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Life’s Challenges

Are there idols in your life?

Recently I’ve been reading through and teaching parts of the Old Testament. It’s easy to throw our Old Testament ancestors under the bus. Bowing…

Bible 101

Free gloves

Recently my two older boys attended a youth group event at our church. Before enjoying pizza and a Packers game (two quintessential youth group…

Living My Faith

Balance sheets and resumes

How can you tell if people think of themselves as successful? Look at what’s on their resume: educational attainments, advanced degrees and certifications, positions…

Living My Faith

A Fresh Start: For Your Money

When accumulating more and more money becomes the center of our universe, we end up with darkness, worry, and eventual loss. But when we seek God first, satisfying our hearts with the presence and promises of God, money finds its rightful place in our lives. Our loving Father can become our true treasure, freeing us from serving money and allowing us to use it wisely.

Living My Faith

Watch your mouth

I’m a big fan of words and talking with both people I know and people I’m about to know. This is a positive because…

Life’s Challenges

The best way to begin your day

Each morning our bodies instinctively strive for harmony. Psychologists call this homeostasis, or equilibrium. For example, if we wake up tired, we reach for…

Living My Faith

What are you filling up on?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you didn’t surprise yourself? You know, those moments when something comes out of your mouth that catches even you…

Living My Faith

Wish not

On several occasions Jesus instructed people on the issue of worry. “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Matthew 6:34)….

Living My Faith

A Fresh Start: For Your Body

This message takes us back to the beginning, to physical life as God intended, and reminds us of the Father who gave us life and wants only what is best for his kids. In addition, it reminds us of the “image of God” that we have through Jesus, a spiritual reality that gives even our bodies peace and rest.

Living My Faith

Exercise your faith!

Every year around this time of year, people come out of their food- and Christmas celebration-induced haze and realize their pants don’t fit quite…

Who is God?

3 Words that will change your New Year

If failing to achieve your goals was an Olympic sport, I would win the gold. Seriously. Every New Year I go crazy with the…

Living My Faith

A Fresh Start: With Jesus

Jesus said that those who humbly confess their need of God’s grace (instead of self-righteously comparing themselves to others) will be justified and exalted in the eyes of God. Perhaps, then, repentance is the most liberating way to live!