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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…
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How to Hear God

When I was a newer Christian, I vividly remember my new Christian friends saying things like, “God spoke to me the other day.” And it was always jarring to me. “You mean, like, you heard an audible voice?!” And most would respond, “No! But I was reading my Bible and a verse jumped out at…
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Ever felt like God doesn’t hear your prayers?

With the release of Substance Input/Output’s new video for Surgical Love, I’ve had a lot of people ask me, “What motivated the metaphor?” After all, “surgical” isn’t exactly a popular adjective for God’s love. (And if you haven’t seen it, click here). I actually wrote the song in a season of my life when I…
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How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell?

In our recent teaching series, “This I believe,” I’ve been talking about various doctrines covered by the Apostles Creed. But whenever I teach on the doctrines of hell, it always results in a fantastic discussion on the fairness of God. Keep in mind, I believe that the existence of hell is the greatest evidence of…
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Substance I/O

Well over a decade ago, the Lord spoke to me that He was planning on using our church to influence the sound of worship all over the world. So, as a part of our 2020 vision, we endeavored to start by launching a record label as well as our first national worship project. Our assumption…
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Did You Know Your View of God Could Be Affecting Your Mental Health?

The April 2013 Journal of Religion and Health published a study finding that people who believe God to be angry are more likely to suffer from anxiety, paranoia, obsession, and compulsion. The study sought to discover if there were any correlations between how we understand God to be and how we live. And sure enough,…
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