2016 is Spent and What of It?

The closing of a year always pulls me into a serious day of reflection. I look back. I consider. I ask questions. It’s a process of evaluation—I want to recognize where I’ve wasted opportunities so that I can be mindful and more careful in the future, but also I want to take time to worship God and offer gratitude for what He’s done in the twelve months behind us.

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Inviting You to Experience Joy

Every fall you hear the same message from me: “Begin seeking God for what your spiritual focus should be next year!” I issue that challenge because an intentional pursuit of God brings the joy of knowing Him more intimately. And there is nothing better than that. So actually, I’m inviting you to experience joy!

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Battling the Deadly Night Stalker

It moves silently through the night, inches up close without making a sound, and suddenly (usually between 2 and 4 a.m.) it peels back the cozy covers of sleep and rouses you awake with a start. Worry is like that. You can be snoozing and comfortably happy and suddenly it pounces on you—destroying your best hours of sleep! I hope you don’t think that I’ve conquered the worry battle, because...

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Grabbing Onto Hope

If you were to buy a lottery ticket, which I don’t recommend, you would buy that ticket with the hope of winning the jackpot. Your hope would be based on a very uncertain probability and in order for you to actually win, everyone else would have to lose. So if your “hope” actually came to pass, it would disappoint everyone else who was hoping for the same thing—they would lose, you would...

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Giving You Some Worry-Abolishing Truth!

When your heart is overwhelmed with fear, hearing the counsel to “Just trust God” can seem a bit unrealistic and even unsympathetic. But actually, intentionally moving your heart to a place of trust is the safest, most reasonable and realistic thing you can do. Trusting God requires something, it is a hard choice. But truly “trusting God” can only happen when you know His...

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