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Rest and Refresh 

Rest and Refresh 

We need rest. Scripture teaches that we are dust (Gen. 3:19). Unlike God, we tire. We are finite creatures. We need sleep and refreshment. John Piper reminds us: “Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God….Once a day God sense us to bed like patients with...

How to Care for the Seniors in Your Church

How to Care for the Seniors in Your Church

In essence, church communities are a type of chosen family. When you share a faith experience with someone, week in and week out, you come to know them on a personal level. One of the ways church members are called to do their part is to care for older churchgoers....

Reclaiming Sunday Morning as the Church’s Primary Formative Event

Reclaiming Sunday Morning as the Church’s Primary Formative Event

One of the unique values of corporate spiritual practices —those experienced regularly on Sunday mornings —is that they shape and direct our desire for God in ways that private disciplines fail to replicate. Over time, habits and rituals, combined with pertinent...

How to Stop Feeding Your Victim Mentality

How to Stop Feeding Your Victim Mentality

Born of trauma, loss, chaos, and injustice, the Victim mentality often feels like a strange form of justice or protection. It can cause you to become so self-focused and defensive that you incrementally push others away. The Victim Identity continually seeks attention...

The Ninefold Path of Jesus – Trust

The Ninefold Path of Jesus – Trust

Imagine being significantly free of worry and anxiety. What would that be like? Deep peace. Sound sleep. Full attention. Is that a quality of life you desire? Do you think it’s possible? In the teaching on the hill Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life.” The...

6 Ways (Minus 3) to Know God Is in Your Life

6 Ways (Minus 3) to Know God Is in Your Life

My good friend Jason used to be an outstanding pastor and preacher. After a church split and two other hard experiences, though, Jason no longer felt God was in His life.  “God,” Jason prayed, “if You are real, say something. I need to hear You speak to me.” Jason...

Comparison Games

Comparison Games

After a year of social distancing, isolation at home and all the overarching pandemic woes, most of us are itching for a proper summer vacation. Dreaming about returning to that holiday ritual, my wife, Amy, recently found an old picture of me on the beach in San...

Recruiting the JV Squad 

Recruiting the JV Squad 

It’s recess on the blacktop back in elementary school and all the kids are lined up eagerly awaiting your finger to point in their direction. While their self-esteem hangs delicately in the balance, the only thing on your mind is winning. That’s the job of the captain...

The Big Reveal

The Big Reveal

The part I can’t wait for in every Fixer Upper episode is the reveal. It’s a highlight, but some even more amazing reveals are coming. We are promised that one day Jesus will be revealed. That’s something we should be excited about. In fact, we “eagerly wait for our...

It’s Your Turn to Re-envision God

It’s Your Turn to Re-envision God

I think I used to see God working in my life very linearly. I kind of saw God as someone who coached me along my journey, and if I screwed up too badly, he would replace me with someone better. Then one day, while reading Lewis’s Mere Christianity, I realized God is...

Rest and Refresh 

Rest and Refresh 

We need rest. Scripture teaches that we are dust (Gen. 3:19). Unlike God, we tire. We are finite creatures. We need sleep and refreshment. John Piper reminds us: “Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God….Once a day God sense us to bed like patients with...

How to Care for the Seniors in Your Church

How to Care for the Seniors in Your Church

In essence, church communities are a type of chosen family. When you share a faith experience with someone, week in and week out, you come to know them on a personal level. One of the ways church members are called to do their part is to care for older churchgoers....

Reclaiming Sunday Morning as the Church’s Primary Formative Event

Reclaiming Sunday Morning as the Church’s Primary Formative Event

One of the unique values of corporate spiritual practices —those experienced regularly on Sunday mornings —is that they shape and direct our desire for God in ways that private disciplines fail to replicate. Over time, habits and rituals, combined with pertinent...

How to Stop Feeding Your Victim Mentality

How to Stop Feeding Your Victim Mentality

Born of trauma, loss, chaos, and injustice, the Victim mentality often feels like a strange form of justice or protection. It can cause you to become so self-focused and defensive that you incrementally push others away. The Victim Identity continually seeks attention...

The Ninefold Path of Jesus – Trust

The Ninefold Path of Jesus – Trust

Imagine being significantly free of worry and anxiety. What would that be like? Deep peace. Sound sleep. Full attention. Is that a quality of life you desire? Do you think it’s possible? In the teaching on the hill Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life.” The...

6 Ways (Minus 3) to Know God Is in Your Life

6 Ways (Minus 3) to Know God Is in Your Life

My good friend Jason used to be an outstanding pastor and preacher. After a church split and two other hard experiences, though, Jason no longer felt God was in His life.  “God,” Jason prayed, “if You are real, say something. I need to hear You speak to me.” Jason...

Comparison Games

Comparison Games

After a year of social distancing, isolation at home and all the overarching pandemic woes, most of us are itching for a proper summer vacation. Dreaming about returning to that holiday ritual, my wife, Amy, recently found an old picture of me on the beach in San...

Recruiting the JV Squad 

Recruiting the JV Squad 

It’s recess on the blacktop back in elementary school and all the kids are lined up eagerly awaiting your finger to point in their direction. While their self-esteem hangs delicately in the balance, the only thing on your mind is winning. That’s the job of the captain...

The Big Reveal

The Big Reveal

The part I can’t wait for in every Fixer Upper episode is the reveal. It’s a highlight, but some even more amazing reveals are coming. We are promised that one day Jesus will be revealed. That’s something we should be excited about. In fact, we “eagerly wait for our...

It’s Your Turn to Re-envision God

It’s Your Turn to Re-envision God

I think I used to see God working in my life very linearly. I kind of saw God as someone who coached me along my journey, and if I screwed up too badly, he would replace me with someone better. Then one day, while reading Lewis’s Mere Christianity, I realized God is...

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