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My Kids are Home — How to Triumph and Not Tremble

COVID-19 Update: God is on the move A friend from my church works at a supermarket. When an elderly woman realized she didn’t have enough money for her groceries, people started passing cash down the line to cover the bill. A woman started singing, “God is on the Move,” and others joined in!   We […]

Grow your faith with your phone

22 Ways to Skyrocket Your Faith by Using Your Phone

Can’t put down your phone? Get nervous and start to sweat if your phone is missing? Don’t worry; I’m not going to criticize you. Rather, let’s use your unhealthy compulsion (Ooh, not fair?) constructively. Instead of losing an hour in the blink of an eye (“Wait. What time is it?”), use your phone for good. […]

Share your heart

Share Your Heart When You Hurt

It’s laborious to find the right words when experiencing grief and loss, yet healthy communication is a powerful tool for people in pain. When we have questions about faith and God’s involvement—or apparent lack thereof—it helps to process what we feel by identifying a feeling with a word or phrase. And for times when words […]

Don't buy the lie.

Which Lie Do You Believe?

Followers of Jesus are to live differently. We are to pursue holiness, love others, make disciples, and more. Probably the attribute that should best describe us is that we admit we frequently fall short in all of the above areas. Fortunately, Jesus loves and forgives us, despite our misdeeds. The bad news is our enemy […]

Eugene Peterson

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Here are some highlights from books I’ve recently read or am currently reading… (And if you want some additional quotes, click here.) This post contains affiliate links. If you click and make a purchase, I’ll get a commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own. Peterson, Eugene H. A Long Obedience […]

10 Important Questions to Ask When Exploring Faith with God

10 Important Questions to Ask When Exploring Faith with God (Part 2)

Questions help us explore the unknown, scrutinize our understanding, investigate our surroundings, deepen our relationships, and more. Here are five more important questions to ask when exploring faith with God. Did you miss Part 1? Click here. This post contains affiliate links. If you click and make a purchase, I’ll get a commission at no extra […]

10 Important Questions to Ask When Exploring Faith with God

10 Important Questions to Ask When Exploring Faith with God (Part 1)

Thinking about God and whether or not he’s real or can be trusted? Ask some questions–questions are our friends. Before taking a step of faith, count the cost, and do some exploring. Don’t be intimidated or frustrated by your questions. Let them motivate you to seek answers. Jesus welcomes your pursuit and claims that when you […]

Small group checklist

Overcome Fear: A Checklist for Your New Small Group

Small groups are invaluable — life change happens best in community. Still, a step of faith is always required when starting one. But that doesn’t mean the experience has to overwhelm you. Use this new small group checklist to overcome fear or concerns. This post contains affiliate links. If you click and make a purchase, I’ll […]

A dozen ideas to make you a powerful couple

A Dozen Ideas to Make You a Powerful Couple

When Janine and I were first married, I remembered hearing an older couple say how they were in love more that day than when they first got married. A sweet sentiment, I thought, but how is that possible? Aren’t the most vibrant and passionate years in the beginning…and then you hang on to the end? […]

Shift the Burden of “I Can’t” to “God Can”

Shift the Burden of “I Can’t” to “God Can”

One of the strategic invitations our church offers—and this website endorses—is participating in a disciple-making group. It’s something every Jesus-follower should experience as a participant, as a leader, and, eventually, as a coach. Most are intrigued, but few participate. There are numerous reasons people say they can’t. I’m going to highlight three and suggest shifting […]

Stop reading your Bible and start engaging it

Stop reading your Bible and Start Engaging It

As we approach the new year, I want you to think beyond goals and resolutions and focus on breaking a bad habit. Stop reading the Bible. It’s a dangerous habit and could be a waste of time. This post contains affiliate links. If you click and make a purchase, I’ll get a commission at no […]