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Encourage “You”

Encourage “You”

A few years ago, I helped lead a college mission trip to Guatemala through my church. We partnered with Habitat for Humanity, and spent a week working on building two houses. Over the course of the trip, one of the things I felt God leading me to do was to recognize...
Don’t Feel Too Much Pressure to Find God’s Will

Don’t Feel Too Much Pressure to Find God’s Will

I was talking with a student awhile back at a conference, and she was feeling some anxiety about her future and what she should do with her life. She was just getting started in a counseling graduate program, and although she was excited, she wasn’t sure what kind of...
3 Lessons from the Rajneeshees

3 Lessons from the Rajneeshees

My wife and I just finished watching a fascinating documentary called “Wild, Wild Country.” It follows the story of a cult called the Rajneeshees, who travel from India and settle in Antelope, Oregon, where they build a commune (basically a small town) from scratch....
Richard Rohr, Spiritual Growth, and Letting Go

Richard Rohr, Spiritual Growth, and Letting Go

I’ve read a lot of self-help books over the years, and many of them talk about the idea of “letting go.” For a long time, this attitude kind of annoyed me. If I was anxious or frustrated about something, the last thing I wanted to do was let it go. Instead, I wanted...
Why You Should Seek Out Problems

Why You Should Seek Out Problems

Most of us try to avoid or escape from our problems. I’m guilty of this as much as anyone. In my relationship with my wife, for example, I don’t like it when we’re having an argument. I want to keep the peace. In my work, I get frustrated when I’m facing a difficult...
4 Questions to Help You Live a Great Story

4 Questions to Help You Live a Great Story

Part of my job as a professor is to review manuscripts for academic journals. A journal editor sends me an article in my area of expertise, and it’s my job to give an opinion about whether or not the journal should publish the paper. I recently finished reviewing a...
How to Say No: 5 Key Strategies

How to Say No: 5 Key Strategies

Many of us struggle with saying no. For example, maybe your friend asked you to do something. You really don’t want to do it, but you feel bad saying no. Or maybe you were asked to volunteer for something at church or work. It’s not really in your area of purpose or...
What is God’s Will For My Life?

What is God’s Will For My Life?

A lot of us struggle to figure out God’s will for our lives. Maybe you’re in college, uncertain about what the future holds. Or maybe you’re considering a career change. You’re not feeling settled where you are at, and you’re wondering if God has something different...
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