WHERE IS MY HELP?

The Source of Your Self-Esteem

One week into my sabbatical I made it through a 24-hour period without thinking about the church. It was strange … and refreshing. It is common, unhealthy and unbiblical to get your sense of self-esteem from your work. It’s great to take pride in what you do, but dangerous to make it the source of […]

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OVERCOMING SPIRITUAL LAZINESS

Three Biblical Truths About Laziness

Laziness is a spiritual problem. Always. It’s also a universal issue. Even the most productive people have sneaky ways to be lazy; little distractions and insignificant tasks they use to avoid the harder tasks that really matter. What did Jesus say about laziness?   Our Struggle with Laziness Let’s face it: It’s very tempting to […]

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WHAT IS YOUR WORLDVIEW?

5 Essentials of a Christian-Biblical Worldview

We all have a particular way of looking at the world; a way of approaching the challenges of life. We do it instinctively — like breathing. We operate from a set of beliefs about fundamental aspects of reality that ground and influence all our perceiving, thinking, knowing, and doing. This is called a worldview.   […]

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THE CRISIS ON THE BORDER

Five Ways You Can Help the Children

Children should not be dying in our care on the border (or anywhere else, for that matter). The images and reports coming out of detention centers are extremely disturbing. Can we dispel with all political ideology and make space for a few moments of sanity? I am not writing to bash politicians. I’m writing to […]

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HIS KINGDOM OR MINE?

Four Characteristics of the Jesus Kingdom

Dividing the world into good and evil is a seductive temptation. Christians are tempted to create a false “us/them” worldview and then commence to work ruthlessly toward eliminating “them” and building a utopian “Christian” world with just “us.” It begs the questions: What kind of Kingdom did Jesus come to build?   Jesus’ Greatest Temptation […]

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NO MORE CONDEMNATION

How to Live and Love Like Jesus, Part I

Why are Christians so angry? Why are Christians so intolerant? These are a few of the recurring questions we received as we talked to people on the street and posed the question – What questions do you have about Christianity? Interestingly, Most of the questions seemed to center not on what Christians believe but on […]

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CONFRONTATIONAL CULTURE

Three Ways to Confront the World the Way Jesus Did

We live in an increasingly confrontational culture. More and more of our political leaders are taking to twitter causing an avalanche of responses. Technology has given us unprecedented access to each other and equally unprecedented angry conversations. Millions have entered the fray. In the cultural morass that is our world, how do Christians confront a […]

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A GENTLER LIFE

Five Ways to a Gentle Life

The 20th Century was one of the most violent periods in human history. Plagued by two world wars, genocide, infanticide, and holocaust just to name a few, the last century was one we’d like to forget. Jesus called for a gentler way of life. First and foremost, he called us to love each other. How […]

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FEELING OVERWHELMED AGAIN?

Five Things to Remember When Feeling Overwhelmed

Feeling overwhelmed is a natural part of life. Even Jesus felt overwhelmed at times. Expectations, responsibilities, relationships, work, family — it can be debilitating when it all seems to be going poorly. It can bring overwhelming anxiety, frustration, anger, and even depression. But dwelling on those feelings is dangerous.   Five Things to Remember If […]

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