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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God is an Artist

Reflections on God's Creation

The first week of my sabbatical was spent with a deep dive into nature — Five days alone with God, reflecting on the colors, contours, and beauty of his creative work. From the mountains of southern Colorado to the canyons of northern Arizona to the forests and beaches of California … God reveals himself as […]

God's Creation

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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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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DID JESUS HATE THE WORLD?

A Christian Response to the World Haters

Some Christians seem to be very angry at the world. There is an interesting dynamic Jesus had with his First Century Palestinian world. He seemed to walk a fine line between living in the world and rising above it. What does Jesus teach us about our attitude toward the world?   Did Jesus Tell us […]

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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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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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OPEN YOUR EYES TO JESUS

Places Where You Can Hear and See Jesus

Some people go through life with their eyes closed. There is a time to close your eyes — moments that demand closed eyes. But most of life was meant to be lived with your eyes wide open. The problem is that you miss so much when your eyes are closed. Jesus went through life with […]

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