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05.20.15, Three Ways Save Marraige Post

What it takes to Keep Falling in Love in Marriage

I have been formally counseling married people for over three years now, and the one thing I hear more than anything is, “We’ve fallen out of love.” Let me start...
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Plan Well to Preach well

How To Prepare to Preach Expository Sermons for Maximum Impact

Preaching well is not something I simply strive to do, it is something I am called to do. When I sit to plan my preaching the weight of that calling...
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05.13.15, Podcast Post

Art and God: Podcast interview with Jake Weidmann

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:03 — 35.8MB) There are few people I am more proud of in my life than my brother, Jake. Take last night...
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God’s Most Unfair Trade (Mark 8:31-38)

God’s Most Unfair Trade (Mark 8:31-38)

“The Gospel calls for our life!” This was the message I wanted to leave with the congregation I love at Mission Hills. I cannot remember a sermon that was harder...
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Following the call of the Lord

I have something exciting to share! Two days ago I received a call from the Grace Chapel elders. They were all on speaker phone, calling me from an evening elder...
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Israel Tour 2015 Update One

Today we are in the Galilee region staying in the city of Tiberius. We started our time here by having a night out on the town (we arrived late) and...
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Why Joppa (Jaffa) Israel is Important to Our Lives Today

Today I am in Joppa which is the southern end of the city today called Tel Aviv. The port of Joppa was of great significance in both the Old and...
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03.23.15 Holy Land post

How a Trip to Israel Can Change Your Life

Sometimes the most significant things in life sneak up on us. My first trip to Israel was one surprising moment after the other. I joined a tour that was already...
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03.23.15 repitition post

Why Repeating Yourself Can be Worth It

Communication is the crux of all relationships. We live with people who we love and some we merely stand. No matter the nature of the relationship, we want to make...
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How to Overcome Complacency with Conviction (Acts 17:1-15)

How to Overcome Complacency with Conviction (Acts 17:1-15)

In this message, we look at the Macedonia journey that Paul and Silas took in the first century, as recorded in Acts 17. From their life we can see the...
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Four Essentials for Perseverance (Acts 14:8-24)

Four Essentials for Perseverance (Acts 14:8-24)

The Christian life is a journey that requires strength, courage and perseverance. In this message, we will look at the first missionary journey of Paul and learn four key attitudes...
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2.22.15 Israel Safe post

Is It Safe to Travel to Israel?

Listen to an interview I did with Shalom Almog in Israel, the owner of Coral Tours: I’ve been to Israel many times and never felt unsafe. The times I spent...
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2.10.15 counseling quickly post

Avoid the Tragedy of Counseling Too Quickly

A few days ago some of the counselors and I were jesting about starting a drive-thru counseling service. We laughed at the thought of people taking advantage of this quick...
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01.12.15 mentoring post

Why Life without a Mentor is a Bad Idea

Mentoring has always been important to me. My father played a significant role in my development of valuing outside voices of wisdom. Through our man-to-man relationship, I realize the importance...
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Undone: God’s Redemption Plan for Reconciling People To Himself (Acts 10:23-48)

Undone: God’s Redemption Plan for Reconciling People To Himself (Acts 10:23-48)

God has no partiality in who he saves and who he does not – so why do Christians so often act as if some people are not good enough for...
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10 Resources for Counseling Marriage Conflict

Prepare and Enrich Prepare and Enrich is a tool that was designed by Dr. David Olsen to help evaluate the health of a couple’s relationship. This tool can be used...
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Is It Okay to Be Mad at God?

Anger is the aircraft carrier in the fleet of our emotions. Not only because of its massive size, but also its ability to do harm because from it proceeds a...
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01.03.15 wolf in sheep's clothing post

Why You Need to Avoid Hypocrites Completely

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:00 — 2.3MB) Have you ever heard the phrase – “A wolf in sheep’s clothing?” It’s a statement that is often used...
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01.02.15 depression resources

Top 10 Internet Resources for Depression

Biblical Counseling Coalition – Depression Articles This site has an excellent list of articles, audio and video resources on the topic of depression. There are several different biblical counselors that...
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Jonathan Edwards Resolutions

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:03 — 3.6MB) Here we sit on the brink of a new year, a time seemingly to start over and reboot our...
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Defending Against Satan’s Five Most Common Plays

Satan is a crafty enemy, but I don’t want to give him too much credit. He is my enemy because he is an eternal against my God. I cannot tolerate...
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A Night of Peace on Christmas Eve, 1870: A “O Holy Night” story

On Christmas Eve in 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War, an intense battle was taking place between French and German soldiers. Suddenly, a French soldier jumped from the trenches, exposing himself...
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12.13.14 Savor Christ post

Learning to Love God for More Than His Gifts

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:03 — 3.6MB) Savoring Christ There is almost never a day that goes by where I am not reminded to keep “Christ...
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5 under 5: Christmas Song, Entertainment Weekly and Great Reads

5 under 5: Christmas Song and Great Reads

Watch: Elizabeth Hunnicutt’s “God of Hope” video  This woman has an amazing voice and a great heart for God. She has been at our church twice in the last 30...
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4 Great Joys that Come From Being Honest with God

The last shepherd to return from gathering firewood dropped a meager load of sticks on the ground beside the sputtering fire. He looked at his partners huddled close to the...
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Free Counseling Notes Template

As a counselor, taking notes is one of the most important parts of my job.   The details shared with me in a counseling session are sensitive and critical, so...
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The Joy of a Life Story Written By God

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:03 — 3.5MB) So I was reading this passage in the Bible the other day it struck me hard…Check this out. In...
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A Warning Message for Pride (Acts 12:2-24)

A Warning Message for Pride (Acts 12:2-24)

Augustine said, “Pride is the mother that gives birth to all other sins.” If we do not keep our pride in check, we will find ourselves opposing God and trying...
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The First Thanksgiving and a Grateful Heart

Do you remember as a kid making those turkeys out of a traced handprint or a pinecone? Do you remember the stories about the pilgrims and Indians in elementary school?...
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Summary of the Seven Keys to “Strategic Pastoral Counseling” by David Benner

Introduction Counseling within the church context can is full with its challenges. Knowing what to offer it to your congregation and the boundaries that should exist within your counseling ministry...
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Finding God’s Love in the Midst of Suffering

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:03 — 3.6MB) I gotta tell you this story. A girl named Cecilia waited to talk to me one night after I...
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4 Ways to Make Your Time With God More Effective

4 Ways to Make Your Time With God More Effective

We all have a desire to leave our mark on this world. We want to our life to count for more than just taking up space on earth. We want...
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What Does It Mean to Live a Holy Life?

As an experiment, the great scientist Isaac Newton stared at the image of the Sun reflected in a mirror. The brightness burned into his retina, and he suffered temporary blindness....
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Chief of Sinners Saved for You (Acts 9:1-19)

Saul’s Conversion: Chief of Sinners Saved for You (Acts 9:1-19)

God saves His people from all sorts of things. Their past tells a story of redemption for God’s glory that cannot be denied—this was certainly the case for Saul. In...
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When All Else Fails (Acts 6:8-15)

Finding Hope When All Else Fails (Acts 6:8-15)

We all long for peace, especially in times of turmoil. When our life is under pressure or upset in someway, we often do whatever we can in our own strength...
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