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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LIFE-GIVING SLEEP

The Incredible Power of Sleep

I had a hard time sleeping for the first week of my sabbatical. Restlessness and anxiety kept me tossing and turning. And then, like a switch turning off, suddenly I slept and slept and slept. Like a baby, as they say, I pushed through the anxiety and found the rhythm of REM sleep. Eight full […]

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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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SCRIPTURE FOR HARD TIMES

A 5-Step Process for Drawing Strength from Scripture

Life can be a bit of a roller coaster at times. There may be seasons of stability – times when everything seems to be running smoothly – but, those seasons are always interrupted by the natural bend of life toward chaos and disruption. Here’s a 31-day Scripture reading plan specifically for those months that you […]

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THE PARALYZING EMOTIONS

Five Biblical Ways to Deal with Difficult Emotions

Emotions often seem to rule daily life. We make decisions based on whether we are happy, angry, sad, bored, or frustrated. We choose activities and hobbies based on the emotions they incite. They drive how we feel much of the time. So, what does the Bible say about emotions and how we can handle them […]

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Powerful Morning Prayers

Seven Prayers to Start Your Day with God

Are you a morning person? We live in a culture that is increasingly time conscious. We realize that we cannot create time, we can only manage what we fill it with. No matter what your schedule looks like — No matter what time your day starts and ends — it’s important to start it with […]

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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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FAITH AND MENTAL ILLNESS

5 Helpful Reminders for Those Who are Suffering

Mental health is big news these days. Advocacy groups are working hard to secure the rights of those who suffer from debilitating mental health issues. Unfortunately, there is still a silencing stigma associated with mental health. Where is the church? What would Jesus do for the person suffering from poor mental health?   Jesus and […]

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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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CHEATER! CHEATER!

Three BIG Problems with Cheating

The college entrance cheating scam has probably just scratched the surface. If it was happening at the elite universities so far discovered, it’s probably happening at others. Some are justifiably outraged. I think a lot of people are shrugging their shoulders and saying, no big surprise. Money doesn’t talk – it screams. What did Jesus […]

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