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Is the Bible too Archaic to be helpful? Tough Questions about the Bible

A while back, a young man came to me and asked: “Don’t you think the Bible is almost too archaic to be helpful?” “What do you mean,” I asked him? “Well, I’m just saying, there are so many strange commands in the Bible. I know there are good things in the Bible too. But I…
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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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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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21 Days of Prayer + Fasting – Resources to Help

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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How Vacations Can Save your Marriage (AND your Kids!)

Marriages don’t fall apart over-night. The initial cracks that eventually crumble a marriage often start long before. And it’s easy for these cracks to start when the kids are young. Here’s why: When you’re dating, the relationship is all about getting to know each other. The relationship is all about dreaming together and treating each…
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21 Days of Prayer + Fasting

Going into 2021, a lot of us imagined our hearts to be full of faith instead of fear. We imagined that we trusted in prayer more than politics; yet, circumstances always reveal what we actually trust in (eg., money, politics, healthcare, job security, etc.). As Jesus puts it, “Out of the abundance of the heart,…
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Impact Assessment – Make a Difference

Do you know the area of your greatest ministry impact? Here at Substance, we often talk about “starter ministries” vs. “long-term ministries.” Starter ministries are designed to help you get plugged in and find your people here. Then, once you’ve got your community and are ready to dive deeper, we’ll set you up with your…
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Why Churches invented Trick or Treating: the bizarre history most people don’t know.

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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Bylaws

Welcome to the Church Bylaws Landing Page! Leading a church should be joyful. Yes, there are many courageous decisions that need to be made. But no one needs the “side-ways energy” that bad bylaws create. Bad bylaws cause good people to behave badly. So, here are a few resources to help you rethink your leadership…
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Resource Page for MBTI & Enneagram

Welcome to My Personality Workshop Landing Page! Once you get to know Carolyn and me, we are Personality Test Junkies: From Strengthsfinders to Love Languages, we do them all. Yet, our personal favorites are the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Enneagram. In fact, I can predict an eerie number of things about you simply…
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