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Pray for people

I hear a lot of confessions about pornography. Both men and women, young and old, married and single schedule a time to talk and,…

Life’s Challenges

DEBT: A four-letter word

Debt can make you do spiritually dumb things. Debt causes stress, affecting your relationships and your waistline. Debt causes fights over spending habits. Debt…

Living My Faith

The good of work and the gift of rest

“How are you doing, Michael?” “I’m busy.” Busyness is our way of virtue signaling. We are letting our fellow Americans know that we uphold…

Life’s Challenges

Self-control is a “fruit”

I wish self-control was a microwavable meal. Pop in a prayer request, wait a minute or two, and your self-control comes out, steaming and…

Life’s Challenges

You are normal

When you find yourself addicted to destructive behavior, you might assume that you are not normal, the only one who struggles so deeply, so…

Bible 101

The only filter you need

On Facebook, one of my friends shared one of the best quotes I’ve ever seen attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “Don’t believe everything you read…

Bible 101

No longer stinky

My son is 18 months old, and while I love him dearly and he can be painfully adorable sometimes, other times—he drives me a…

Friends & Family

Drug court wisdom

The other day I was in a courtroom to offer encouragement to a friend facing serious legal charges for her drug-related decisions. The judge,…

Living My Faith

Forget about the “perfect” Christmas

If you could change anything, what would it be? I’m not asking about world peace or cancer. We’re heading into Christmas, and this is…

Life’s Challenges

Not-so-fast food for the soul

I eat too fast. This has been a lifelong struggle, and I’m not sure when it started. But when I’m out at a restaurant…

Living My Faith

Using your time even better

Pastor Mike’s latest sermon series may challenge you a bit. It changed my perspective. Maybe you, like me, tend to justify the way you…

Living My Faith

You are what you look at

“The eye is the lamp of the body.” This strange image comes from Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7, specifically 6:22). He…