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October 13, 2014

God’s will: you’re doing it wrong? (Because it’s easier than you think.)

If you’re like me, you spend time and maybe even worry trying to figure out what God’s will is. What is God’s will for my life, my family, my church, etc.? Anybody who wants to make their life better–whether in general or in the midst of bad consequences–has probably wrestled with that question. Just what is God’s will?? Well, we shouldn’t really have to ask what it is, because it’s easy to find out. We should just ask how to do it better.

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May 30, 2014

“Don’t Make Me Come Over There”: 4 Tips for Handling Conflict

“Conflict raises important issues to the surface. It is how you manage conflict or don’t manage it that can make it a problem.” That tells us that conflict handled with maturity can lead to blessings, but it’s the immature kind of conflict that we can’t stand

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May 9, 2014

Editing the Bible?

Editing the Bible?

Thomas Jefferson is one of our most founding-est of Founding Fathers. He wrote the Declaration of Independence, and he was a master of agriculture, architecture, and many other subjects. He was also a very devoted follower of Jesus’ teachings. So why did his political opponents in 1800 call him a “howling atheist”? Well, probably because of things like this: he cut out parts of the Bible!

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March 20, 2014

Church: Make Sure Everyone’s Included

Church: Make Sure Everyone's Included

I recently learned about a conference in England last summer intended to help people think about how churches can enable disabled people to be more involved in the life and mission of the church. The speakers were disabled themselves or worked closely with people who were–areas like physical disabilities, the deaf, autism, blindness, and learning disabilities, for […]

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December 30, 2013

Bad Break Ups

No matter how nice you are, there’s always going to be people who manage to get on your nerves. It can be co-workers, supervisors, neighbors, frenemies, or even family members over the dinner table during Christmas. But what if there are people at your church that rub you the wrong way?

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December 11, 2013

Farms, Food, and Faith

Farms, Food, and Faith

“Everybody eats.” There’s no getting around it, but for a long time, many people didn’t think about where their food comes from, but that’s beginning to change. I was reading an article, called “Ministries blending food and faith,” which said this: There’s a dawning awareness among Baptists and other Christians that agriculture, the environment, and theology are […]

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November 26, 2013

Christianity is for the Dogs

Christianity is for the Dogs

Amazingly, we can learn to be better Christians by studying the evolution of dogs. Weird, right? Apparently, between 12,000 and 40,000 years ago, the wild wolf was domesticated into the common dog. But how did that happen? How did some parts of a species go from ruthless predators to cute fluffy balls of fur that snuggle with us on the couch? And what does that have to do with being a Christian?

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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 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 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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