Growing up in a large traditional church, all I can really remember about the worship service was wondering if it would be possible for me to swing from chandelier to chandelier in order to reach the platform from the balcony. It was clear that I wasnâ€™t thinking through truth about God in those days, let alone contemplating what worship meant! Little did I know howe...Keep Reading
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Of all the issues that cause stress and confusion among Christians, the question of divine guidance must be near the top. How can I know God’s will for me? Are there certain steps we need to learn in order to access information from God that we would not otherwise know? How does God guide me?...
The garage door went up and out went our minivan. For the first time in nearly 8 years, I wasn’t going to church. I was scheduled to preach, but stomach issues laid me low, so home I sat (providentially with an internet outage to remove the temptation of NFL Countdown)....
Grace is enough for even the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). It is sturdy. It can withstand the most difficult suffering and trials. It is enough on our best days, when we think we earned something, and enough on our worst days, when we wonder how God could possibly love us....
This Sunday, we will have the 1-2 Thessalonians ESV Scripture Journals for sale for $3. These are a great resource for our new series “Don’t Give Up: Messages from 1 Thessalonians” which will enable you to see the text of scripture as well as take notes....
We’re always looking for peace in our lives, but can’t find it because our hearts are always shifting allegiances. None of the things we set our shifting hearts on can cancel out the noise in our lives. Psalm 131 shows us that calm and quiet souls are possible. ...
I once knew an engaged couple whose whole relationship seemed to depend on the fact that they were engaged rather than on the reason why they were engaged. The relationship itself was nurtured through their constant (and somewhat sickening) reminders to themselves and others of the greatness of the relationship they were in. When they met other people they talked about ...Keep Reading
A friend of mine once told me that when he moved into a new house as a kid that he tied all of his best toys on the back of his bicycle and rode around the neighborhood trying to attract friends. If youâ€™ve started a new job or moved into a new community, youâ€™ve probably learned from experience that people usually donâ€™t come knocking on your door to get...Keep Reading
As long as Rachel could remember she wanted to be an attorney. While it was a little awkward to be the only kid at halloween carrying a briefcase, she stuck to her dreams until she passed the bar exam on the first try. If people thought she was driven during law school they would have been surprised to learn that she actually had another gear in the workplace; no amount o...Keep Reading
In the 1970 movie, Love Story, Ali MacGrawâ€™s character says the now famous line, â€œLove means never having to say youâ€™re sorry.â€ It seemed to fit in the movie (if you like that sort of thing) but frankly, it doesnâ€™t sound to me as if it was good advice. It must not have clicked with John Lennon either because he quipped, â€œLove means h...Keep Reading
I read that if you want to count to a million without stopping it would take you 6 days, 22 hours and forty minutes. If you want to count to a billion it would take you 31 years and 252 days. A Trillion? Forget about it. 3,170 years. What does this tell me? First, who sits around thinking about this stuff? and second, Iâ€™m not even going to try to count to any...Keep Reading
Remember the Palm Pilot? Still use one? Probably not. Why? Because the palm pilot has gone the way of other first generation technology devices and disappeared into the realm of trivia questions (What is a bag phone?). But just a half dozen years ago you could have thrown a rock into a crowd of ten businessmen and hit twelve PDAâ€™s. Now just try to go and buy o...Keep Reading
Iâ€™ve not been to a high school reunion yet, but I donâ€™t really feel like I need to go to one since I can see how much my friends have changed and how messed up they are in real time on facebook everyday. Since I wasnâ€™t a believer in high school, not only do I wish that I could go back and have those years to do over again as a Christian, but I often th...Keep Reading
I once went on a week long trip to Daytona Beach with other college students during Spring Breakâ€”no, not that kind of spring break tripâ€” it was with a campus Christian group! What I didnâ€™t realize when I signed up for the week at the beach (or I blocked out of my mind) was the fact that we were going to walk up and down the beach and talk to students ...Keep Reading
One of the lessons I am trying to learn in parenting is to try and empathize more with my daughters when they are deeply distraught about something that I canâ€™t quite understand. Itâ€™s tempting for me to think when the lost blankie canâ€™t be found before bed or when the doll that they love was forgotten at a friends house that they just need to calm dow...Keep Reading