The Chosen – Books to Enrich further Study on the Times of Christ

After we debuted the Chosen Season Four at Substance’s Northtown Bigscreen, I’ve had a lot of people ask me the question: Do you have any book suggestions that will help me to understand the times of Christ? After binge watching the chosen a second time, my son has had a crazy number of specific questions…

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21 Days of Prayer and Fasting – January 2024

Here at Substance, we start every year with a season of fasting. Of course, nobody HAS to fast; but, when you understand what the Bible teaches on fasting, you’ll realize that we “get to” fast.  It’s actually an incredible opportunity. In both the Old and New Testament, God powerfully rewarded those who fasted. “Those who…

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Evangelism, the Easy Way

Sharing your faith can be super easy!  At our Dec. 6th 1st Wednesday Service, I mentioned all the things we’re doing to help make this easy (like sharing our new Christmas Sitcom trailer) which you download [here]. But when it comes to “Personal Evangelism,” over the years I’ve created a series of questions that help…

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Thanksgiving Meditation: Transform your soul with Gratitude

One of my favorite spiritual disciplines is called a “Thanksgiving Meditation.” We all have a tendency to focus on negative things (by a factor of six); so, if we aren’t savoring our blessings, then we’re going to struggle with chaotic thinking (see Romans 1:21). Blessings must be savored to be enjoyed. So, grab a journal…

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Forced Gratitude: Research Shows, even Insincere Gratitude can Help

Have you noticed: No matter how good our lives are going, there’s always something in our lives to whine about. Especially around holidays, people with no family whine about it; yet, people WITH family whine about it. And all this goes to show, we all need the discipline of thanksgiving this time of year. So,…

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What were the Urim and Thummim? Lessons on “Inquiring of the Lord”

Throughout the Old Testament, there’s a constant theme about “inquiring of the Lord.” We read that Joshua “did not inquire of the Lord” with the Gibeonites (Josh.9:14) which resulted in disaster. And yet, David was constantly “inquiring” (see 1 Sam 23:4; 9, 30:8; 2 Sam.2:1; 5:23; 6:14) And why? Because God continually gave him specific…

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How to Manage Your Money – So it Doesn’t Manage You!

There’s no doubt about it, God has blessed me financially. A lot of people wonder, “Where did your money come from? Was it your books? Does the church pay you a lot?” Don’t get me wrong: I still drive a Jeep Wrangler and only own one house (despite what the internet might say). My biggest…

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