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Life’s Challenges

Grudges are stubborn things

Pastor asked us in Bible class, “Which is easier for you—forgiving other people or forgiving yourself?” I held back this time and was surprised…

Living My Faith

God rescues wretches

In the mid 1700s, English writer Samuel Johnson made a resolution to get up in the morning to pray. In 1738 he wrote, “Oh,…

Living My Faith

Freedom!

It’s almost here: the day the United States celebrates its freedom from the tyranny of old King George and Mother England, and we do…

Living My Faith

The power of “all y’all”

Unless you read Greek, you might have missed the powerful principle Paul shared with the Corinthians: “But when you are tempted, [God] will also…

Living My Faith

GOD is there

I still remember her heartbreaking words: “I keep jumping to reach God, but I feel like I’ll never get there.” The woman from my…

Living My Faith

Then they came for me

Martin Niemöller was a Lutheran pastor in Nazi Germany. He eventually found the courage to publicly oppose Adolph Hitler. As a result, he spent…

Friends & Family

Dealing with sin

Why would any Christian in his or her right mind listen to Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 18:15-17? Why would any of us even dare…

Friends & Family

Reaching out in love

Not long ago, a church in Texas followed the four agonizing but necessary stages of Jesus’ teaching on dealing with sin (Matthew 18:15-17). Sadly,…

Life’s Challenges

Save us from success!

What do you think of Gideon? In Judges chapters 6-8, we meet a nobody named Gideon whose faith seems remarkably flawed. When Jesus appears…

Living My Faith

When the odds are against you

What are the odds that you’ll resist temptation today? Um . . . yeah. We can quickly answer that question. Despite our willing spirits,…

Living My Faith

Teachers from hell

The digital revolution has brought enormous good to our world, but like every technological advance, it’s brought bad things too. We can get news…

Living My Faith

A word to impulsive people

The reformer Martin Luther once said, “All of us are either a Jacob or an Esau.” If you know the story of those twin…