The Secret to Being “At Peace” with Life

The Secret to Being “At Peace” with Life

Fear, worry, and anxiety are all cousins. Fear is our reaction to something that intimidates us. Worry is what happens when we dwell on our fears. And anxiety is when worry works its way into our very physiology. And in our culture, we’re very anxious. The big...
4 Attitudes You Can Choose Today

4 Attitudes You Can Choose Today

Sometimes God takes me back to kindergarten, spiritually speaking. I spend time reading theological treatises, but I sometimes forget the most basic and simple of truths. Here’s one of those basic truths I sometimes struggle with: We choose our attitudes. We...
The Rare and Valuable Gift of Gratitude

The Rare and Valuable Gift of Gratitude

Researchers agree with what has been written in scripture for two thousand years – gratitude is powerful! Expressing thanks actually releases endorphins in our brains that cause us to feel happiness. One of the most valuable practices you can get into is the...
How to Lead More People into Giving Thanks to God

How to Lead More People into Giving Thanks to God

It’s been said that missions exists because worship doesn’t. That is to say, because so many people don’t yet have a personal relationship with Jesus, out of which praise and worship naturally flow, we keep going with the good news to as many people...
Give, Because God Can Totally Take Care of You

Give, Because God Can Totally Take Care of You

One of the biggest roadblocks to experiencing God’s blessings in our lives is our lack of generosity, which is so often the fruit of our fear. We’re afraid of letting go of what we have and trusting that God will supernaturally provide something we...
Become a More Positive Person Overnight with These Three Practices

Become a More Positive Person Overnight with These Three Practices

The older I get, the more I realize just how important my attitude is to the direction my life takes. I didn’t decide where I would be born, or in what time period. I can’t control the weather, the economy, or the outcome of any political election… at least not...
How to Turn Thanksgiving Into a Lifestyle

How to Turn Thanksgiving Into a Lifestyle

I love Thanksgiving. I like the time with family and friends. I like the meals (although I think steak would make me feel more thankful than turkey). And I like really like that we take a moment to articulate our gratitude. As I reflect on God’s blessings on my...
How to Go from "Poor Me" to "Praise God"

How to Go from "Poor Me" to "Praise God"

Difficulties are inevitable. Job, who suffered far more than most people will ever endure said, “People are born for trouble as readily as sparks fly up from a fire.” (Job 5:7 NLT) You can’t control the weather, the stock market, or the decisions...
Reasons I'm Thankful for My Wife

Reasons I'm Thankful for My Wife

Today is the day before Thanksgiving. In years past, I’ve gotten to spend this day with my family, either in the car traveling, or with extended family. I miss that today! I’m sitting in my office at Saddleback, which I enjoy, but not nearly as much as...

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