The New Church Normal

Now that we have made it through the first half of 2020, people are constantly asking – when will we get back to normal? I hate to break it to you, but I don’t think we are going to return to it, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing for your life, family, or church. It’s time to go the 2nd mile in the new church normal.

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We live in a culture that has forgotten how to blush. The prophet Jeremiah said that about his people during his time, but I am pretty confident we can say the same thing now. As our standards slip, we find ourselves in a world cherishing sin like a virtue.

We have almost arrived at a new year. It’s a chance for new beginnings, but if we aren’t careful, we will carry 2020’s issues into 2021’s days. It’s been quite the year for us all. In the midst of all the stress, you’ve probably been hurt as well. How can you find relational peace? It’s…

Our cravings often direct our lives. Whatever we want most of all, whatever we think about most often, and whatever creates in us the deepest hunger will be the central directive in our lives. Have you ever considered how deep your hunger is for spiritual matters?

I grew up in a culture that teaches young men that nice guys finish last. If you want to find your way in this world, you have to trail blaze yourself to that reality. What we now see is a society plagued by millions of people trying to get ahead of each other. It’s time…

What causes you to be emotional? Is it sappy music or heart-stirring films? Do you get weepy at moving stories or happy reunions? Maybe you rarely feel emotions at all. What if I were to tell you that following Jesus should incorporate emotions?

We are taught to be strong. We are taught to have it all together. And if we are deficient, act like you are not. It’s the way we’ve always been taught, and it’s killing us. The strength we need is often in admitting our weakness. It’s time to go the second mile in acknowledging your…