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...

Hearing God through the Noise

Living with an awareness of God’s presence is a vital component of the Christian life. The fact that we can live in relationship with God is an incredible gift and something that I can’t and wouldn’t want to live without. We’ve been promised that God is near and we can know that the promise is true, but one thing I’ve learned is that it...

Why You Should Stop Listening to Fear

Have you ever done something crazy for someone you loved? My guess is that you have. That’s because that is what love does. It makes us respond in a manner that goes above and beyond. Love greatly overshadows fear and worry.  It will give you the courage to do things you wouldn’t even consider doing otherwise. For example, a few years ago I...

Delivering the Gospel

It seems like there is a constant debate that exist regarding what is and isn’t acceptable in church and in the delivery of the Gospel. I’ve heard condemnation cast at contemporary music, moving lights, humor used in sermons, Bible translations, architectural style of church, etc..etc.. I’m not at all for introducing ‘new...

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...

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Give Up The Fight

We all face battles in life. We all have weaknesses, temptations, and unfortunate circumstances that test our faith and force us to choose between giving up and giving in or fighting tooth and nail to stay close to the heart of God. The Word says that the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). We are...

5 Lies I Used To Believe About Being Christian

I wonder sometimes how many people wake up every day, walk out the door, and live a life filled with lies. How many people wake up believing the lie that they are unworthy, unloved, and unwanted? How many live in the falsehood of legalism constantly trying to “earn” God’s love? I wonder how many people have bought into religion and...

Jesus Is With Us Always

Just a couple of days ago I dropped my wife off at the airport to fly overseas to deliver supplies and serve at an orphanage in Uganda. While I am incredibly proud of her for choosing to follow the desire God put into her heart, I’d be lying if I said that her being 7,000 miles away doesn’t make me uncomfortable. In reality, this trip is out...

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...