It really doesn’t have to ruin you!

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Stress is a daily part of life. It is normal! However, there are seasons of heightened stress. What do you do with that?

Stress keeps us productive and moves us forward! Without a manageable amount of stress, we wouldn’t be motivated to be productive. Too much stress, however, can negatively affect our health, our relationships, our work, our happiness, and everything about our lives!

Since entire books have been dedicated to this issue, I will offer just a few pointers to help the follower of Jesus to daily face and overcome stress.

Give thanks

The Bible tells us to give…

Looking beyond the surface makes a huge difference

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I love the gospel story from Luke. This apostle presents a different portrait of Jesus and some very beloved stories found only in his gospel.

Throughout his writing, Luke emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit not just in the life of Jesus but in the ministry of the early church in Acts.

One of the most powerful presentations of the ministry of the Spirit occurs in Luke 4:1–14. This passage can teach us about how the Spirit of God works and how it can work in our lives.

The first movement of this work is found in verse 1…

Embrace this challenge and help change our world

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I almost hate to look at my Facebook feed these days. Nearly every time I do, I am greeted with various rants from my friends. They leave me hurt and, sometimes, heart-broken. There is far too much animosity, anger, and bitterness.

These expressions of ‘anti-love’ have me wondering if we forgot that Jesus said that love encompasses the two greatest commandments. The apostle Paul went so far as to say that love is the fulfilling of the law (Romans 13:10).

If we truly love it will show just as it shows when we don’t truly love.

Here’s a love challenge…

Every book has a message and the power to change our lives

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Zechariah is the second last book in the Old Testament. Usually, when I get here I kind of rush through in order to get to Matthew. So, I have to remind myself to slow down. There are a couple of very strong lessons about how we are to live in the words of this wonderful book.

People give up on marriages and relationships. We give up on our dreams and on our resolutions. We give up on our work and sometimes on our faith. But God never gives up on us!

He is ready to bless us again with his…

When we truly worship, it changes us

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I have spent years trying to discover and uncover true worship. I understand things like singing and shouting. I understand the actions that accompany worship but to understand the essence of worship is another story.

While worship remains a bit of a mystery, here is what I have found.

It is any expression of adoration, honor and respect directed to God. In one respect, it is making ourselves as nothing in God’s presence.

Worship is essential to spiritual growth. When we experience God and genuinely respond to him, we are changed. …

You read it right — Haggai. Keep reading!

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Years ago, I participated in a Wednesday evening Bible study. Each week we slowly worked our way through scripture, one book at a time. As we were about to wrap up another book, I asked for suggestions as to which book was next. Someone piped up and suggested Haggai. So, that’s what we did.

We discovered that this short book has lessons for our lives today. Here are three such lessons.

“Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your…

Her suicide attempts put her on a dangerous path

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My wife and I received a call one evening when our friend’s sister had attempted suicide. We went to the emergency room to find Ann (all the names have been changed to protect identities) lying in a hospital bed. The pills she had taken had not quite taken her life. Our friend Sue and her husband Mike were there along with Ann’s husband. This was not her first suicide attempt and it would not be her last.

My wife gave all the assurances that she could that she was always available if another crisis arose. …

A challenge for radical change

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When Jesus came, everything changed. Matthew records his revolutionary life along with the many lessons he taught and still teaches. It has long been one of my favorite books in the New Testament. The three lessons I will share with you today carry the potential to change your life and change the world.

The great priority

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33, ESV)

When we get the priority of the kingdom of God first in our lives, God promises that we will have the things we need in…

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Spiritual growth should be the goal of every follower of Jesus. What are the requirements that cannot be neglected to ensure spiritual growth?

Before we define the three requirements, there are two obvious basics.

You must desire it. You won’t ever grow spiritually unless you want to. While this seems obvious, I have seen many people show no evidence that they desire spiritual growth. The desire to grow must be informed by knowledge. Spiritual growth requires work, perseverance, action, and faith. If you will follow through on the three essentials I will share with you, you will grow.

You must…

I’m not who you think I am even if I am who you think I am

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I am white, male and evangelical. I could only choose one of those things for myself.

Every time I hear a statement about the white, male evangelical, I cringe. I just don’t fit that stereotype and it makes me uncomfortable that people may think that I do.

For example, what does that demographic think about the environment? I embrace the reality and danger of climate change and think we need to act quickly.

What does that demographic think about immigration? I believe we should liberalize immigration and open wide the door to racial diversity.

What do they think about abortion?

Jim Wolstenholm

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