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Disarming Disappointment by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Everyone faces disappointment in life, but how are we supposed to handle it when it happens? How do we address the emotions we are feeling as we wait for resolution or restoration? We may shift between shock, hurt, confusion, forgiveness or unforgiveness. We may feel stuck—not sure if we should stay put or move on. Is that you right now? The great news is that we have a Counselor in the Holy Spirit. He can guide our steps through God’s Word, through impressions on our spirit, or through dreams. God often speaks to me through dreams. At one time I…

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The Bible’s Anxiety Plan by Lane Jordan Burday

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-8 This verse holds a special place in my heart. It was one of the first I learned after becoming a Christian, and it’s become one of my favorites. Why? Because I know what it’s like to live with anxiety taking over my life. I’ve been there and am here to tell you there’s hope. There’s hope because God…

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Peace in the Tube by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

“This is your panic button, but I warn you, if you push it there will be five minutes added onto the procedure.” Then the MRI Technologist rolled me into the tube and as soon as the scanning bed slid to a stop, panic set in. I do not like close spaces, so my heart began to race, and I wanted to escape. Don’t push the panic button, I thought. It will prolong this five more minutes. So what should we do when panic tries to overcome us? We should pray. I prayed my favorite go-to verse, Philippians 4:13 where Paul…

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Kingdom Builder by Mayada Naami

 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV Last week, I attended a conference in Las Vegas called Kingdom Summit where 800 believers came together to hear speakers like Ed Mylett and Rory Vaden talk about leading with a purpose in a marketplace that is often at odds with Christian values. What does it mean to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness in the marketplace? Many leaders today struggle with belonging in a world that seeks personal success or wealth first. Then Jesus said to his…

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More Than That by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20–21). Did you know that our God is a God of more—not less? There is a story in 2 Chronicles 25 that demonstrates this principle. Amaziah became king of Judah, and according to the Bible, did what was right in the LORD’s eyes, but not wholeheartedly. He built up his military. He drafted three…

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Do You Have Fear? by Lane Jordan Burday

Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified (I Samuel 17:10-11). In this world of chaos and wars, it’s very easy to be overcome by fear. But our level of fear can reveal our closeness to God. In general, the more you are afraid, the farther you are from God, and the less you are afraid, the closer you are to God. “Perfect love drives out fear” (I John 4:18) is a…

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Drudgery or Delight? By Lisa Burkhardt Worley

After completing my doctoral coursework last month, there was not much time to celebrate. I had to begin work on a 140-page doctoral project, due at the end of 2024 to graduate. The process has gone slower than expected and it takes a day or two to finish five double-spaced pages. However, I realize the key to completing this paper is like any other worthwhile project. It takes discipline and dedicated time. We often speak about the things God created. He created the Heavens and the Earth. He created male and female. He created love; but he also created work—from…

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Timing is Everything by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 My father died two months before I was born, but I just found his obituary online this week. I had never seen it before and through it I learned something about my dad that I did not know. My dad was a physician who graduated from Northwestern University Medical School. While that was not new news, from his obituary write up I discovered that he was also a Professor of Pathology at Northwestern for many years. Why is the revelation significant? After…

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How to Be a Leader by Lane Jordan Burday

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. John 1:22 We were fortunate to witness some world-renowned speakers at our church conference this weekend, Gateway’s Accelerate Conference: Accelerate the Growth of Your Life and Career. Among them was the legendary John Maxwell, whose words left a lasting impact. He had just written a book, High Road Leaders, which teaches the best attributes a leader should strive for. I’d love to share some of these life-changing points. During his talk, John Maxwell emphasized the need for our country to return to its original value…

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Winning the Race by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24). I spent many years in competitive athletics, playing volleyball and basketball in high school, and basketball in college. When competing in a volleyball match or basketball game, I had a strong desire to win, and the will to win continued into decades of playing league racquetball, tennis and now golf. The Bible talks about a different kind of winning—winning the race in our Christian journey. It is not an easy one…

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A New Thing by Mayada Naami

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19, NIV) This Scripture reminds us that God is a God of new things; to let go of the past and look forward to the new opportunities that He is bringing in our lives. I was reminded of new beginnings when I arrived in Toronto, Canada yesterday to visit my family and saw the most beautiful tulips in full bloom….

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Rejoice Always by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice (Philippians 4:4). “Don’t rejoice in your load. Rejoice in the Lord.” Those were profound words shared by well-known author Robert J. Morgan during our POP Talk radio interview with him. Morgan is the author of Red Sea Rules and Whatever Happens: How to Stand Firm in Your Faith When the World is Falling Apart. Sometimes we focus on all the bad stuff happening in our lives rather than what is going well. We glorify the load! I remember listening to someone share her testimony once who went on about…

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The Worst Sin? Pride by Lane Jordan Burday

 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Luke 14:11, NIV). Joyce Meyer was the guest speaker at my church today, Gateway. Her subject was pride. I believe everyone in the service became very convicted because pride works its way into each one of us. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where pride took over? How did it make you feel? Lucifer (Satan) was the most beautiful angel created, but because he was very proud of his beauty, he decided to gather a group of angels and rebel against…

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Digging for Truth by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long (Psalm 25:5, ESV). What is the truth? That is a question we should ask about everything we see, read, and hear. Last night at the Gateway Church Shabbat service, the speaker was Chad Holland, the CEO of King of Kings Ministries and lead pastor of the King of Kings Community in Jerusalem. Holland spoke about “The Context for Truth”—the truth about what happened in Israel October 7, the truth about the ongoing campus antisemitism, and the…

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Time With God is Everything by Lane Jordan Burday

Be still and know I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge (Psalm 46:10-11). When I made the life-altering decision to follow Jesus, I embarked on a journey of studying the Bible, praying, and engaging in fellowship with other believers. These are not just practical ways but also transformative steps toward growing in the Lord. Another aspect of drawing near to the Lord that I heard repeatedly was to be still so that you could hear God….

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Ruby Red Slippers by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Last weekend, I visited the Smithsonian Natural Museum of American History in Washington, DC for the first time, and the highlight of my visit was seeing the actual ruby red slippers that Judy Garland wore while portraying Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. In younger years, The Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite movies. I did not miss it anytime it aired, and I could do impressions of many of the characters in the movie including the munchkins, the tin man, and the Wicked Witch of the West. Sharing this talent in our college dining hall did not…

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Your Personal Passover by Mayada Naami

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” (Mark 14:12, NIV) Passover began last night and is a week-long celebration commemorating the Hebrews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt and the “passing over” of the destructive plague that struck Egypt and killed their firstborn. God instructed the Israelites to mark their houses with the blood of the lamb so that they would be spared. “On that same night I will pass…

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Things Are Not Always What They Seem by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

I stepped foot on the Georgetown University campus for the first time ever yesterday and realized two things. Georgetown was actually in Washington, D.C. I thought it was in a suburb just outside Washington, D.C., and second, the campus was smaller than I expected. After this, I realized that we can often have something in our minds for decades that is incorrect. This principle applies to how we view people. We can believe they are thinking one way, but we find out later it was not their thought at all. We size someone up and assign a personality to them…

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Holy “Aha” by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

God often provides pieces of information about our future but most of the time does not give us the entire picture. It would be so much easier if he would but there is a purpose behind the partial disclosure. When reading 1 Samuel 16 this week about Samuel anointing David to be the next King of Israel, I had this thought, Why didn’t God simply tell Samuel that Jesse’s son, David, would be the next king? It would have been so much easier for Samuel, as well as for Jesse and his family. Instead, on the way to the anointing,…

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Everyone Needs a Mystery Box by Don McMinn and Lane Jordan Burday

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever (Deuteronomy 29:29). I received a wonderful message in my inbox from a retired pastor. He wanted to share that as we go through this life, there will be devastating happenings and events that make no sense. How do we handle these? Here is how he processed them: When I was a teenager, I heard a sermon on the mystery box. The pastor recommended that throughout life everyone keep an imaginary box into which they place those things…