Category - God

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...

How a Perfect Love Defeated Death

I’ve been thinking about the events leading up to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and every time I read the scripture it becomes more and more mind blowing. I’ve known for years why Jesus died on the cross, but only recently have I taken the time to learn about how He died. He died in victory and it happened in a way that no one...

Answering Your Problems With Your Praise

Your emotions and feelings aren’t always the easiest thing to control. A lot of times they seem to take control of you. Often all it takes is one mistake, one issue, or one problem to completely de-rail your day. Trying to figure out and control your feelings can be overwhelming and most likely you will just exhaust yourself trying. Instead, I...

Real People with Real Problems

For most of my life I honestly didn’t look forward to going to church or reading the Bible. I thought that everyone in the Bible was perfect and everyone in church was close to perfect. I was afraid to be honest and open because I didn’t feel like I could relate to anyone. I thought that everyone around me had it all together and I was the...