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Life’s Challenges

Lies: Life should be getting easier

Christians love, love, love the passages in Scripture that promise God’s blessings on a believing life. We love to pray that God will take…

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Thank God for detours

You’re late to the company party. Your hot dish is getting lukewarm on the backseat as you zip through yellow lights (well, orangish, to…

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Carry on

Following the death of Prince Philip, I read a quote from Nick Bullen, who worked with the prince for his 90th birthday celebration. “He…

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Skeptical Faith: Am I Naturally Good?

Are we really born sinful? That’s a hard pill for many people to swallow. What if we asked Moses, Paul, and Jesus this question? What would they say? Take a closer look at the Bible’s teaching about the human heart, and the answer is clear.

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God is in the wilderness

What is your wilderness?  Nobody on this planet lives in such paradise that he or she never experiences the wilderness. Some of us know…

Friends & Family

How to Deal With Family Dysfunction

Watch the entire devotional series from this week as Pastor Dave helps us deal with the challenges and dysfunctions our families face.

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Good leaders delegate

It’s terrible to have a leader who doesn’t do anything. But the reverse is worse—a leader who won’t let go of anything. Why do…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…