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He Is Not Convicting You

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If you are a Christian and are struggling with feelings of guilt over sins you’ve committed, then you need to stop it. Yes, I said, “Stop it!“ Maybe you think by feeling guilty you are somehow helping to pay for your sins. But this is not biblical and it’s certainly not the gospel of grace […]

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Get out of Your Head and into Your Heart

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Three years ago at this time, I was going through hard, hard circumstances on several different levels: health, family, and ministry. My emotions were raw, and the anxiety was so bad at times that I broke out in hives. Super spiritual, right? I am so thankful that Jesus was faithful, loving me right out of […]

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Your Settled Significance in Christ

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True confession. Because of my fear of failure, I dropped out of college twice before I started the third time and stayed the course, earning my Bachelor of Science in Mathematics for Secondary Education. I made straight A’s in high school and couldn’t bear the thought of making anything less than perfect in college. And […]

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How God is Changing Lives through Fifty Days in His Pursuing Love Devotional

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In last week’s blog post, “What’s So Good about Friday, Part 1,” I told you that this week’s post would be Part 2. Sorry, but I won’t be sharing that today. Instead, I want to let you know how God is already changing lives through my newest book, Fifty Days in His Pursuing Love Devotional, […]

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What’s So Good about Friday? Part 1

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Today is Good Friday, the day when Christians around the world remember and reflect on Jesus Christ’s crucifixion at Calvary over 2,000 years ago. It might seem strange to some that we would refer to the unspeakable suffering that Christ went through on our behalf as “good.” But if He hadn’t gone to the cross, […]

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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 […]