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How to Keep a Sabbath (and Why You Should)


 

 
A number of years ago I asked a medical doctor,  “What is the most common reason people come to see you?”  She talked about a variety of health issues and then said something to the effect of, “While those are the things people come to see me, by far the most common problem I see in my office is depression.  People come to me for other things, but a huge number of them are suffering from depression. It’s just not the presenting condition that brought them in.”

We proceeded to discuss why so many people were depressed.  I proposed that a major contributing factor is that we

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An Intro to Lent and Ways It’s Impacted My Faith [Podcast Episode 22]

Whether you are from a tradition that observes Lent I hope you will listen to today’s podcast. In it I give an overview of Lent, but more importantly I talk about how taking 40 days (whether it’s in Lent or not) can formatively change your faith. I’ve personally been adopting a different spiritual discipline during Lent for over ten years and it has been one of the most important times of spiritual growth and renewal each year.

This post isn’t about dropping chocolate for six weeks or only eating fish on Friday. The post is about how select a focus for your faith and a nurturing a significant spiritual habit can transform anyone’s life. Below are

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Surrounding Yourself with Objects that Reinforce Your Faith

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I spent a summer doing mission work in Alaska when I was in college.  For three months I bounced around the southeast peninsula offering vacation bible school in mostly isolated communities.  I visited my church right before I began and my pastor invited me into his study and said, “Here I have something for you.”  He extended his hand a dropped into my open palm a small silver pocket cross. sany1354 It was the first time I ever saw one of these.  I asked, “Is there some sort of story behind this.”  He replied, “No,

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Trusting God in New Endeavors [Podcast Episode 18]


 
 

Whether you are entering a new year, job, relationship, project or other endeavor, God is bigger than your circumstance and your ability. In this podcast, we’ll see how God worked in the lives of three huge figure of faith: Moses, Joshua, and David. These people of faith faced overwhelming odds and challenges, and yet God was their for them and will be present in your challenges as well. Here is a glimpse at what I cover in today’s podcast.

Through Psalm 121 and the eyes of David we are reminded that God is bigger than circumstance as he asked the question, “I look unto the hills, from where will

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Seven Godly Christmas Gifts [Episode 13]


 

Yesterday was Cyber Monday and a lot of people are in gift buying mode for Christmas. Given the season, I thought it might be nice to slow down and consider gifts we can give as Christians to share our faith or help other people grow in faith. So today’s episode is all about gifts. In the podcast I discuss seven different types of godly gifts and the unique merits each offers. Below are some of the key take-aways.

Intentionally giving godly gifts was something I started doing about five years ago. I decided that year to give at least

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How to Stop Recurring Sin, Part 2


 

 
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In the first part of this two part series on stopping recurring sin we looked at the five elements of repentance and five prayers we can engage in to spiritually attack our sinful desire. If you didn’t listen to that, it was episode 11.

Today, we are going to look at six simple strategies you can use to eliminate recurring sin once and for all. Today’s strategies are intended to cut off or avoid those things that lead us to sin and to help you replace your sin with

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