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How Do We Love God?

How Do We Love God?

I like to evaluate my actions or behaviors through the lens of whether or not they are consistent with loving God and loving others. Loving Others I think I have a pretty good idea of what it means to love others. Loving others is difficult to do in practice. But I...
Do We Get “3 Free Sins”?

Do We Get “3 Free Sins”?

I finished reading an interesting book called “3 Free Sins” by Steve Brown, and I’m curious to hear your thoughts about it. The basic idea of the book is that Christians are usually focused on “getting better.” We get obsessive about not...
How Many Loaves Do You Have?

How Many Loaves Do You Have?

I remember listening to a sermon series about the questions of Jesus. We often focus on the teachings of Jesus, or the actions of Jesus. But Jesus also asked some very powerful questions during his three years of ministry. These questions forced his listeners to...
How to Help Without Enabling: 5 Key Steps

How to Help Without Enabling: 5 Key Steps

A common dilemma in life is how to help without enabling. Here’s what I mean: It’s natural to want to help others who are in need. We all need help sometimes, and it’s important to use our time, money, and resources to help people who are struggling. Also, if you...
What is the Payoff of Your Religion?

What is the Payoff of Your Religion?

I’d like to do something a little different today and share a parable by the theologian Peter Rollins. (Note: The language in the parable is framed toward Christians, but if that’s not your tradition, try to substitute language from your own religious or cultural...
Leave Judgment for God

Leave Judgment for God

As human beings, we have a bad habit of judging others. It’s easy to do. We see someone who is doing something we view as bad, or living their life in a way we disapprove. So we look down on them. We criticize them. We think they should be making better decisions or...
Why It’s Important to Show Our Scars

Why It’s Important to Show Our Scars

None of us gets through life unscathed. We all experience pain, struggle, and difficulty. Some of us go through more, and some go through less. But pain and struggle are universal to the human experience. There are parts of us that are broken, dinged, and scratched...
What To Do When You’re Stuck in the Saturday

What To Do When You’re Stuck in the Saturday

The season of Easter is a focal point of the Christian faith, because it marks the death and resurrection of Jesus. For Christians, the death of Jesus is associated with sacrifice and the ability to be forgiven of our sins. The resurrection of Jesus is associated with...
4 Keys to Comforting Others in Trouble

4 Keys to Comforting Others in Trouble

As a counselor, one of my favorite Bible verses is 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. Here’s what it says: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort...
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