Unintentional Firemen – How we Unknowingly Extinguish the Spirit and What to Do about It

As we launch into a new year, it may be helpful to revisit one of the names of Jesus that we heard so much about at Christmas:┬áImmanuel. Remember it? It means "God is with us." Since a new year can bring both excitement and anxiety, it is reassuring to know that we're not alone. God... Continue Reading →

When You Feel Stuck – 3 Moves You Can Make

Jen is dealing with a situation right now that has her feeling stuck. She's not sure what to do about it and doesn't feel like she can take it much longer. She feels like she is just a step away from panicking and doing something desperate. There's nothing worse than feeling stuck. Whether it's an... Continue Reading →

When the Outlook is Bad – The Art of Re-Framing

Look at the world around you today and chances are you may see more ugliness than beauty. Scanning the headlines and listening to news reports can have a depressing effect, to say the least. Near and far, the outlook is often bleak. This is exactly the tension that David described in Psalm 36. In the... Continue Reading →

The Risk and Reward of Full Disclosure with God

I'll never forget the evening I came clean with her. The buried little fact about myself had been dogging my conscience for days. I wanted to tell her, but I couldn't muster up the courage. I would sense the right moment presenting itself, but then I would chicken out every time. I knew that if... Continue Reading →

The Black Dot Experiment

Take a clean, white piece of paper and with a pen or pencil make a dot right in the middle of it. Show it to someone and ask them "What do you see?" More than likely, they will say "A black dot." Rather than seeing a white piece of paper with a small dot on... Continue Reading →

This Too Shall Pass?

It is one of those phrases that people may think is in the Bible, but it isn't. Like the saying "God helps those who help themselves," "This too shall pass" isn't in there. It sounds like it could be, but it isn't. The catchy line probably gained its popularity from President Lincoln, who used it... Continue Reading →

Following Jesus When it Isn’t Trending

How to Take the Long View in Times of Cultural Upheaval You already know this, but it isn't easy to publicly identify as a Christian anymore. Be it at your school, your job, or in your social media community, you are likely to get some hate if you dare to bring Jesus with you. It... Continue Reading →

Is it Okay to be Frustrated with God?

When You Need the Lord's Help, but it Seems Like He's a Million Miles Away If you have ever felt like you were desperately in need of God's intervention but were frustrated because He did not seem to be interested in helping you, you are not the first. The psalmist beat you to it a... Continue Reading →

3 Ideas to Keep Your Faith Fresh

Since God's Goodness is New Every Day, What About Our Response? Everyone enjoys fresh stuff. Fresh bread, fresh doughnuts, fresh french fries, fresh fruits and veggies, and most definitely, fresh coffee. Since we started dabbling in farm living, my family and I even get to enjoy the taste of fresh eggs these days, straight from... Continue Reading →

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