In the cultural shifts of faith and religion, we are in a season where young  Americans are less likely to attend church services than they have at any time in recent history. I have had conversations with believers, young and old, who state that they don’t need church to be with God, and that they …

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Recently, a friend asked how I deal with anxiety concerning the issues of life. Immediately, a phrase came to my mind that I have sensed from the Lord in the past: “The only thing that stands between you and your transformation in Me is what you choose to do with your thoughts.” So I answered …

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Lasting Peace

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You are not alone and you do not have to figure out life on your own. Take time in solitude to meditate on this truth, and I trust you will discover a deep comfort you have yet to experience. This comfort and freedom from fear is available for those who abide in Jesus. He calls …

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Living in True Rest

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“There are not enough hours in the day.” “There is not enough time.” Familiar sounding phrases? What drives our assumed need for constant activity, leaving what seems a deficit in time? Or our lack of activity, living in laziness? What drives you? You may be surprised as you ponder. I lean toward constant activity. I …

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If you haven’t heard yet, IHOP Atlanta is offering free tuition to our internships this fall. That’s right, FREE! Your meals and housing are on your own, but the tuition (normally $1000) is waived. So for real, why are we doing this? Great question! Someone joked with me recently about having an education policy similar …

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The weather outside was absolutely beautiful. It was sunny and warm, but not uncomfortably hot, which led me to take a few moments to capture its beauty and absorb some much needed vitamin D. As I laid outside, basking the son’s glow, I felt the Lord tenderly whisper, “I want you to soak in the …

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Consider a woman who was raised by a demanding father who was impossible to please. No matter how hard she tried, she was always faced with his disapproving stare and disappointed countenance. When confronted with Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God…will take great delight in you…He will rejoice over you with singing,” this woman has …

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Recently, I’ve been feeling a little blue and lost in this current season. Kyle and I are expecting our first child in June and while we are head over heels excited, pregnancy has been hard for me. I had this idea that pregnancy would be the happiest time in my life, all rainbows and butterflies. …

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Just like many other moms, I’m pretty convinced that I have the sweetest, cutest kid on the planet. I love him a ton. I do all the goofy things that I laughed at other parents doing before I became a mom: take an absurd amount of pictures during every normal life event? Check. Make goofy …

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The “Grumpy God”

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The “Grumpy God”…nothing could be further from the truth; yet, most of us have subtly bought into lies that God is a little cantankerous at best. However, the Scriptures are clear that our Father in heaven is overflowing with gladness and delight. Paul identifies Him as the “eternally happy God” (Romans 9:5, 1 Tim 1:11).  He …

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“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”– Matthew 16:24-25 ESV It’s so easy in our culture to be concerned primarily …

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I found myself pacing, full of emotions in my usual morning time in the prayer room. But today was different, as I was soon to find out the gender of my child and ready to embrace them and all that they are. Boy or girl… I woke up this morning beyond thrilled and ready to …

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As a young believer, I struggled to connect to God as a Father. I understood Jesus, the Friend that sticks closer than a brother, the One who took my place, my Savior and my Redeemer, but God the Father just seemed distant, cold, and stoic. I mostly thought of the Father as being unapproachable, the …

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The crown of the year is a great time to consider again and meditate on some of the specifics of what we believe. While many are making new plans in the New Year, I like to take the first part of the year and freshly look at Jesus, allowing the revelation of who He is …

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