WHY DO I HAVE TO “GO TO CHURCH”?

The Irreplaceable Nature of the Christian Church

My parents took me to church every Sunday for the first eighteen years of my life. It wasn’t an option in our family. My parents gave me a lot of things (more than I could ever repay), but as I approach my twilight years, I have come to the realization that the discipline of going […]

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COUCH POTATO CHRISTIAN CHURCH

The Back to Church Imperative in a Post-Pandemic World

According to the best research, it takes 60-70 days to form a new habit. In 2020, most churches in America discontinued live attendance worship services for three to nine months. That’s plenty of time to form a new habit.   The Slow, Reluctant Return to Church Sociologists and historians will be unraveling the ramifications of […]

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WOMEN IN MINISTRY, VOLUME SEVEN

What's In a Name? Maybe Everything.

My parents named me after my Dad’s younger brother. I didn’t have a vote in the matter. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Uncle very much. He has been a second father to me. It’s just that the name has always been difficult to navigate. It’s a Biblical name, but it’s one that you […]

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THE POST-ELECTION CHRISTIAN

Three Ways to Pray for Our Divided Nation

Presidential elections over the last thirty years have been excruciatingly close. Only one president has garnered more than fifty-0ne percent of the popular vote. Most have squeaked their way into the White House by less than three points. This year promises to be another nail-biter. If so, the results of the election could be litigated […]

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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

Learning How to Pray from the Lord's Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May when people are asked: “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. The president is required by law to sign a proclamation each year, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Nothing can stop a praying […]

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THREE POWERFUL MEDITATIONS

Finding Strength in a Time of Crisis

The Coronavirus is spreading through our country, threatening our national health as well as our economy. It would be ridiculous for me to tell you not to be anxious. Anxiety comes with the territory we have entered. What I can give you is a way through the anxiety. One of the most powerful weapons we […]

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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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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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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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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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