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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LIVING IN THE PRESENT

Five Ways to Not Let Life Pass You By

It’s hard to live in the now. Life is moving so quickly these days that it seems to zoom by at head-spinning speed. In spite of that, now is all we’re guaranteed. How can I change that? How can I make sure that life doesn’t pass me by?   Living in the Now I’ve never […]

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CHRISTIAN CELEBRATION

Seven Ways to Practice Celebration

The latest polls indicate that the popularity of Jesus is on the rise, while that of his followers is in rapid decline. The world looks at Christians and doesn’t see anything very attractive. In part, there are too many angry Christians who walk around with a frown on their faces. That’s unfortunate because one of […]

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STARVING FOR GUIDANCE

The Desperate Need for Spiritual Guidance

We live in a culture starving for guidance. The life coaching and mentoring business rakes in millions and millions each year. People are desperate for help in this fast-paced, crazy world where they are having to make life-changing decisions at the speed of light. How does the spiritual discipline of guidance help?   Guidance as […]

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WORSHIP AS DISCIPLINE

Seven Steps to Experience True Worship

Worship is probably the most familiar of the Spiritual Disciplines. Part of our history as a country was the fight for the freedom to worship God without government interference. The ability to express our love for God in our own heart language is essential to our spiritual health. God loves to hear our worship. What […]

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