The 5 Best Ways to Disagree With Someone

Jonathan Malm - February 23, 2017
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You’re never going to agree with every sermon your pastor preaches. You certainly won’t agree with each blog post that online magazine prints. And there’s a good chance you won’t agree with half of your Facebook friends’ political views. And that’s okay. It’s okay to disagree with someone. I’m actually the type of person that believes people bond through conflict. However, that bonding can only …

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3 Predictions I Have for the Future of Churches

Jonathan Malm - February 22, 2017
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Studies and blog posts are everywhere predicting the decline of the American church. “Churches are dying!” But I’ve actually experienced the exact opposite. I’ve experienced churches barely able to contain the growth God is sending their way. So while some churches might be declining in attendance, I see a brand new generation of churches growing exponentially. And here’s where I see the churches going, and …

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3 Truths About Gifts from God

Jonathan Malm - February 20, 2017
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I do a lot of thinking about coffee. Between roasting my own, brewing it on my custom coffee bar, and working from coffee shops around time, the seed of the coffee plant dominates a bunch of my mental space. I’d call coffee a gift from God. But exploring the discovery and use of coffee has led me to a few truths about the gifts we get from …

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How to Successfully Question Your Faith

Jonathan Malm - February 15, 2017
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I’m convinced crises of faith aren’t a bad thing. I believe each crisis of faith is an opportunity for God to show you something about Him that no one else can see. You just have to survive it. You have to navigate the questions with wisdom and skill. Here are three things you should do to make sure you come out on the other end with …

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You Can’t Truly Love Others Unless You Do These 3 Things

Jonathan Malm - February 13, 2017
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Love love love love love. That’s what Christians say over and over again. We love God. We love the world. We love each other. But I’ve seen a few things that completely obliterate this concept of love in many Christians’ lives. It turns “love” into a nice word with no real power. If you’re going to truly love others – your neighbors, your family, your …

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Which of These 3 Types of Minds Do You Have?

Jonathan Malm - February 9, 2017
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“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” That’s a quote attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. I’d encourage you to analyze your social media usage and see which type of mind you are. I’ll go in reverse order. 1. Small Minds that Discuss People Are most of your social media posts outrage over what someone did? Maybe a political candidate? An inflammatory …

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The 3 Best Times You Can Be an Example for Others

Jonathan Malm - February 7, 2017
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Yesterday, I had someone comment on a post. “I’d been watching you during that era of your life, seeing how you were going to navigate things.” It scared me, realizing that people were actually watching my response to a situation when I assumed nobody even knew I existed. I believe there are certain seasons in our life where people watch us. Now, that can feel …

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5 Better Alternatives to Posting that Political Commentary on Social Media

Jonathan Malm - January 31, 2017
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This week has been a week of living on the “Unfollow” button on Facebook. Whether people are posting memes or links supporting the president or attacking Trump, I’ve just had to hide people. These links and memes have become an echo chamber – repeating the same rhetoric over and over and over. Nobody’s really adding anything new to the conversation. The people who agree with you …

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3 Things that Will Always Conflict with Your Christianity

Jonathan Malm - January 25, 2017
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Jesus said, “You can’t serve two masters.” He was speaking about serving money versus serving God, but the two masters principle applies to every area of your life. A person of divided loyalties will travel a difficult road, because eventually the two will conflict. There are some things in your life that will always conflict with following Christ. It’s important to identify divided loyalties now, …

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3 Signs It’s Safe to Be Transparent With Someone

Jonathan Malm - January 25, 2017
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Deep friendships are hard in this world. You never know if you can trust people. Thus, it’s much easier to be surface-level with your friends. It’s much easier to talk about politics, sports, or TV shows. But transparency is important. We need to be able to open up to others and let them into our secrets. It’s the only way our secrets get better. Unfortunately, …

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