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Dancing in the Desert: How to Survive Tough Transitions

Dancing in the Desert: How to Survive Tough Transitions

Reading Time: 5 minutes My first call as a pastor was a disaster. Unknown to me when I accepted the job and we moved to Illinois, the senior pastor of the church was involved in his third or fourth affair. The church was so dysfunctional it continually ignored his sin. They responded to me and my family with hate and blame for demanding they do something about it.

Finding Your True Worth and Identity in a Word

Finding Your True Worth and Identity in a Word

Reading Time: 5 minutes You and I suffer the same snake bite. We question the worth spoken into us by our Creator. By doubting our original design from God, we lost touch with God as Creator. We search for validation in ill-written dictionaries, which cry: find your worth in your accomplishments, your bathroom mirror, your bank account, your philosophy, your social media likes.

Why I’m in Therapy. And Maybe You Should Be Too.

Why I’m in Therapy. And Maybe You Should Be Too.

Reading Time: 5 minutes Notice everyone Jesus blessed is needy. Being blessed is more than a sassy ironic Southern idiom. For Jesus it meant bowing to receive God’s personal touch of grace. We cannot receive God’s blessing standing tall and proud, unwilling to recognize our need for God’s grace. It is admitting I can’t do this alone but I can do it with you.

How to Hope in the New Year

How to Hope in the New Year

Reading Time: 5 minutes When regret becomes chronic, we become bound to the past, a past that no longer is and that we have probably misinterpreted. Hoping backward then leads to anger, anxiety, shame, false guilt, powerlessness, and an inability to make decisions. We become neurotic ghosts.

Waiting on God in the Doctor’s Office

Waiting on God in the Doctor’s Office

Reading Time: 6 minutes I’m not a miracle snob. I’ll take them as they come. I am grateful for the many times God has used modern medicine to deliver a miracle in my life. In 2015 I had a heart attack while in a doctor’s office hooked up to an EKG. God and science saved my life that day.

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