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Decision Time

Decision TimeWith Sunday night’s preseason NFL game between Cincinnati and Arizona in the books, it is time for NFL coaches to start making some decisions. Yes, there is one more weekend of the exhibition season, but few if any starters will see action in the last round of games. This weekend’s contests are about securing one…

Discover answers for dealing with life’s challenges in James 1

Discover answers for dealing with life’s challenges in James 1Is there a difference between a “trial” and a “temptation”? Let’s explore James 1 for answers on dealing with life’s challenges. We’ll find that our response to those challenges makes all the difference!

destructive pride

destructive prideIn the classic 1991 animated movie Beauty and the Beast, Gaston is the town’s strapping, egotistical hero. He’s a “manly man” admired by the locals and desired by many of the town’s younger women. Most seem to be huge fans of Gaston and overlook his obnoxious ways, except for the young and beautiful Belle.

Living Your Theology

Living Your TheologyBeware of not acting upon what you see in your moments on the mountaintop with God. If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness. “If therefore …

Generational Impact

Generational Impact“As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is …

The Day I Stared Death in the Face

The Day I Stared Death in the FaceI was hesitant to watch initially. But missing it would mean missing the complete Toraja* experience, so I relented. It was traumatizing. Over a mere 15 minutes, I witnessed how five buffalos were killed, as part of a funeral ceremony unlike any other I had experienced before. A total […]

Life’s Darkest Moments

Life’s Darkest MomentsCharles Whittlesey was a hero’s hero. Leader of the so-called “Lost Battalion” in World War I, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery when his unit was …

How our faith is seen more in the small, daily battles, than in the big events we face

How our faith is seen more in the small, daily battles, than in the big events we faceThe Bible is full of stories of how faith enabled ordinary people to defeat giants, survive a den of lions, and move mountains. A conversation on James, chapter 1.

spiritual self-examination

spiritual self-examinationYed Anikpo created an app called Heartpoints to help Christians track their spiritual progress. Users of the app can review their daily history to rejoice over victories and to repent of…

Are You Ever Troubled?

Are You Ever Troubled?There are times in our lives when our peace is based simply on our own ignorance. But when we are awakened to the realities of life, true inner peace is …

What’s For Lunch?

What’s For Lunch?Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” John 6:8-9

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Any thoughts of a diet were out the window when I spotted the steak on the …

When Jesus Couch-surfs

When Jesus Couch-surfsThe Internet is often described as a “safe” way to get to know new people because of the option to disconnect with someone if we feel that our personal space is being infringed on. But a friend recently introduced me to a kind of social networking designed to allow […]

Spiritual Navigation

Spiritual NavigationDava Sobel’s award-winning book Longitude describes a dilemma faced by early sailors. They could readily determine their latitude north or south of the equator by the length of the day or…

Highs and Lows

Highs and LowsComing into last Wednesday night’s start against the Boston Red Sox, LA Angels’ starting pitcher Garret Richards had enjoyed his best season as a big leaguer. He boasted a 13-4 record, the clear leader of a strong pitching staff for the first-place Halos. He was averaging 9 strikeouts per 9 innings, as opposed to only…

A thoughtful conversation about faith and how it influences what we think and how we respond to life’s challenges

A thoughtful conversation about faith and how it influences what we think and how we respond to life’s challengesWhat is faith? Is it something we believe, or something we live? Let’s answer those questions in a study of James, chapter 1. Join in this thoughtful conversation about faith.