This Sunday, September 11, is the 15th remembrance of the awful terror attacks on the World Trade Center. In each of our lives much has happened in these past fifteen years since that terrible morning, but it is good to go back to recall some of what we learned at that time. In particular, what […]

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We’ve all experienced the effects of strife in one way or another. Strife can manifest itself through arguing, screaming and yelling. Other times, it can be more subtle, like when someone gives you “the silent treatment” and refuses to talk at all. The dictionary defines strife as “bickering, arguing, a heated disagreement, or an angry […]

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Social media. Podcasts. Live Stream Video. Blogs. In the online connectedness of 2016, digital means like these are well-trodden roads of sharing, exchanging, and gathering information — even eternal information. Many Christians (like me) have hopped aboard the technological train to carry the divine truths of the gospel into this densely populated space we call […]

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Do you ever get offended when something bad happens in your life? I know I have. It’s an attitude that says, “Why is this happening?” or “This shouldn’t be happening to me!” While it may seem harmless, offense is actually one of Satan’s greatest tools to rob us of God’s blessings. He uses offense to […]

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Of all the things the Christian faith beckons us to embrace, the love of God should be easiest, shouldn’t it? Repentance is difficult. Sharing the gospel is awkward. Accepting God’s perspective on various issues can be a tough pill to swallow. But soaking up God’s fatherly affection for us shouldn’t be a problem, right? Right? It […]

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An important new survey by Pew Research asks why people who were raised in religious homes but who now identify as religious “nones” — having no religious affiliation — decided to leave the faith of their childhood. The results were varied, but according to the survey, “Half of ‘nones’ left childhood faith over lack of […]

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God has a longstanding habit of calling those he loves into difficult situations. He called Abraham to leave his home and wander around in foreign lands among strangers who, as far as he knew, might kill him on sight. He called meek ole’ Moses and his cowardly big brother to stand before the most powerful […]

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Do you ever get offended? Has someone ever hurt your feelings, opening the door for strife, anger or a damaged relationship? Every day, we are presented with multiple opportunities to get offended. It can be as minor as someone cutting us off in traffic or stealing our parking spot. Other times we can feel deeply […]

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In a January, 2015 interview in GQ magazine, basketball superstar Kevin Durant talked about his personal spiritual transformation after learning about God’s love from Pastor Carl Lentz. He explained that he once lived with the fear that, “If I do something wrong, I’m going to hell. I felt like I had to follow the Ten […]

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Do you struggle in your prayer life? I struggle with the inclusion of prayer in my everyday life. Honestly, everyone does. And everyone could be stronger and more diligent in their prayer lives. I certainly know that I could have a better prayer life. The first step toward a daily prayer life is simply doing […]

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