Who Is My Neighbor?

 So the question is: Who is my neighbor? Who is your neighbor? I grew up in the country. Our neighbors lived hundreds of feet from our house. Now, a lot of us live in neighborhoods where houses are close together, or apartment complexes where you’re kind of stacked...

We All Bear the Image of God

I’m writing this just a few days after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, so the United States right now is embroiled in conflict. We’ve had protests and riots and various other things. And it causes me to ask, every time this comes up, why do we...
Real Religion is Faith That Works

Real Religion is Faith That Works

Greg Stier tells the story of encountering a Marilyn Manson fan in a coffee shop who saw his arms filled with Christian books and asked Greg, “You religious or something?” Greg, thinking on his feet, replied, “No man, I can’t stand religious people! They make me want...
If I Could Master One Thing, It Would Be My Tongue

If I Could Master One Thing, It Would Be My Tongue

It’s easy to be religious. All you have to do is perform some rituals. Attend church (or some kind of worship service), give offerings, say some prayers, maybe get baptized and take communion. Easy. It’s hard to be kind when people are not kind to you. It’s hard to...
Seeing Yourself the Way God Sees You

Seeing Yourself the Way God Sees You

My wife has a small mirror she keeps in our master bathroom. It has two sides – one that shows you reality and another that zooms in really close. I don’t like that second side at all. It highlights every flaw and magnifies it! But if there’s a flaw I want to...
The Fruit of Anger is Almost Always Rotten

The Fruit of Anger is Almost Always Rotten

If you’ve been a Christian for a long time, you’ve probably heard two distinct ideas about anger. The first is that anger is sinful (it’s not necessarily). The second is that anger is sinful unless it’s “righteous indignation” over things that are wrong (which is...
The Ultimate Plan for Communicating Better

The Ultimate Plan for Communicating Better

Angie and I talk to a lot of couples about marriage, and one of the most common problems we encounter is the communication conundrum. Spouses really struggle to know how to articulate themselves as well as how to understand each other. Nearly two thousand years ago,...
In Temptation, Hit the Eject Button

In Temptation, Hit the Eject Button

Did you hear about the man who accidentally ejected himself from a fast-flying fighter jet at 1,300 feet off the ground? Yeah, scary! He wasn’t a trained pilot and the flight was a surprise retirement gift from some friends, but when he floated out of his seat due to...
Why You Should Run From Cynicism

Why You Should Run From Cynicism

Do you ever get tired of seeing miracles? Is that even a thing? It was for the Israelites traveling through the wilderness. If you caught yesterday’s reading, you know that the people of Israel all enjoyed the very best of spiritual circumstances. They were all led by...
The Best of Circumstances Can’t  Keep You Safe

The Best of Circumstances Can’t Keep You Safe

When it comes to the subject of winning over temptation, the Apostle Paul tries to prepare us well. He even gives us a historical example of how sin has a tendency to slowly take over our lives, even under the best of circumstances. For I do not want you to be...

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