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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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Your Brain Might Be Cheating You out of Miracles: A Weird Psychology Life-hack.

Did you know that all of our brains have an irrational glitch that causes us to obsess over our fear of loss more than the possibility of gain? This might sound like a silly philosophical problem. But if you aren’t aware of this, it could have a huge impact on not only your prayer life,…
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Demonology 101 – Everything You’ve Wanted to Know about Demons

What’s the Truth about Demons? And how do we get rid of them Recently, at our 1st Wednesday service (Sept 2023), I started a series on Demons. And I had no idea just how popular it would be! Yet, I suppose, even non-Christians are interested in the topic (due to the ever expanding number of…
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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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The Truth about Tithes and First-fruits – the Jewish 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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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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