When God makes you wait for something, it’s not his way of depriving you, but rather his means of changing you. Because God is sovereign over all, this is applicable to all of life. The big things like a spouse, children, a new job. Or the little things like waiting for a text message response, or waiting […]Read more "4 Reasons Why God Makes You Wait"
As you’ve probably heard by now, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old male from St. Louis, was allegedly killed by a Ferguson County Police Officer shortly after noon this past Saturday. I grew up in North County, about 15 minutes away from where the shooting took place, and know all about the dangers of living in that […]Read more "5 Ways To Positively Respond to The Michael Brown Shooting"
We’ve heard it before: The truth will set you free. This is true. And also some of the most misquoted words of Jesus. This saying originally came from Jesus in the Gospel of John, “. . . and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Some secular avenues love this verse without even originally […]Read more "The Truth Will Not Set You Free"
We look at the girl who is beautiful, outgoing, popular and fashionable and say, “There’s no way she can be humble.” But what does humility look like? The issue is not so much that our definition is wrong, but that our description is wrong. We have misconceptions and preconceived notions of what humility should look […]Read more "Why Your Description of Humility is Wrong"
You do not have to wait until you’re 58 years old to make a difference. You can start right now. Paul had this in mind for Timothy when he wrote, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 […]Read more "A Call To A Young Twenty-Something: You Can Make A Difference Right Now"
Did you have a rough 2012? If so, chances are you may be longing for the New Year to come so you can have a “fresh start” or “start over” or finally get your shot at a “new beginning.” This is idolatry. It is idolatry because it is the act of looking to someone or […]Read more "2013: Worshipping The New Year Before It Gets Here"
I recently came across a startling observation in the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1-2. This story is one of my favorite stories in all of Scripture. Having recently read it, something jumped out at me this time that never did before. Hannah pleads earnestly with God: “O Lord of hosts, if you will […]Read more "God Exceeds Our Expectations"
I do not think Jesus wept because Lazarus was dead. In his book,Your Jesus Is Too Safe, (great book!), Jared C. Wilson, one of the most popular Christian bloggers in the world, writes, “The shortest verse in the Bible, John 11:35, tells us simply that “Jesus wept,” and his tears came from mourning his dear […]Read more "Why Did Jesus Weep?"
Paul writes to the Church in Rome: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors” (Romans 8:36-37). Did you catch that at the end? Paul doesn’t say […]Read more "More Than Conquerors"
Jesus is the gospel. His perfect life, substitutionary death, and bodily resurrection is the good news of Christianity. We come to Jesus to get Jesus and he is enough. This is the true gospel of the Bible. However, I believe that we all — to varying degrees — struggle with the ever so abominable “health, […]Read more "Is Jesus Really Enough For Me?"