Out-live, out-love, out-think, out-die

It has been said that in the early years of the church, Christians conquered the world of their day by out-living, out-loving, out-thinking, and out-dying everyone else. What do you think of that description? When we mine the depths and essential teachings of the Christian faith it makes sense that its adherents would be described […]

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A total loss of heart

“I felt moments away from a total loss of heart.” Can you relate to these words? John Eldredge wrote them in his book, Waking the Dead, but you or I could have written them just as easily. Feel their weight again: “I felt moments away from a total loss of heart.” It’s funny how these […]

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How to Make Difficult Decisions

How do you process your difficult, delicate decisions? Do you write pros and cons lists while weighing out all of the potential scenarios, or do you rely on emotions and gut reactions? Do you feel confident when you make your difficult decisions or do you tend toward frequent second guessing? We all have to answer […]

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The Christmas Anti-Climax

Sometimes in life, it is difficult to tell who is winning and who is losing. Consider Joseph’s stint in slavery, the three Hebrews’ stroll in a fiery furnace, and our Lord’s own trial and crucifixion. Each of these events shouted the defeat of God’s purposes, and yet each of these defeats was actually a doorway […]

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When you are the villain in someone else’s story

When you and I consider the story of our lives, we probably do not self-identify as the villain. In thinking through our histories, most of us identify as the hero of our tale. And that’s good! We are indeed called to model the heroic attributes of sacrifice, courage, and overcoming love. And yet, every story […]

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