3 Easy-to-Remember Reasons to Praise God, Even on a Hard Day

I'd be lying if I said that I started every day praising God for how good He is. More often than not, I am so preoccupied with worldly concerns that I lose track of His involvement in my life. Like Martha in Luke 10:38-42, I tend to obsess about circumstances beyond my control when I... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Bulldogs: How Willpower Squares with the Gospel

How do you summit a mountain? How do you run a marathon? How do you take those surplus pounds off? How do you finish a degree? How do you graduate from rehab? How do you keep your vows in a relationship? How do you complete a challenging project? Say it with me, determination. When it... Continue Reading →

Echoes from the Cross – The Power of “It is finished”

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. - John 19:30 Every word spoken by Jesus is transformational, but the words He uttered while on the Cross seem to have a special resonance about them. There's an echo, if you will,... Continue Reading →

The Elasticity of Hope: When You’re Going Through a Painful Stretch

I love running, but stretching...not so much. There's just something about it. Maybe it's the initial pain and discomfort it causes, not to mention the time it takes. Personally, I'd rather just get on with the workout. But stretching has its place. It helps with flexibility, range of motion, and blood circulation, to name just... Continue Reading →

3 Keys to Taking the Grind out of Work

If you ever feel like your job lacks purpose and meaning, you are not alone. Gallup surveys on employee engagement have consistently found that around 70% of folks are not into their jobs. This means that for 7 out of 10 people, their bodies are showing up for work every day, but their hearts are... Continue Reading →

The Trampoline Effect – How to Bounce Back when Life Gets You Down

I have learned from watching my kids that gravity hurts, except when you're on a trampoline. Then it's a blast. Falling down and popping back up is something kids can do for hours on end. We are on our third trampoline at our house and so far, no trips to the emergency room. If only... Continue Reading →

When Faith and Fear Go One-on-One in Your Head

This is what the conversation between faith and fear sounds like in my head sometimes: Faith: "God is good and I'm going to trust Him." Fear: "But what are you going to do if  _X__ happens?" Faith: "I don't need to worry about that. My future is in God's hands." Fear: "You sure? Because that would be really bad."... Continue Reading →

How He Got a Thumbs Up…from God

Thumbs up...an almost universal sign of approval. If you hang out much in the realm of social media, you are well acquainted with the power of the thumbs up icon. The more of these little guys you have on your posts and pages, the better it is for you. People don't bestow a thumbs up for... Continue Reading →

When You’re Tired of Fighting – A Tale of Two Warriors

If you have ever felt like you're in an exhausting fight, it's because you are. As much as the enemy would like to convince you otherwise, your spiritual battle is a real one. It is not a figment of your imagination. Simply put, if Jesus is your Savior then the devil is your relentless opponent. To help,... Continue Reading →

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