3 Choices for Peaceful Conversations This Christmas

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     Peace on earth. Wouldn’t that be lovely this Christmas? A few moments scanning Facebook or a moment watching the evening news shatters that hope. We’re polarized and divided. Strong opinions seem to be the norm. Very little is … Read More

Praising God in Advance Restores Your Faith and Brings Peace

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I remember that night so well. Swatting unwelcome mosquitoes, I knelt and prayed in the African hospital next to my 18-month-old daughter’s crib. Bethany was sick—verysick. The doctors at the hospital felt baffled and unsure of what to do next. … Read More

The Transformational Power of Remembering

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner. In my experience one of the greatest tools for giving thanks is to remember. I remember a season when ministry was, quite frankly, not going well at all. Criticism was coming from every direction, … Read More

Where Is Shame Hiding?

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Dr. Brené Brown, an author and research professor, has done extensive research on shame. She defines shame as“the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging – something we’ve experienced, … Read More

4 Choices of a Resilient Heart

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Discouragement hits all of us at times. The disappointments and challenges of life leave us feeling drained and dismayed. We’ve all been there. The question is: how do we bounce back from discouragement? The Psalmist David is a remarkable example … Read More

3 Keys to Cultivating a Heart of Hope  

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One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 25. Did you know that it is an acrostic Psalm? The first word of each verse begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Pretty cool, huh? But beyond the poetry of the … Read More

Why Christ in You is Great News!

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  Recently, I read about the great Italian violinist Paganini. One night as he stepped onto the stage he realized he didn’t have his best, most valuable violin. He quickly scurried backstage to see if he could find it, only … Read More

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