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Why Trying to Fix Anxiety Doesn’t Work

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The first step in getting past decision anxiety is to stop using the old ways we’ve tried to find rest. Sometimes the things we lean on cannot hold us. In 2 Kings 18:21 we read these surprisingly wise words spoken by an enemy of God’s people: “Look, I know you are depending on Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt...

Processing Your Spouse’s Infidelity through a Biblical Lens

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How do we deal with the devastating disappointments that infidelity brings? One response is vengeful anger, mirroring the country song about a woman who dug her keys into the sides of the man’s car and carved up its leather seats. Sadly, that song reflects not merely understandable anger but calculated revenge. For other sinned-against spouses, the response remains more inward. Some are crushed...

Fitting the Ocean into a Teacup

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We, who have God and conscience on our side, have a majority against the universe. Frederick Douglass A friend once described theology as trying to fit the ocean into a teacup. I like that. While we can’t fit the ocean into a teacup, we can fit ourselves into the ocean. In the same way, our theology can’t fully capture God. But our theology can and should be big enough to capture us. It’s sad...

Helping Teens Question Their Way to Faith

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At some point or another, every Christian will have questions about God, the Bible, and how the gospel applies to life today. This is especially true for teens who are trying to find their way and develop their own faith. It is perfectly normal, and there is no reason to be embarrassed by such questions. In his nearly twenty years as a youth pastor, Mike McGarry has heard just about every...

Bringing a Child’s Imagination to Life with Joe Hox

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In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host Rush Witt, talks with Joe Hox, the talented illustrator behind the Good News for Little Hearts series. They discuss the struggle to find our worth in Christ, moving forward in usefulness to the Lord when the path is unclear, and how artistic world-building brings imaginations to life. Timestamps: 1:40 – Intro 3:22 – Were you artistic...

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