Category - God

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...

Why We Should Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is, of course, about giving thanks – but have you ever thought about the concept of giving thanks? I’m sure you have given thanks on countless occasions and you realize it is important, but have you ever wondered why it’s important? Not long ago I was reading my Bible and came across some scripture that stopped me dead in my...

Sinning Less Doesn’t Save You

Over the past few years I’ve had several discussions with several different people about defeating sin and my only answer to that is a simple one – “fall in love with Jesus”. That may sound too simple to some, but I believe it to be the truth. I’m afraid that we may be missing the point if all our effort is focused on...

The Hard Thing About Hope

Hope isn’t so easy. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things to wrap yourself around sometimes. There isn’t anything easy about staring straight into the face of despair and choosing hope. In my opinion, real hope is about a God empowered confidence – a deep trust and belief in the power of His ability and His Word in your life. This...

More Than a Pre-Game Prayer

We all know the Lord’s Prayer. It’s that short speech that was always mumbled under your breath right before you took the field. Essentially, it’s the “go-to” pre-game prayer. To be completely honest, I didn’t realize that the Lord’s Prayer was actually a portion of scripture until I was about 20 years old (that’s bad I know). I...

Waiting for Heaven to Live for Jesus?

When I first said a prayer asking Jesus into my life, what I most understood about the experience was that I had just made reservations in Heaven. I thought that was the biggest point… one day, far into the distance, I would get to experience the benefits of making the decision to accept Jesus. For most of my life I believed that the...

Where God’s Grace is Sweetest

For so much of my life I thought that God was indifferent towards me. I felt like I had to achieve some kind of spiritual status for Him to care. I bought into the exhausting idea that as long as I was praying, attending, and serving then I deserved His attention.  While I now know that isn’t true, I sometimes catch myself trying to revert...