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Let’s Abandon the Self-help Gospel

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“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) According to the Scientific American, elephants are truly amazing creatures because, although they have dismal eyesight, “they never forget a face.” They use their other senses to store memories...

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...

Keep Going Even When Your World is Crashing

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  Life: It has a way of stepping on itself.  When we are busy doing good and godly things the evil intentions of our seen and unseen enemies will get in the way. I often wish I could stop the world and just face the issues in front of me, but life doesn't work that way. Most often we have to keep...

Remembering the Shooting at Columbine: 20 Years Later

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REMEMBERING COLUMBINE It has been twenty years since the April 20, 1999 shooting at Columbine, yet the memories I carry and the spiritual lessons learned are still very present. "THERE HAS BEEN A SHOOTING AT COLUMBINE..." That day was an idle Tuesday and the first warm day of spring in Colorado. I was sitting in a high school class against my own...

Will it be a good day or a bad day?

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Within the first few minutes of waking up, we determine the mindset we will have for the day. If we do not choose it, someone or something else will quickly choose it for us. If we choose to believe it will be a good day, we will see the first struggles of the day as no big deal. If we choose to...

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...

The Perils of Being a Perfectionist

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I am a perfectionist with an imperfect life.  Since I was a child, I have desired to do many things perfectly, at least according to my standards. This is not true in all areas of my life. This is only true in the areas I care about the most; writing is one of those areas. When I write, I long...

Why We Should Highlight Our Bibles

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There is never a dull moment with my Grandpa.  He lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin and it doesn’t matter if the weather is freezing, he has always made it a point when I visit to go outside for an adventure. One particular winter he asked me to go on a hike. I’ll be honest — hiking in the freezing cold weather didn’t...