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Tithes and First Fruits – The Practice of Tzedakah

Over the years, a lot of people get confused about the Bible’s teachings on tithes and first-fruits. Part of this is because, there are actually three different types of tithes – which is distinct and separate from the idea of first-fruits. With over 2300 verses on giving, it’s easy to get confused. But to simply…
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Impact Assessment – Make a Difference

Do you know the area of your greatest ministry impact? Here at Substance, we often talk about “starter ministries” vs. “long-term ministries.” Starter ministries are designed to help you get plugged in and find your people here. Then, once you’ve got your community and are ready to dive deeper, we’ll set you up with your…
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Why Churches invented Trick or Treating: the bizarre history most people don’t know.

Throughout the middle ages people believed in a theological concept called purgatory…a place between heaven and hell where certain people could pay for their sins. Of course, most scholars don’t believe the concept even exists in the Bible (which I agree with). Some credit Pope Gregory the 1st (late 6th century) as the originator. But…
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Bylaws

Welcome to the Church Bylaws Landing Page! Leading a church should be joyful. Yes, there are many courageous decisions that need to be made. But no one needs the “side-ways energy” that bad bylaws create. Bad bylaws cause good people to behave badly. So, here are a few resources to help you rethink your leadership…
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How to Have a GREAT bad day

Have you ever had a day from hell? I’ve had a few of them. There’s the time I got locked out of my running car in the middle of a dangerous neighborhood during a snowstorm. And I had to wait outside with no jacket for six hours. Then, there was the day I had to fly…
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How Vacations Can Save your Marriage (AND your Kids!)

Marriages don’t fall apart over-night. The initial cracks that eventually crumble a marriage often start long before. And it’s easy for these cracks to start when the kids are young. Here’s why: When you’re dating, the relationship is all about getting to know each other. The relationship is all about dreaming together and treating each…
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Resource Page for MBTI & Enneagram

Welcome to My Personality Workshop Landing Page! Once you get to know Carolyn and me, we are Personality Test Junkies: From Strengthsfinders to Love Languages, we do them all. Yet, our personal favorites are the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Enneagram. Now, there’s a lot of people who feel the Enneagram has “cultic roots.”…
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Who in the World is the Antichrist? And What is the Mark of the Beast?

Who in the world is the “Anti-Christ?” What is the “Mark of the Beast?” And does any of this have any basis in the Bible? Over the years, Christians have used these doctrines to create all sorts of interesting conspiracies. And if you browse the web, you’re certain to find a good number of cults…
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Exciting News for Substance’s West Twin Cities Campus – Now in Maple Grove!

We are less two weeks away from our official Sunday morning launch of our West Twin Cities Campus! Over a quarter million people will hear about Substance in the next couple weeks. And here’s how you can be a part of this! A little over a year ago, we sent out 400 Substance hardcores to…
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Got Questions about the End Times?

BRB: Tough Questions about the Second Coming of Christ Welcome to the landing page for my sermon & blog series: “Be Right Back: Tough Questions about the Second Coming of Christ.”  Everyone has questions about the end of the world. And so, the goal here is to give you additional resources to help you navigate…
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