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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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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CHRISTIANS AND EARTH DAY

Should Christians Participate in Earth Day?

Monday was Earth Day. Once again, I’m behind. Several have asked if we (as Christians) should observe Earth Day? My short answer is: Sure, why not? What does the Bible have to say about our responsibility to care for the earth?   The Dilemma I get why many Christians bristle at the idea of observing […]

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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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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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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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DEATH IN NEW ZEALAND

Four Christian Reflections on Violence

Fifty people died in shooting attacks last Friday at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Another fifty were wounded. Our world seems to be dying in a sea of violence and hatred. What did Jesus really say about the kind of systemic hatred and violence that seems to be engulfing our […]

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