Invincibility: Life or Death… I’m Good

Brandon Devotional

Paul went from persecuting the church to being a persecuted apostle of the church. After his arrest in Jerusalem, during his first imprisonment, he wrote a letter to the Philippians in which he boldly declared this short but profound … For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (1:21) In other words… “If I live, I …

Rekindle the Flame of Love by Paying Attention Again

Brandon Devotional

We don’t fall out of . We stop choosing to do things that are loving. So the way back to is to do the loving things we did early in our relationship. And that often starts with the simple step of paying attention again. Paul challenged the believers in Philippi, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking …

Shine On

Why I Believe in Positive Thinking

Brandon Living

I’m not a fan of what’s often called a “positive thinking” or “possibility thinking” theology That is, to say that we’re all basically good and just need to realize the power of the good within us could be referred to with the theological term, baloney. We’re depraved and sinful and desperately wicked. We need a Redeemer and a Savior, found …

When God Takes A City

Brandon Culture

We’re walking with the apostle Paul on Wednesday evenings and we’ve just received our call to Macedonia (modern-day Greece). We parted ways with Barnabas, taking Silas instead, and we picked up Timothy and Luke on the trip. In Philippi, God to the city for Himself! How did it happen? On Saturday, one business woman named Lydia, a “seller of purple” …

Striving for Holiness

Brandon Living

I’ll just try harder. That’s the mentality of most people who are trying to be good Christians. “Well, I tried and I blew it, so I’ll just try harder.” The problem is that God resists the proud, so the you think you can handle sin and temptation on your own, the less God will help. But He gives grace …