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Living My Faith

Forgiveness Is Offensive: You Must Forgive EVERY Day

Where do you start the journey of forgiveness? Is forgiveness a “one and done”? Or is it a process we need to deal with daily? What the Bible has to say about forgiveness is not only helpful and powerful; it’s shockingly offensive.

Life’s Challenges

God-given tension

I rewrote my sermon six times. I was attempting to write a sermon about Deborah from Judges chapter 4, and the tension was tearing…

Life’s Challenges

My procrastination

I get a lot of laughs from “demotivation” posters—you know, the ones designed to look like inspirational office artwork but that instead have a…

Bible 101

Should you name your kid after a killer?

I normally wouldn’t recommend naming your kid after the woman who murdered a man while he was sleeping. But when I met one of…

Life’s Challenges

The prayer of a struggling believer

Father, I’m struggling right now. My heart is heavy, and I don’t even fully understand what I’m feeling. I know I’ve messed up. I’ve…

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 first rule of holes

“Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made” (Psalm 7:15). Stubbornness is one of our failings. We…

Friends & Family

Doing life with others

Depending on how you view it, we just enjoyed/endured one of the most romantic/lamest holidays of the year, and I’m not referring to Presidents’…

Living My Faith

Don’t ever say, “just a layperson”

No Christians want weak pastors at their congregations. Church members want a pastor who is a good speaker; a hard worker; a good manager;…

Living My Faith

Failure Is Good?

We want to succeed at everything, but failure is inevitable. And good.

Living My Faith

How to Know You’re Successful

Success isn’t about results. Instead, it’s really about this.