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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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Leadership Lessons I Figured Out the Hard Way – Part 2

In the last few years alone, Substance has gotten over 40 of our interns and church leaders into their first full-time ministry positions.  Many of them get nervous about making mistakes; thus, before starting in their new position they often ask me: “What are some of the most common rookie mistakes that new pastors and…
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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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Operation Center Video Tour is Online

Well I want to give everyone a heads up!  If you haven’t taken a video tour of Substance’s new 12,000 sq.ft. Facility, we now have the video available online!  www.substancechurch.com/facility I kept getting so many of you telling me: “Can we sneak in sometime for a tour?”  So, Pastor Pete and I decided to shoot…
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Finally! An Operation Center for Substance

Can you believe that we’ve gotten this large without even having any real offices? Whenever I tell my pastor friends that we’ve got over 1600 frequent attenders… a solid number of full-time staff, yet no offices, their question is always the same: How are you doing it? And frankly, I really don’t know! We’ve been…
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