Pride and the 7 Deadly Sins

Our culture is currently in the middle of Pride Month, which is the celebration and promotion of the LGBTQ+ movement. Ironically, the term chosen to represent this celebration is “pride,” which happens to be one of the seven deadly sins. I realize it’s not meant to celebrate pride as a vice, but to celebrate a…
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Dragon Slaying and the Weakness of Men

In the Lord of the Rings, the darkness of Sauron is allowed to endure because of the weakness of men, as seen in major events like the corruption and fall of Númenor and Isildur’s failure to destroy the ring of power in the fires of Mount Doom. Had men not been weak, the dark events…
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Service as Worship

As Christians, we believe that worship is an important part of our Christian lives. We spend time listening to worship music, we attend a worship service on Sundays, and we worship God through our daily prayers. While these are certainly viable means of worshiping God, the truth is they only scratch the surface of true…
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When It’s Wrong to go to Church

Before I address that question, maybe I should address another question. “Is it ever wrong to go to church?” Based on this article’s title, I’m sure you can tell that I believe the answer is “yes,” otherwise I’d have changed the title. OK, so when is it wrong to go to church, and how can…
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A Healthy Church

What makes for a healthy church? Certainly, the faithful preaching of God’s Word. Certainly, the faithful teaching of God’s Word. Certainly, Christ-exalting worship that faithfully proclaims the greatness of God, extolling the trustworthiness of His promises, the marvelous depths of His mercy, and the richness of His love. And while all of these things are…
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The Need For Rest

             Every year Americans spend over one billion dollars treating sleep conditions, and researchers have found that the decreased productivity due to these sleep conditions results in a yearly economic hit of more than twelve billion dollars. Not only is sleeplessness expensive, but the side effects can be debilitating, including severe tiredness, anxiety, depression, and…
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12 Unqualified Men

When we think of the apostles, we often think of them as being spiritual giants, or spiritual superheroes of sorts—people we could only dream of being like. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth, for when Jesus called His twelve disciples, He didn’t call extraordinary, qualified men—He called twelve very ordinary, unqualified men. Take…
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The stain of racism, bigotry and injustice

When it comes to racism, bigotry, and societal injustice, most everyone agrees that it’s a nasty stain that needs to come out as soon as possible. But when it comes to agreeing on how that stain should come out, that’s where things get dicey pretty quickly. How quickly? Well, just ask Chris Lindholm, Pequot Lakes…
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The Shrinking But Growing Church

Without a doubt, 2020 was a crazy year, a wild ride, an unexpected turn, a year that no one saw coming. As a pastor who has just passed the one-year notch in my senior pastor’s belt, I look back with awe and wonder at what I have seen God doing through tumultuous times. “What is He doing?” you ask. He is shrinking His ever-growing church, which is a blessing we never saw coming.

When injustice seems to prevail

The world we live in can be quite disheartening. From corrupt political leaders, to racial injustice, to the cries of the unborn whose blood has been spilt in the millions, we can easily find ourselves disillusioned living in a society that perverts good and champions evil. Sometimes this frustration can lead to our questioning God,…
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