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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

The Lord’s Prayer 101

You may or may not know that Jesus’ favorite thing to talk about was the kingdom of God. My simple definition of God’s kingdom…

Who is God?

The real Valentine’s love

Today is Valentine’s Day. For many, Valentine’s Day has become a Hallmark holiday filled with sappy sentiment and red hearts … everywhere. But the…

Life’s Challenges

Pray the psalms

“Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me! Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek…

Prayer

Homework for a year

Your school days might be a part of the distant past, but I want to give you a year’s worth of homework. Up for…

Living My Faith

Listen when he speaks

There was an old TV commercial about a financial firm named E.F. Hutton. It showed Mr. Hutton in a busy restaurant or on a…

Life’s Challenges

Know. See. Yearn.

It’s Christmas Eve. The tableau is set: a baby’s soft cheek against a bed of hay, a wondering mother, wide-eyed shepherds who have seen…

Life’s Challenges

God’s good!

In my office you’ll find an ancient scroll snatched from the fires of hell (or, perhaps, created by a local artist with some paper…

Prayer

A prayer of thanks

Loving and generous Lord, at this time of thanksgiving we remember with grateful hearts all the blessings you have showered on our nation. Help…

Life’s Challenges

Replacing thieves

We usually reserve the term addiction for the really bad stuff. Being labeled as an addict carries with it many stigmas. But in a…

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…