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Faith and Culture

10 Things Pastors Hear in the Church Lobby

We all like to know the hidden side of everything, to hear someone “spill the tea”...   Well, it's time to spill some tea. I’m going to let you in on the top 10 conversations pastors hear in the church lobby.   My reason for doing this? It's to help you know you...

Faith and Culture Family

Hello Charisma!

I am thrilled to have joined the Charisma Magazine team as a blog writer & new contributor to the Charisma Podcast Network. From now on, in addition to seeing my blog posts and podcast episodes here on my site, you'll also spot them over at Charisma! Click here...

Faith and Culture

Finding Freedom from Loneliness

“Well they’re sharing a drink they call loneliness, but it’s better than drinking alone.” -- Billy Joel, The Piano Man Before COVID-19 hit, 46% of Americans felt lonely at times. That number skyrocketed to 76% in December of 2020.  National and international health...

Faith and Culture

Anxiety… What is it Good For?

... Absolutely nothing, right? For the millions of people wrestling with anxiety right now, that’s our honest answer. Some of us deal with crippling anxiety disorders that keep us locked in a house or in the corners of our minds.  Others of us face what is known as...

Faith and Culture

Facing Your Giants in 2021

We’ve all got a giant we face… and they don’t have a calendar. Even though we turned the calendar, the giant came with us… or maybe it waits for us. It might be an addiction, a heart wound, a broken home, a struggling marriage, a rebellious teen or a tough economy....

Faith and Culture Family

Preparing Your Family for Christmas

There are two types of people in this world: People who plan and stress, and people who don't plan and aren’t stressed out. I say from experience, because I’m often a planner who gets stressed out.  And the Christmas season only seems to make it worse - I stress...

Faith and Culture

5 Things That May Be Hindering Your Prayers

We’ve all been there. We pray. We wait. We wait.  And then we wonder: "What did I do wrong?" Sometimes the problem isn’t on your end.  It might just not be God’s timing or God’s will... But sometimes it is.  Here are 5 things that can keep our prayers from getting...

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What to do After You Say Amen

So, you prayed.  You sent that text to God. And now you wait... You see the three dots… and then, nothing. Did it go through? Was it delivered? Did he hear you? Are you supposed to do something else? Is he waiting for you to ask nicely? Can what we do AFTER we pray impact the answer we get? Here’s a list of 20 things we most commonly do after we pray. See which one you do the most.

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3 Things I’d Do Different & 3 Things I Wouldn’t Change After 20 Years at RLC

This past weekend Real Life Church celebrated 20 years of ministry and it has me feeling very reflective. So much has happened over 20 years, specifically in the 17 that I’ve been a part of. Check out our weekend service celebration for some of those memories.I’m so grateful for the legacy of leaders who got us to this point. And, of course, we are so grateful for God’s leading as we are just passengers in this ride he has us on. 

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Leading Those Who Have Given Up On Prayer

We’ve all had those moments when you’re talking with someone about a crisis they are facing and you hear the words, “I’ve been praying about it… But nothing seems to happen.” And let’s be honest, we’ve all had those thoughts ourselves as well. I know that I have. I’ve been a pastor for over 25 years and a Christian for over 40 and I’ve wondered many times if my prayers are getting past the ceiling.  

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