Category - God

5 Reasons Why I Hate Religion

I have a confession to make. To some it may sound shocking, especially considering I write faith based blog posts, but…. I hate religion. Now, before you think I have gone off the deep end and I’m renouncing my faith – please understand what I mean by “religion”. When I say religion, I’m not talking about a...

How I Learned I Was Praying Wrong

I wish I could say that my prayer life is one defined by consistent authenticity and audacious faith, but if I’m being honest, prayer is one of the places I struggle the most in my walk with God. I struggle with slowing down long enough to pray. I struggle with finding a quiet place and getting alone in my “prayer closet.” I struggle...

3 Reasons We Should Stop Hiding Our Mess

Recently my wife and I were having some company over to our home and we began a frenzied effort to clean things up a bit. It wasn’t like the house was a complete mess – we just didn’t want someone else to see our lack of organization and a few things out of place. I’m sure we aren’t the only people who do this, though. It’s part of...

The Work God Wants From You

If I were to ask you the question – “What kind of work does God want from you?” – what kind of answers would come to your mind? If you’re like me you probably start thinking about a whole slew of Christian virtues and actions. You probably think about healing people, praying for people and preaching the Gospel. Surely, that is primarily...

Living Life Out of Focus

I’m learning more and more just how easy it is to lose focus in life. As the seasons of our life change so does the difficulty of staying on course as a Christian. It’s not always bad things that cause us to lose focus either. Many times it is perfectly good things. Sometimes it’s a job, a hobby, a form of entertainment, a dollar amount or...

3 Key Bible Verses For Making Wise Decisions

Making decisions isn’t always an easy task. We’re faced with decisions every day we wake up. Some are simple and some not so simple. You may think your decisions don’t matter that much in your life now, but I can promise you that they do. The good and bad decisions you are making now will affect you, your family and the people you influence...

The Day After Easter

I don’t know what your Easter weekend was like, but I can bet it was a busy one. And if you serve at a church in some capacity, then I can bet you had a really busy one. Easter is one of the biggest weekends of the year for the Church. There is typically a much higher attendance and therefore a larger need for volunteers to accommodate the...

There’s Grace For That

We don’t wake up expecting to make a mess of things (or at least I don’t) – messiness just kind of happens. Most days I wake up and I have an idea in mind of how the day should go, but I never seem to estimate the mess. Some days it looks like setting off the smoke alarms while trying to make your sick, pregnant wife some oatmeal. Some days...

The Reality of the Manger Scene

I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard the story of Jesus’ birth more times than I count. I’ve experienced it through dramas, songs, Hallmark cards, Veggie Tales, Sock Puppets – you name it and I’ve probably witnessed it – and I’m sure you have to. I’m not against any of that. In fact, I’m strongly for it. I believe that if...

Coming Home Dirty

As a child, I regularly roamed the woods surrounding my house. It wasn’t uncommon for me to walk up to the front door with mud on my shirt, grass stains on my jeans, and dirt caked to the bottom of my shoes. While I’m sure it wasn’t my mom’s desire that I always come home and create an avalanche of dirty laundry for her to do, she never...