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Are you TOO Busy – How to Think in Busy Seasons – Part 2

If you’re feeling busy or weary, lets talk. In part 1 of this blogging series, we discussed the idea that: Success in one area of our lives won’t compensate for failure in another. The happiness of professional success will never make up for a lack of success in our marriage, friendships, parenting, etc. So, if…
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Are You TOO Busy? – How to Think in Busy Seasons – Part 1

Most people think that their busy pursuit of success is fine, until their lives melt down. I meet a lot of middle aged people who thought their marriage, kids, and physical bodies’ were fine (amidst the busyness of their careers) until all-of-a-sudden, they weren’t. CRASH. Your marriage falls apart; your kid does the unthinkable; or…
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Why You Never Win the Lottery…& Should be Glad about It!

Have you ever asked God to help you win the lottery? Be honest. You got that one piece of junk mail saying: “You’re a winner!” And as you looked in the mirror with wide nostrils, you thought: “Doggonit. I AM a winner, aren’t I?” Of course, a day later you realized, you might be a…
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God makes Special Promises to Those Who Fast: Why I love Fasting!

If you’ve come to Substance in the last few years, you’ll know that we start out every new 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: we “get to” fast.  It’s actually an incredible opportunity. In both the Old…
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How to Have the Best Year of Your Life: 4 Ideas to Revolutionize your Resolutions!

My wife and I have always been obsessive planners. And after having made a million failed plans, I’ve discovered a few tricks that can give our goals a bit more traction! So before you make another frail and disappointing resolution, consider these 4 principles that can place your dreams in the fast lane: (1). Don’t…
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Was Christ Really Born on December 25th? How Modern Astronomy has Reignited the Debate.

Every year, people ask me: Was Jesus really born on December 25th? Is the Christmas holiday just paganism wrapped up in a pretty bow? Or, my skeptical friends ask me: Is there even any secular historical references to corroborate the Nativity story? Thankfully, there’s a lot of fascinating answers to these questions! And here are…
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