Words of Comfort: God Who Suffers With Us

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.” As I was praying yesterday, I recalled these words from the prophet Isaiah. In the context of the passage, the prophet …

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More Reflections on Living a Simplified Life

A few days ago, I shared three guaranteed steps that will help you live a simplified life: Pursue Justice, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with your God (Micah 6.8). What do these things look like? Pursue Justice: For me, seeking justice means overturning systems of injustice. It means putting an end to the oppression and …

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The One Thing You Will Never Lose

After a long but rewarding afternoon, I finally sat this evening to pray. And no sooner than I had, my daughter who should have been sleeping started to cry. And then I started to remember all of the things that I had to do, the lists that I told myself I would accomplish before the …

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Just for Today: My Life’s Theme Song

Have you ever had a song that keeps ringing back in your head no matter what situation or circumstance that you find yourself in? I mean, it doesn't matter if you are happy, sad, floating on cloud nine or feel like you are sinking in Lake Michigan - this song just keeps coming back to …

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What a Little Oil Could Do For You

When prompted to do something, we all have a tendency to tell God and others that we do not have enough resources to do that thing instead of reaching out and taking hold of it. If we are starting a new project at church, wanting to reach those in our community, we tell ourselves that …

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Life Transitions When You Don’t Think You Are Ready

This past weekend, my 20 month old daughter decided to do something she had never done before - climb out of her crib! I mean I had seen her try to in the past but never in a million years did I ever think that she would actually do it. When I got up to …

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Making Sense of God When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

How would your life be transformed if… …the answers to your questions about faith, God and life no longer made sense, you discovered that happiness and success were not guaranteed, you struggled to make sense of the hurt, pain and disappointment you ever encountered? Would you... …give up, become apathetic, keep dancing? As for me, …

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