How to Always, Always Have Enough

How to Always, Always Have Enough

On the consumerism-to-contentment spectrum, our culture is wholly tilted toward consumerism. Marketing isn’t a bad thing, in and of itself, but we would be wise to understand that we’re always receiving marketing messages designed to convince us of one...
You Are the Light of the World

You Are the Light of the World

You don’t have to become the light of the world. You already are the light of the world, according to Jesus. It’s your identity. It’s just who you are now. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people...
Be a Weekend Warrior, Not a Weekend Worrier

Be a Weekend Warrior, Not a Weekend Worrier

The word “sabbath” simply means rest, and God made his intentions for mankind pretty clear: we’re to live productive lives for six days and then take one off – a sabbath. Much of what is written in the Old Testament about the sabbath has to do...
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...
You Choose What Stories You Rehearse

You Choose What Stories You Rehearse

When I was a kid, my parents subscribed to a collection of Disney books about all of my favorite characters. Every few weeks, we’d get a new book about Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Pete’s Dragon, or Robin Hood. Then, I’d drive my Mom crazy asking her...
You Choose What You Focus On

You Choose What You Focus On

You rarely get to choose your circumstances. You can’t stop world hunger, pandemics, or global economic conditions. But you can choose what you focus on. Think of your focus as a kind of currency. You can literally only have one conscious thought at a time, so...
Jesus Sees Your Value, Even When You Don’t

Jesus Sees Your Value, Even When You Don’t

As Christians, we often have the tendency to approach God as the rule-giver. We want him to tell us what we’re supposed to do and what we’re not supposed to do so that we can try our best – with a lot of failure along the way – to keep his...
The Underestimated, Secret Power of Humility

The Underestimated, Secret Power of Humility

How does a person become great and powerful? Our usual answers revolve around realizing the goodness within ourselves, overcoming the competition around us, and suppressing all of our weaknesses. God’s plan is the opposite, of course, and it works far better:...
God’s Word for Women: Rise Up!

God’s Word for Women: Rise Up!

The world has had a bit of a history telling women to sit down. To stay quiet. To stay in their place. Jesus has a history of telling women to stand up, to rise up, to speak up. When the woman who touched the hem of his garment to receive healing for her bleeding...
How Jesus Gives Us Confidence

How Jesus Gives Us Confidence

There’s a big difference between confidence and arrogance. Arrogance is rooted in an unhealthy, unholy need to be superior in relationship to other people. Confidence, on the other hand, is rooted in a healthy and positive understanding of who God made us to be...

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