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Spiritual Life

Step-by-Step Trust


Jesus calls you and me to follow him on this path of life, and that decision takes trust. Not just that first primary decision to start following him, but also the daily, minute-by-minute, step-by-step decisions to follow him. As I’ve read through the Psalms lately, trust is a continual refrain. In fact, it’s a refrain throughout the Bible. Today in …

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Spiritual Life

Facing Fear? Need Reassurance? Read This!


There are days when life feels so heavy and scary. Let’s face it, even as a Christ-follower and a leader, there are days when you face the future with great fear rather than great faith. I have faced days like these, and today is one of them. As I read through the Psalms, I gain some solace in knowing that …

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Spiritual Life

Stay on the Path!


There’s a basic principle in mountain biking–and life–that I need to relearn once in a while. It’s so basic I tend to overlook it’s vitality. Here it is: Stay on the path.   Mountain biking trails are full of ups and downs, small and large obstacles, rocky climbs and drops … and that’s what makes the ride fun! I can …

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Spiritual Life

Experiencing Excessive Misery and Joy Simultaneously


Can a person experience anguish and joy at the same time? These two emotions are polar opposites, right? This morning as I read Psalm 31, I was surprised a bit by verse 7, written by King David, a man whose sight was blurred because of his tears (v. 9). He said he was dying from grief and misery had drained …

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Spiritual Life

I Need Someone to Teach Me How to Live


I confess, even after 51+ years, I need the Lord to “teach me how to live” (Psalm 27:11). I don’t have this life-thing all figured out yet. I’m reminded of that fact every so often when I think I have everything under control. God knows the best way for me to live. He knows the path ahead of me much …

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Spiritual Life

Life Is All About Timing


I have been praying for God to bring restoration in a personal matter for some time, and it’s difficult to understand sometimes why my prayer seems to go unanswered. Some people are praying for restoration of health or finances or a relationship or a career. And we wonder why God is not moving in the way we are asking him to. …

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Spiritual Life

The Waiting (Is the Greatest Part)


Return to God and wait for him. In my time with God this morning, I came across the vitality of returning to God and waiting for him (Isaiah 30:15). They are repeated throughout his Word so often, it’s important for us to think about this. We return to him because he is our only real hope. He desires a relationship …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

What to Do When Ministry Feels Like It’s Failing – Part 3: Redefine Success


This is the third and last planned post in this three-day series. I introduced the series in Part 1 and talked about the first reason we face failure and what to do about it in Part 2. Today, let’s tackle a second reason we sometimes don’t feel like we’re bearing fruit and what we can do about that. At times, …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

What to Do When Your Ministry Feels Like a Failure – Part 2: Respond When God Initiates


Yesterday I began a 3-part post about how to respond when you are not seeing any fruit in your ministry, small group, or just about anything else you are involved in. Read Part 1 here. In reading Isaiah and considering other Biblical leaders, I see two reasons why we face failure and what to do about each one. Today I’ll …

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