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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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When a Father Wound Defines You

I have said it before and I will say it again. I am comforted—deeply so—by the fact that God put so many misfits and insecure people in the Bible and then accomplished…

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Bring on the Substitute

If you are interested in sports, the term substitute might imply “second-best” in your vocabulary. Those who are not included in the starting five for basketball or the starting eleven for soccer…

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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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What is Healthy Faith vs. Spiritual Bypassing?

Events in the world have been hard. And, when things get hard, our faith gets tested. So, what does healthy faith look like when it feels like the world is falling apart?…

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Words Can Hurt: 8 Ways We Wound Others

2020 will be known for many things. But it won’t be remembered as the Year of Thoughtful Words. Careful and kind communication seem rare these days. In the culture, media, and the church,…

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