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How to Get Ahead Financially despite the Economy

At Substance, we’re constantly thinking of ways to empower people to experience success.  And we have a crazy ministry launching at our Operating Center this coming week called Financial Peace University (FPU). Of course, our goal as Christians isn’t to store up treasure on earth.  Some people believe in a “prosperity gospel” which is basically…
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Is the Rapture Coming this Saturday?

When Rob Bell’s Love Wins hit the shelves, I thought that there would never be an end to the questions:  “Pastor, what do you think?  What are your thoughts?” (And by the way, if you really want to know my thoughts on hell, check out the four-part series: “Hell, Fuzzy bunnies and Brimstone” from Easter…
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Becoming an Israelite – Reflections on a Life-changing Trip

A trip to Israel wasn’t very high on my “bucket list;” but, after going there this last week, I honestly can’t believe I’ve waited this long.  Seriously: I will never be the same.  It sounds so sensational but it’s true.  “And Why” you ask?  I’ll tell you! First off:  I finally got to use all…
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Top 5 Must-Read Parenting Books

The last couple weeks I’ve been hitting many of the top statistical predictors of healthy kids and marriages.  And in case you missed a few weeks due to all of these naughty snowstorms, make certain you don’t miss “Awkward Family” Parts 3 & 5!  They are critical for any younger family (click here to see…
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Ever Done a Dorky Mission Trip?

"I want to use Substance's strengths and go to strategic nations and then work with carefully selected churches who are fully capable of fully utilizing our short term efforts for long-term gain."
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Peter Vs. The Volcano … and I lost!

Can they really cancel your flight while you’re ½ way across the north Atlantic Ocean?  Apparently so! As many of you know, I was off to South Africa via Amsterdam to preach at a pastor’s conference north of Johannesburg.  And all of a sudden, that naughty little volcano in Iceland (who’s name no one can…
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Confessions of a Traveling Pastor

Even though I’m in Minneapolis & preaching most Sundays, if you follow me on facebook or twitter, you’ll see that between Monday-Sat, I’m all over the U.S.  A few months ago, it was Australia & Switzerland.  This May it’s South Africa. Of course, I’m also finishing up a particularly crazy stretch of domestic events… (In…
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Come see our newest Documentary: “Mourning into Dancing”

  I hope that everyone has been enjoying our teaching series:  “When Life Gives You Lemons.”  I think we’ve all had bad things happen to us; so, there’s something so cathartic about talking and laughing about it. Of course, if you weren’t here for Week Two of the series, we gave away huge boxes of…
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Brett Favre’s Daughter at Substance?

  Yes indeed, Brett Favre is coming to the Minnesota Vikings.  Who would have thought? Of course, many of you know that I grew up in Central Wisconsin where they literally worship the Packers.  As pastor Lombardi once said… I mean coach Lombardi:  “The three most important things in life are family, religion, and the…
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Jesus, Peter Haas, & Craig Groeschel

  Well, I got to live out a dream of sorts.  As many of you know, I’m a big Craig Groeschel fan.  And if you don’t know who he is, well… he’s the pastor of the amazing and innovative lifechurch.tv.  He’s a younger guy (40’s) yet they already have a bazillion campuses.  Seriously, this guy…
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