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October 2013
October 30, 2013

Hearing Aids

Arguments are unpleasant. They make us angry, devolve to shouting matches, and usually don’t actually solve the problem that started them. If we never listen to why the issue was important to the other person, then we’ll never be able to resolve the conflict. So instead of arguing, we should try listening instead.

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October 28, 2013

Comforting Those Who Mourn

Suicide is such a sad hard issue that friends and family might stay silent because they are uncomfortable and don’t know what to say. That’s understandable, but we shouldn’t let our feeling awkward keep us from showing God’s love to a person/family who desperately needs it.

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October 25, 2013

“Us” v. “Them”

"Us" v. "Them"

Helping people is hard to do. Before you even start, it takes a lot of maturity to actually want to help people in need, because it means taking something that you have (whether money, time, resources, energy, whatever) and giving it to someone else who needs it. But then it’s even hard to know how to help: you don’t want to help out the “wrong” way, and you certainly don’t want to make things worse. So what do you do?

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October 24, 2013

Church: The Next Generation

Church: The Next Generation

One young adult Christian laments, “The most frustrating part of being a Millennial is that my church does not understand me.” Yikes! Is it even possible to understand them? (Hint: Yes! And we’re in a good position to do it.)

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October 23, 2013

Dear God, “Gimme, gimme!”

Dear God, "Gimme, gimme!"

While I usually don’t like to reduce the awesome, wondrous, mysterious ways that God works into a sound byte, there is one piece of such “bumper sticker theology” that is a good reminder of truth for us: “God is not an ATM machine.” So often we treat God solely as the Great Giver in the […]

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October 22, 2013

God in the Grocery Store?

God in the Grocery Store?

You never know when God’s Holy Spirit will move. You never know who it will move through. It might be the person you least expect in a place you’d least expect.. But surely not the checkout line at the grocery store, right?

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October 18, 2013

Leaving the Church

Leaving the Church

There’s a new book out called Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore. It examines why average church attendance in America has been continually dropping for decades. So what can we do about it? Should it bother us? And how can we make our church one that is alive with the Holy Spirit?

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October 17, 2013

Following Jesus: Crazy, Hard

Our lives will be better the more we follow Jesus. We know that and we say it, but it’s actually hard to put it into practice because the way of Jesus is totally different from the rest of the world. For the first people who followed Jesus, his disciples, he called them to a life […]

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October 16, 2013

Being Civil is Christlike

Being Civil is Christlike

If there’s one thing we know about the Pharisees, is that they were the bad guys, right?… Well, maybe not so much. We step into murky waters when we start to label a person or group as “bad” just because we disagree with them. Even the Pharisees were trying really hard to follow God’s rules; they […]

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October 15, 2013

Living in Christ

The book of Colossians says, “Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him” (Col 2:6). Oh okay… but that means we need to know about how we “received” Jesus, and then figure out how to “live in him.” That is the lifelong process of growth and spiritual maturity […]

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