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How to Rejoice in Suffering

How to Rejoice in Suffering

There’s an interesting passage in Paul’s letter to the church in Rome where he encourages his readers to rejoice in their suffering. I’ve always struggled with this idea, because it seems out of touch with reality. I don’t know anyone who likes to suffer. When I’m...
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...
5 Steps to Better Sleep

5 Steps to Better Sleep

The other night, I was struggling to fall asleep. I don’t know about you, but I get really frustrated when I can’t fall asleep. I know I’m tired, and I know I need my sleep. But for some reason, I’m tossing and turning in bed, restless. I look at the alarm clock and...
Sometimes Just Showing Up is a Win

Sometimes Just Showing Up is a Win

I finished my CrossFit workout this morning, and I felt exhausted. It was a challenging workout, and I’ve been struggling to get back in shape following an injury. Throughout the workout, I basically just felt like I was surviving and struggling to get through it. I...
What Are You Willing to Suffer For?

What Are You Willing to Suffer For?

When trying to figure out a direction for your life and career, people often ask themselves questions such as “What is my passion?” or “What am I most interested in?” You might be asking yourself some of these questions right now. The Wrong Question If you really want...
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...
When Storms Hit, Be Like the Palm Tree

When Storms Hit, Be Like the Palm Tree

I remember listening to Joel Osteen give a talk a couple years ago, and he shared an idea that has always stuck with me. Walking Through Difficulty and Struggle He was talking about how to walk through difficulties and struggles. I know there are times when I struggle...
What’s at Risk?

What’s at Risk?

Have you ever been in a situation where you really wanted to make a change, but couldn’t seem to do it? This can be very frustrating. It seems like the motivation to make the change is there, but there is something under the surface that holds you back. What’s at...
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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