Are You a Floater or a Swimmer? Why it Matters

Are you a floater or a swimmer? What I mean is, when it comes to your relationship with God, do you just float along and let the current of life carry you wherever, or are you actively swimming in a particular direction? My 10-year old daughter, Olivea, and I recently enjoyed several laps around the... Continue Reading →

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:¬†Immanuel. 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 →

January 1st and the Grace of God

In spite of what the cynics may say, January 1 presents a great opportunity to begin again. While it is true that God's mercies are new every morning - not just on the first day of the year - there is just something hopeful and energizing about a fresh calendar. As the year winds down,... Continue Reading →

Why Start with the Heart?

In the Quest for Change, Don't Overlook Your Hidden HQ Question for's your heart? Not the organ in the middle of your chest cavity, mind you, but rather your other heart. The one that is the figurative hub of¬† your existence, where all your thoughts, motives, and actions originate. How's that heart? I know,... Continue Reading →

Determined as…

3 Things We Can Learn from the Woolly Bear Caterpillar When you see Woolly Bear Caterpillars crossing the country roads of the Midwest, it's a sure sign that summer is almost over. As they hustle to get from one side of the road to the other, you know a change of seasons is coming. For... Continue Reading →

Your Friend, Incre-Mentality – Embracing the Slow and Steady Side of Recovery

I know a guy that used to run for miles at a time, marathons even. But not anymore. These days he has to settle for measuring his distances by the utility poles on the side of the road, just 125 feet at a time. Due to a back injury that caused nerve damage, his legs... Continue Reading →

Learning and Turning

How to Make the Most of Your Worst Had any good failures lately? Taken any wrong turns? Made any wrong-headed decisions? If you haven't, good on you, but if you have, welcome to the fellowship. The fact is that every now and then ten out of ten of us will veer off course. It is... Continue Reading →

Hope for a Change

Three Reasons Why You Should Believe that You Can Change One of the things that sometimes works against us in the Christian life is a certain skepticism about whether people can actually change or not. When it comes down to it, many of us struggle with believing that someone could really be any different than... Continue Reading →

A Juicy Analogy

What a Grapevine Tells us About a Relationship with Jesus Of all the metaphors in the Bible that can help us better understand our relationship with God (Shepherd/sheep, Potter/clay, Father/children), one of my all-time favorites is that of the Vine and branches. For some reason, this comparison just helps me get it. When Jesus taught... Continue Reading →

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