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Can I Complain to God?

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“You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. You have granted me life and steadfast love, and Your care has preserved my spirit.” Job 10:11–12 It’s amazing how my head can know one thing, yet my heart can feel totally different. It’s almost a case of spiritual insanity as I shift back and forth...

Trusting God When It Doesn’t Make Sense

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Cancer is never fair, but it seems especially cruel when it strikes a child. Two-year-old David was taken by his mother Deborah to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where they met with Dr. John Truman, a specialist in treating children with cancer and various blood diseases. Dr. Truman's leukemia prognosis was devastating: “David has a 50-50 chance of survival.” Countless...

Facing the Reality of Anxiety

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“Am I crazy? Am I alone?”  My thumb hovered over the send button as my hands shook and my lips quivered. That night, I wanted to fire off some sort of white flag surrendering myself to the wisdom of a close friend. Typing each letter felt like its own feat. I wanted to know that I was not alone or...

App Review: Dwell — the best way to listen to Scripture!

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We have more access to the Bible than any other generation in the history of the world. In Ancient times, Jewish students would study the Scriptures under a Rabbi. There was no pocket Bible, personal scroll, or Bible app to stick in their cloak. If they wanted to know the words of God as transcribed by Moses, David, or any...

A Hospital Named Grace

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When arriving at a hospital, there is a clear distinction between who is there to provide care and who is in need of care. The wounded are usually lying down, wearing odd hospital gowns, and tethered to some kind of pole for monitoring their vital signs or for IV fluids. Pretend for a second that you entered a hospital named...

How Do I Live Like I Am Forgiven?

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The Power of Forgiveness “I forgive you” are three of the strongest words we can ever hear another person say, second only to the words “I love you.” I know what is like to long for both of these to be said to me. We all fail and desire to know that we are forgiven and loved in spite of...

“Husbands Love Your Wives” by Affirming Her Publicly

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The Bible makes it clear: Husbands, Love Your Wives So on Sunday, I took a pause from preaching to love my wife publicly. In front of our whole church, I chose to publicly affirm my wife. I rarely use the pulpit to make personal announcements. I believe that when I am on stage to preach God’s Word, I need to do just...

What is the Local Church?

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And why are the reforming markers of the church (preaching and ordinances) so crucial for understanding what the church is? The church is a group of Christians (those partaking in the New Covenant with God by believing in Jesus Christ) who, together, identify themselves and others as followers of Jesus through regularly gathering in His name, preaching the Gospel, and...

7 Bible Resources That Make Great Christmas Gifts!

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(This post may contain affiliate links, read full disclosure here) It's Christmas time around the world and that means the Christmas wish list is filling up fast. I know my own kids are already talking about what they want for Christmas. You may have your own wish list this year. What do you want to impact your life the most this...

Killing the “Me Monster,” Being Honest to God and other valuable links

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 August 4, 2018 Sometimes we need a few good things we can enjoy quickly over a cup of coffee and for less than $5. Five Under Five is a regular post of a few things I think you’ll enjoy that won’t cost you more than $5 and can help make the most of some of your downtime. This week’s Five Under Five: ...

Calling Out the Writer Within

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Sometimes writing feels like pushing a 10,000-pound steel ball up a hill. In those moments, there's nothing in me that wants to write. The annoying cursor flashes at me with persistent regularity as if it is badgering me to do something I’d rather not. My fingers feel as limp as spaghetti noodles. My back is hunched over as if I’m...

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