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Should You Make Plans for Your Dreams?

August 29, 2014

Should You Make Plans for Your Dreams? A couple years ago I wondered about something that maybe you have wondered about too: When someone has a purpose or something they want to accomplish, is it okay with God to make plans? Maybe you are familiar with two popular positions related to this question. Some people say that it’s not okay to make [...]

Selfie Wonder

August 28, 2014

Selfie Wonder I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14) In today’s age of non-stop selfies, I wonder how we can read this verse and receive it without becoming conceited at the same time. Back when I memorized it as a child, it [...]

What to Do When Life Stinks

August 27, 2014

What to Do When Life Stinks Last week I drove from Atlanta, Georgia to a suburb on the west side of Chicago, Illinois with a minivan jammed full of my possessions. Once I arrived, I was immediately grateful for the new town I will become a resident of after I marry on September 6. It’s a little slice of American history [...]

3 Ways Goals Make Your Life Better

August 26, 2014

3 Ways Goals Make Your Life Better The view was incredible. Driving up the coastal highway was like scrolling through an Instagram feed of one amazing view after another. The salty ocean breeze swirled through the car’s open windows. My eyes stayed glued to the deep blue ocean accented with whitecaps along the shore. My mind wandered to how beautiful the scene [...]

5 Reasons to Rejoice, Not Worry

August 25, 2014

5 Reasons to Rejoice, Not Worry Just after instructing us to rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 4:4), Paul wrote in verse 6, “Do not be anxious about anything.” Worry is a kill-joy. It specializes in worst case scenarios when God promises us best case scenarios: 1. He has already rescued us from the worst, which is eternal Hell; 2. Even if [...]

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A Spiritual Lesson from An Airport Layover

August 22, 2014

A Spiritual Lesson from An Airport Layover One afternoon last week I was cranky. It started out as a feel-good day when I boarded a flight, but things went haywire after I landed in Chicago for a layover. My one hour stop turned into a four hour delay and—I hate to admit—I was not a happy camper. Maybe it was because I [...]

“Someday” Is Today

August 21, 2014

“Someday” Is Today When you’ve had an encounter with death — a near-death experience of your own or the sudden passing of a loved one — it inevitably leads to a few essential questions: What is life all about, anyway? Why am I alive . . . and what am I really living for? In other words, what [...]

You Have Hope!

August 20, 2014

You Have Hope! In conversations every day, everywhere, people express their desires. “I hope I get to go on vacation.” “I hope I don’t lose my job.” “I hope that I get married.” In our world, the word “hope” is used to describe a sort of wish, a “maybe-it-will-happen, maybe-it-won’t” kind of thing. This worldly hope is no [...]

More Than We Imagine

August 19, 2014

More Than We Imagine Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV) Have you ever felt a spiritual tap on [...]

Fieldtrip to a Junkyard

August 18, 2014

Fieldtrip to a Junkyard How can we teach our children the emptiness of materialism in a direct and memorable way? Take them to a garage sale and show them how things that people spent great amounts of money on are now sold for pennies. Or, take them to visit a dump or junkyard. It can actually be a great [...]

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