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 #1 Secret to a Strong Marriage

Over the past few years that I have been married to my wife I have learned several things that have been beneficial, but one thing in particular has proved by far to be the most powerful. What I’ve learned doesn’t involve exotic vacations, improving sexual performance, or anything else that you might have seen or heard in a magazine or...

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...

Living in Peace When the World Panics

If you have watched the news or read the headlines in the last few weeks you have probably heard about the outbreak of the Ebola disease. Every major network is airing around-the-clock coverage and every detail is being broadcast concerning the sickness. Unfortunately, this disease is also creating widespread panic. As our TVs and phone screens...

3 Reasons Why We Need Less Christian Critics

In just the past few weeks I’ve witnessed two separate instances where someone I’m close to has been harassed for the way they have voiced or represented their belief in Jesus. You would probably assume that the harassment came from narrow-minded, opinionated agnostics. Or maybe from a different faith… but it didn’t. The accusations...

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...

How a Church Changed My Life

few years ago I thought my wife and I were going just to visit the “new church in town”. In my mind it was just another Sunday, just another church. The first few times we stepped foot into the church that we now call home, it wasn’t with complete certainty or comfort. In fact, I had personally set my mind firmly against a few...

Unity > Your Way

Have you ever dumped a jig-saw puzzle on the table and instantly felt confused? It’s frustrating because you know the pieces are supposed to fit together and make a larger picture, but until that occurs all you have is a big mess. It takes each piece being joined together for the picture to be accurately portrayed. I think the Church is...

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...