Spirituality

What Is God’s Love Like?

July 6, 2008 - that was the day Michael popped into my eHarmony inbox.  You have a match waiting for you.  If you’ve ever been on eHarmony, or any dating website, then you know that those words are enough to fill you with hope and dread all at the same time. Before I tell you what happened next, I should rewind a little. In July 2008, I was...

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Life Can Change In An Instant
Life Can Change In An Instant

In West Texas they say that football is life.  For Baron Batch that seemed to be true. His skill on the field won him a scholarship to Texas Tech and as a young player he had the world in a chokehold.  But as anyone who has watched college ball knows, a football career can change in a heartbeat. For Baron it happened during practice one night....

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Finding Peace and Freedom
Finding Peace and Freedom

If I asked you to describe yourself, what would you say? Would you tell me your job title or refer to your relationships – husband, wife, son, daughter, friend? Would you talk about your successes, or failures, your dreams or your past? These are parts of who you are, but you are more than what you do or where you live. You are a human being...

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Home for Christmas
Home for Christmas

Are you lonely this Christmas? Come talk to a mentor. In 1962 I was preaching in Indianapolis, Indiana. I was single and it was Christmas time. I was heading home to Michigan to enjoy the holidays with my family. It was an extremely cold day and it was snowing. The wind was howling out of the north, blowing thick clouds of fine flakes across...

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In Search of the Christmas Spirit
In Search of the Christmas Spirit

The holidays can be challenging. If you need someone to talk to, come talk to a mentor. One Christmas, I came across an article in a local newspaper by an articulate columnist named Bill Johnson. His column was titled, "A Lesson in Catching the Christmas Spirit." Johnson began his search for the Christmas spirit at the Christmas tree lots,...

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Great Expectations for Christmas
Great Expectations for Christmas

Christmas is loaded with expectations, isn't it? Christmas shopping, decorating and entertaining. Typically we knock ourselves out trying to make it the "perfect" Christmas. And year after year we end up with the same empty feeling, like Christmas wasn't as personally fulfilling as we'd hoped. Why is that? Let's look at a few of our expectations. ...

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The Spirituality of Halloween and the After-Life
The Spirituality of Halloween and the After-Life

by Michael Frey Eye of newt, wing of bat, toad tongue and lizard nose... Everyone knows these are the ingredients of a spooky witches' spell (or the dining hall menu for next Tuesday). And what Halloween would be complete without one? Ah Halloween, the time when everything gets a little scarier, and your dentist gets a little richer. Childhood...

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Religion: Why it isn’t Working
Religion: Why it isn't Working

If billions of people all around the world claim to believe in God, why is the world so messed up? That's the central question David Nasser asks in this thought-provoking video. Born in Iran, David fled the country with his family in 1979 when revolution broke out. His life journey took him away from religion and back again. In this video, he...

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