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The Secret to a Happy and Healthy Marriage

I’ve had the privilege of officiating many weddings over the years. One thing I always look forward to is seeing how the bride and groom are dressed. A guy who usually slouches around in board-shorts and a T-shirt will be transformed for a day into a gentleman in a...

The Secret to Happiness: Better Relationships

Some professors at Harvard have been tracking happiness in America for more than 75 years, and they’ve found the biggest factor by far is satisfaction in our relationships. You want to be happy in life? You need better relationships.

The Sting is Gone

This Sunday we're celebrating how Jesus overcame the sting of death through his resurrection from the grave. That’s something to celebrate now, because the sting of death isn’t just something we experience at the end of life. It’s something we see every day. Maybe...

Why We Need the Resurrection

Our family lives at Costco. We get most of our food, supplies, furniture, and fashion from the monstrous piles in the Costco warehouse. After you pay for your 500-roll packs of toilet paper and 50-gallon drums of mayo, you head for the door. You're ready to get all...

Good News in Dicey Times

Last week in our community group, we were talking about what it is in life that makes us the most anxious. And we were almost unanimous with our answer: fear of the unknown. What makes us the most anxious in life is uncertainty in life. Wondering if your paycheck can...

Here’s a REAL self-esteem boost.

There’s nothing like teenagers to kill your self-esteem. I used to wrestle with my boys all the time. Not any more. I tried rolling with one of my teenage sons and tapped out in 30 seconds.”My back! My back!” He could only say, “Dad, you’re weak.” Later my daughter...

Finding Comfort in Confession

There’s a fascinating part of the story of Daniel that most people don’t notice. They’re too fixated on the lion’s den, fiery furnace, and crazy prophecies. In the middle of all those fantastical parts of the story, Daniel spends nearly an entire chapter confessing...

Our nation is beastly. So is every other.

A few weeks ago, we were all horrified by a tragedy that happened two blocks from our church building. Three people run over by a drunk driver who was trying to outrun the police. Tragedies like these remind us how much evil still exists in the world, even right in...

Why You Need to Read Prophecy

This Sunday we're heading into the prophetic section of Daniel. It's going to get weird. We're talking about wildly deformed beasts, iron-toothed monsters, and flaming chariot-thrones. Some people live for these parts of the Bible. It's like doing a sudoku puzzle as...

How We’re Sunk by Self-Esteem

There’s one area where American high-schoolers consistently rank first out of all the high-schoolers in the world. It’s not reading. Last year we ranked 24th in the world, behind Slovenia and Macau. It’s not science. We’re #25, behind Portugal and Vietnam. It’s not...