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26Apr
Why it is not wrong to expect to be loved NL

Why it is not wrong to expect to be loved

Is this statement true or false?

Love is a commitment accompanied by action with no expectation of anything in return.

Loving another person should come with an expectation that your love will be reciprocated. The fullest expression and experience of love is when two people love each other well. To not expect this or to not want this is to misunderstand the greater purposes and benefits of love.

The statement is false.

Love’s end game

For the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,...

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23Apr
How does the ongoing sin of others impact our physical health- NL

How does the ongoing sin of others impact our physical health?

Have you ever wondered if a person’s ongoing bad behavior toward you was negatively effecting you? Is it possible that the sinfulness of others can cause diminishing health problems for the ones in harm’s way?

The interplay between our physical and spiritual selves does not seem to get enough talk time within the Christian community. Specially how conflict between two people can lead to diminishing health.

I have counseled a number of couples in which the wives have declining health problems that parallel the acrimonious...

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19Apr
If you could only export one thing to your child, what would it be- NL

If you could only export one thing to your child, what would it be?

Scenario #1 - Let’s say your child is 27-years old and your parenting is finished. You’ve given your child your best advice, wisdom, training, example, and prayers. Let’s say your child can only have one takeaway from all your parenting. What would you want your child to retain?

Scenario #2 - Let’s say your child is 3-years old and your parenting has just begun. You’re about to embark on one of the grandest journeys any person could possibly experience. Other than your relationship with Christ and your spouse, being a parent is...

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16Apr
There are only 4 problems in life. Our job- Solve them. NL

There are only 4 problems in life. Our job? Solve them.

Did you know that there are only four problems in life? What about this: Did you know they have to be solved in the right sequential order? Both true, but before we get to that, let me tell you a story.

Eric was your typical high school senior. He couldn’t wait to graduate, so he could start college. The most pressing question during his senior year was, “Where are you going to college?” This one question was asked several different ways:

  • What are you going to do with your life?
  • What do you want to be after high...

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  • 9Apr
    When Christianity disappoints you NL

    When Christianity disappoints you: remembering the death of my brother

    Joey became a Christian as an adult. He was 34-years old. Christianity was a stark contrast from his upbringing. It was fresh, clean, loving, and hope-filled. Each time the church doors were opened he was there. Whenever there was an event, he was part of it.

    When he read his Bible, it was as though it was reading him (James 1:23). His life began to make sense. He was soon baptized, began singing in the choir, and doing whatever he could for the church. Whenever there was a need, he was “Johnny on the spot.”

    The first couple years went well. He Read

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