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God’s Reminder on Our Mountain Vacation

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There’s just something about the mountains. When we’re thinking “vacation,” sandy white beaches and theme parks never enter our minds. It’s almost as if we hear God whisper, “Come and get away from your daily routines and just rest.” “Rest in Me.” “And receive.” “Allow yourself to be inspired.” “Let Me love you unconditionally.” “Be […]

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5 Signs the Christian Song You’re Listening to Is Polluted

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If you subscribe to my blog and/or have been following my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, then you probably already know that I’m a devoted fan of the Christian band MercyMe. They have recently made headline news due to the fact that the movie based on the story behind their smash hit single, “I Can Only Imagine,” […]

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Why Many Christians Aren’t Enjoying Intimacy with Christ

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Over the last fifteen years, I’ve enjoyed leading several Bible studies focused on how to enjoy greater intimacy with Christ. At the beginning of the opening session, I ask the participants complete a questionnaire so that I can find out what they hope to gain from the study. The last question is: “In your life, […]

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Groundhog Day & Grace

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Happy Groundhog Day! I’m not sure which will be more on the minds of most Americans today: the hilarious 1993 movie starring Bill Murray or whether or not Punxsutawney Phil, that famous 132-year-old furry forecaster, saw his shadow this morning. Just in case you don’t know, Groundhog Day is not a national holiday. It became […]

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How to Master the Art of Enjoying Jesus

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With head bowed and eyes closed, the prayer group member’s heart sank as they listened to their leader communicate the idea that “experiencing Jesus” and “enjoyment” are two mutually exclusive events. They thought, Ugh! It’s prayers like these that take the wind out of the sails of believers who are passionate about their relationship with […]

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This Ghost Is Way Friendlier Than Casper!

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Do you remember when there were only three TV channels and Saturday mornings were reserved for watching cartoons while eating your favorite breakfast cereal? One of my favorite cartoons was ABC’s Casper the Friendly Ghost. Casper wasn’t like the other members of his family and his friends. He didn’t like scaring people at all. In […]

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Christian, Which Spiritual Season Are You In?

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I am so grateful to live in a part of the world that experiences the four distinct seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Autumn is my favorite because of the cooler temperatures and the gorgeous foliage. Just as we experience the changing natural seasons, we are also subject to changing experiential seasons in our […]

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Christian, Heaven Is Here & Now!

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Christian, what if I told you that you are already in Heaven—that you don’t have to wait until you pass from this life to go there? I understand if your brain is going tilt-tilt right now. Mine did too when I first heard this sounds-too-good-to-be-true news. But then again, the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ […]

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Don’t Throw in the Towel!

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Have you ever felt like a featherweight in this boxing match called life? Are you being pounded by a daunting heavyweight opponent, also known as the pain and suffering that come from living in this fallen world? If so, you don’t want to miss this post on the message in “We Win,” the seventh track on […]

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Bye-Bye Lies!

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The first time I heard “Hello Beautiful,” the sixth track on MercyMe’s album Lifer was in the spring of 2017. I had my earbuds in while I was walking around my neighborhood savoring the emergence of new life in its vibrant shades of green. The song right before it was “Even If,” Lifer‘s debut, award-winning single. (I […]