Life

God Still Does Financial Miracles – A Guest Blog from Carolyn Haas

If anyone knows my wife Carolyn, she ALWAYS has a fresh miracle story of how God provides for our family. In my books, I’ve shared miracle stories about how she trusted God for lawn-mowers and snowblowers – but, we’ve got dozens more: from Disney vacations, to our home & furniture, to our kid’s braces… she…
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3 Ways to Increase Your Hunger for the Bible

Over the years, I’ve had a good number of people ask me: How do you stay consistent in the Bible? Even more, how do you actually “get into it.” Keep in mind, I didn’t start out loving it. And even today, my desire for God’s Word tends to increase in direct proportion to the margin…
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4 Time Tested Tricks for Avoiding Holiday Weight: Candy Survival Skills

As Christians, we all know that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit; but some of us are building a mega-church. And the problem with bad eating is that it often takes awhile before we experience the real ramifications. Over the years, I’ve really struggled keeping my weight in check. I’m doing great…
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The Strange History of Trick or Treating… Prayer?

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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Do Witches Truly Like Halloween? – Insights from the Witch Capital of the U.S.

For most people, witches only exist in the Wizard of Oz; but, it’s actually a serious bona fide religious affiliation. Here in Minneapolis / St. Paul, there are allegedly over 20,000 witches (or Neo-pagans as many of them prefer), And in the Twin Cities alone, there are around 234 active covens. Strangely, we even have…
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My Brand New Book, “Broken Escalators” has Officially Launched EVERYWHERE!

Did you know, research shows that only “10% of happiness is based on circumstantial things like, income, marital status, jobs, good looks, or geographical location!” Wealth, jobs, cars and great looks do not affect happiness as much as we’d like to imagine. In fact, wealth actually decreases a person’s happiness above a certain point. Or,…
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The Top Regrets of College Students – Part 2

Substance has had thousands of college students come through our community at some point. In fact, many of our best leaders were going to college when they first found Substance. But as many of these same students entered the “real world” I’ve heard them voice a lot of regrets. Over time, I started hearing several…
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Get a Free Copy of my Mini-book: “Church In Space! the Secret To Launching your Spirituality to the Moon”

Have you ever wondered: Of all the spiritual disciplines, which of them affects us the most? Or here’s another question for you: We all like to imagine that we are “growing spiritually.” But, how do we really know? What if there was a way to find out? And what if we could put our spiritual…
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The Top Regrets of College Students – Part 1

As many of you know, Substance has had thousands of college students come through our community at some point. In fact, many of our best leaders were going to college when they first found Substance. But as many of these same students entered the “real world” I’ve heard them voice a lot of regrets. Over…
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The Conspiracy of Pumpkin Spice Lattes – and 5 Other Things I Love About Fall

(A Perennial Repost…by popular demand) There are Six Things I love about the Fall… (1). The Pretense of loving Hot Apple Cider & Pumpkin Spice Lattes: Do we actually like these drinks? Heck no. That’s why we only tolerate them once a year. Imagine if you had a friend and you could only stand to…
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