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Friends with the world?

Ever heard of Simeon Stylites? Back in the a.d. 400s, Simeon decided the world was a spiritually dangerous place to live. So he constructed…

Living My Faith

Stop saying, “It’s okay,” because it’s not okay

About 13 years ago, when I was interning at a church, my boss/pastor said that we would not just preach about forgiveness; we would…

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.

Life’s Challenges

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…

Friends & Family

How to Deal With Family Dysfunction: Self-Esteem

It doesn’t matter what your family says about you. It doesn’t matter what you say about you. To know your true worth, there’s only one thing that matters.

Living My Faith

You’ll be a pro in no time

My teenagers had a day off of school, so on that -9-degree morning, we headed to a nearby training facility. While my teens were…

Living My Faith

The biggest threat to your soul

Recently, a Christian blogger went public with a lifestyle that many Christians would consider a sin. In her post, she wrote, “What the world…

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…