember in order to resist believing that deception.

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Choose Gratitude Over Grumbling: Even When You’re Hurting

To be grateful for the hard times in your life is difficult. Pastor Mike asks: Do you think it’s possible that you could only get to certain places spiritually if you had first passed through the difficulties of pain, suffering, and hardship? The apostle Paul, a guy who was incredibly grateful and went through an incredible amount of suffering, is going to help us thank God even when we hurt.

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Happiness

Watch the entire devotional series from this week as Pastor Jared leads us through what it means and takes to be truly happy.

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How Do You Find Joy?

The people who are suffering often have the most joy.

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Practicing gratitude

If your social media feed looks anything like mine in November, thankfulness and gratitude are making a comeback. In a buildup to Thanksgiving, friends…

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Pray for the persecuted church

According to Open Doors USA, an organization that tracks Christian persecution around our planet, 245 million believers face threats, violence, and death every day…

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When they hate you

There is an odd passage printed on the wall next to the main doors of the church where I serve. It reads, “If you…

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Ordinary isn’t bad

Nothing about me in high school screamed “popular.” I mean, you only have to look at pictures of my hair and ask about my…

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Let’s talk about sex (and God)

“So, what did your parents teach you about sex?” one of my friends asked a mutual friend as we devoured pizza on his back…

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Think different

In 1997 Steve Jobs returned to a struggling Apple with all the force of his abrasive genius. “Think different” became Apple’s iconic slogan for…

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God rescues wretches

In the mid 1700s, English writer Samuel Johnson made a resolution to get up in the morning to pray. In 1738 he wrote, “Oh,…

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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…