5 Ways Christmas Can Be the Most Enjoyable Season

Jonathan Malm - December 8, 2016
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I’m always shocked when, right after Thanksgiving, people start talking about their dread of the Christmas season. I’m tempted to call them grinches, until a few days later I start experiencing things that make me want to hate the season too. But I’m determined to never despise this season. I don’t think you should either. Here are a few ideas to make sure Christmas is …

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3 Naive Attitudes that Will Take You Far in Life

Jonathan Malm - December 7, 2016
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As a kid, I was obsessed with the idea of buried treasure. There was a field near my house I used to bike to. And I’d spend hours exploring. Each uniquely shaped rock was a potential clue or hiding spot. I never found much real treasure aside from volcanic glass and cool looking feathers. But this naive approach to life has been coming back to me …

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3 Things That Can Make Christianity Strong Again

Jonathan Malm - December 5, 2016
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If we were all honest, I think we’d realize Christianity has become somewhat of a whimpy religion – at least in America. I think it’s because we’ve lost a little of the fire. I’m responsible. You’re responsible. We’re all part of the problem. I think if we could have more of these three things – emotions, criticalness, and forcefulness – Christianity would become strong again. …

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3 Reasons God Chose You

Jonathan Malm - November 30, 2016
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Have you ever thought of the implications of John 15:16, where Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you.” We were chosen by God. That can feel like a scary thing, because we frankly don’t feel all that worthy all the time. (At least I sure don’t.) So why did God choose us? I’ve been reading about God’s chosen people in the Old …

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3 Ways to Be Grateful When You Just Aren’t Feeling It

Jonathan Malm - November 23, 2016
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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. While we might be looking forward to stuffing our bellies with all sorts of edible delights, many of us aren’t so excited about the “thanks” part of the day. Many of us just aren’t feeling so grateful right now – whether from the exhaustion of a dramatic election, all the stuff that’s going on in the world, or our own personal struggles. At the …

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5 Sinister Things Comparison Does

Jonathan Malm - November 21, 2016
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It’s said comparison is the thief of joy. I experience that from time to time. Whether I hear of someone else’s success, see someone’s post on social media, or read about some twenty-year-old tech billionaire who already accomplished more than I will in my whole life… I’ve felt the joy-suck of comparison. Here’s five things I’ve seen comparison do in my life. Comparison Lies Those …

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12 Times You Should Argue to Prove You’re Right

Jonathan Malm - November 17, 2016
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I don’t normally get my theology from the Power Team, but they had one of the best slogans. God made you to win. And I see many people approaching arguments with that type of theological approach – win. So here are 12 times Jesus modeled arguing with people to prove you’re right. – – – – – – – – – – – – Turns out I …

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5 Ways to Start Thinking Bigger Thoughts

Jonathan Malm - November 16, 2016
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If we hope to accomplish big things, our thinking has to change. We have to start thinking big thoughts – not small thoughts. But how do we do that? I know I always drift back into small thinking. Here are some of the ways I’m constantly challenged to change the way I think. 1. Don’t Argue About What Others Argue About If you’re arguing on the …

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