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The Bible’s 12 Steps to Overcome Depression


I know so many people who deal with the debilitating effects of depression. Family members. Friends. I also have gone through several seasons of depression in my life. Now, I don’t want to oversimplify depression and its effects. I’ve seen the necessity and benefits of helpful medicines for my immediate family members, but I believe they are not the end …

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The Lord Is on Our Side


Praise

The Lord is on our side.  I came across these six little words as I read Psalm 124 this morning. These words are so vital to our lives that the writer, David, asked the people to repeat them. I took some time to simply meditate on these small yet profoundly impacting words. Here are a few of my thoughts. Let’s …

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Silencing the Monkeys in the Banana Tree


Monkey with Banana

I came across a quote in an article by Henri Nouwen recently that made me laugh and then made me think: Your inner life is like a banana tree filled with monkeys jumping up and down.* This is hilarious … and true … and sad. I’m so distracted with so much. Even as I write this, I have Monday Night …

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When Your Picture of Your Daddy Has Been Twisted – Cinda’s Story


I first met Cinda (not her real name) in the apartment building laundry room. I learned quickly that she lived with her boyfriend, Nick, and was taking classes at the University of Cincinnati. My wife, Heidi, and I got to know Cinda and Nick over the next couple years, hanging out with them at the apartment-building pool, playing cards, and …

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What Our Daddy’s Stooping Down to Us Requires from Us


God is a Daddy who lovingly stoops down to us, and that requires something of us. Yesterday, I blogged about this irresistible image of our almighty God bending down to look us in the eyes and listen to us (Psalm 116:2). Our Father does not expect us to do the impossible–to climb our way up to him; the unholy to strive to …

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A Daddy Who Stoops Down


A dad stops what he is doing to bend down and really listen to his child. It’s not that the dad doesn’t have other things on his mind; he certainly does. This dad is making a statement: My child is important. I may have the positional power and persuasion of a parent, but I will stoop down to my child’s level …

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Pay Attention to the Obstacles in Your Life


God is constantly removing obstacles from our path or placing obstacles in our way. Both reveal his compassion and power in our lives.  Psalm 114 describes in beautiful poetic imagery God’s power on Israel’s behalf as they came out of Egypt on a journey to the Promised Land. This psalm shows Almighty God clearing the way for his people, removing …

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Big Buts in the Psalms: The Secret to Real Success


In my reading of the Psalms, I’ve encountered several huge buts. The psalmist usually begins the psalm with a lament about his current circumstances, how bad things are, how everything seems to be falling apart. And then the writer uses this simple, three-letter, transitional word … but.But … and though the situation itself hasn’t changed, the psalmist’s attitude does. His outlook and …

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A Man Named Simon: What we can learn from this man about the bad circumstances of life and how God can make them Good


On this Good Friday, I decided to read Mark’s account of what happened on that Friday when Jesus was sentenced, crucified, died, and buried. I’m not sure why, but today I was struck by one sentence, one verse, in this passage: A man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the country just then, and they forced …

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God Is Calling You to Something New Today!


We love brand new things,  but most of us settle for the same old thing.  Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! (Psalm 96:1, New Living Translation) Today is a new day.This is the beginning of a new week.Today could be the beginning of a new life. In what same old ruts are …

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