This post contains affiliate links. Decision-making can really keep you up at night. In this post, I want to give you three strategies to solve paralyzing decisions. My sister, Atalie, recently decided to start working full-time in ministry. There's a mission organization called International Friendships Incorporated that matches up international students with local families over … Continue reading 3 Strategies to Solve Paralyzing Decisions
Normally I would do a Resource Friday today and give you a resource for personal development. But given the significance of today being Good Friday, I elected to give you a look into my walk of faith. I hope you let me know about yours in the comments! I grew up in the church and … Continue reading You’ll Understand If You’ve Been Abandoned
For many years, as I've read through parts of the Gospels, I've been confused by a certain action of Jesus'. Let's look at Mark 7: 31-36. Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a … Continue reading Jesus’ Actions That I Don’t Understand
I make a habit of writing blog posts about those who have been a major influencer in my life. It's called my Profound Impact list. It's my tribute to those who I have looked up to in life and remember fondly in death. The first one of these would be my grandfather, Clifton Raeke, who … Continue reading Profound Impact List: Jim Stalder
With the new abortion laws passed in the state of New York, there has been an unbelievable influx of pro-life/pro-choice posts on social media. People are on fire about this topic. Most people try to convince others that their viewpoint is right. Everyone's got reasons. Everyone's got arguments. But we can't do anything to convince … Continue reading Abortion Is a Heart Problem and It Takes a Change of Heart to Stop It
Ever wonder why humans develop so slowly? I come from a farm where we saw animals being born in the great outdoors. There were many early mornings our family would gather in the barn to watch the incredible (and absolutely disgusting) miracle of birth happen in our small flock of sheep. A baby lamb, all … Continue reading What Should I Do When God Doesn’t Work on My Timeline?
Merry Day-After-Christmas! People get through Christmas day and start looking towards the new year and everything that it brings. Same with me! But today, I write a Christmas post because Christmas isn't over (and yesterday was pretty busy). In fact, we celebrate Christmas all the way through January 6th because that's when the church celebrates … Continue reading God Came in a Christmas Whisper
My goals are regularly self-focused. How can I make myself better? How can I increase my physical strength? What about my finances? What ways can I improve my relationships with others? However, what I really haven't considered is this: As a Christian, I claim that God is the Lord of my life. But I haven't … Continue reading Quit Making Your Goals Into God’s Goals
As my economics professor spoke to our class, she taught us a very simple principle: opportunity cost. That is, for every opportunity that an individual takes, there is something for which they're missing out. If a man purchased a sports car, the cost may be that he lost the opportunity to put a downpayment on a … Continue reading Why I Don’t Live a Life of Great Faith
"Love your neighbor as yourself" is what the Bible says. And it's what keeps ringing in my head as I argue with myself. Many of you know that there is a caravan of thousands upon thousands of people traveling up through Mexico from countries to the South, claiming they seek protection from the poverty, gang … Continue reading What if it Isn’t Economically Viable to Love Thy Neighbor (or Help Refugees)?