Tag - Jesus

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Jesus Calls Us Friend

That statement in John 15:15 – “..but I have called you friends” – astounds me, stops me in my tracks. The Son of God calls… ME … friend. It doesn’t make sense to me. I mean, I can understand why I have some of the friends that I have. For example, we both like sports or we attend the same church or we work at the...