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In John Maxwell’s “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” he talks about the Law of the Lid. It states that your abilities determine your effectiveness. The lower or fewer your abilities are, the…

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What You’ll Find Inside Your Bible

Last week I wrote that many Christians try to handle the Bible as if it were God’s great encyclopedia—a topical index of human problems and divine solutions. But you won’t get very…

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What to Do When You Don’t Understand What God is Doing

By Erica Barthalow on May 14, 2021 10:21 am I stared at the email, beautifully and kindly worded but nevertheless soul-crushing. It was the period at the end of a season that…

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The Effects of Toxic Parents and 5 Steps to Healing

The effects of toxic parents take root in childhood. But, the problems aren’t always identified until well into adulthood. Toxic parents can create situations where a child is overly criticized, devoid of…

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Becoming People of Prayer

How much time do you spend in prayer each day? I once read that D.L. Moody spent up to 8 hours a day in prayer. That has always challenged me. I’ve been…

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I know the first reaction of many to the prior phrase is that it is mere “click bait”.  It’s not. I literally mean, everyone longs to be naked.  If we go back…

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Where Can We Turn for Certain Hope in Uncertain Days?

Where do you go for hope? Where do you turn when the world feels upside down? What comforts you when life goes off the rails?  Here are four truths from scripture that…

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Internet Outrage, Public Shaming, and the Modern-Day Pharisee Phenomenon

New York Times writer Tim Kreider coined the term, “Outrage Porn,” to describe what he sees as our culture’s insatiable search for things to be offended by. Based on hundreds of comments and…

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The Valley of Blessing

In 2 Chronicles 20, several armies declared war against King Jehoshaphat at the same time. It says he was terrified when he heard the news. He immediately began to beg The Lord…

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Stand Strong

One of my favorite people in the Bible is Gideon. I’m reminded of his story so often because I find myself in need of all the lessons it teaches. In Judges 6,…

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