The Story That Never Ever Gets Old

The Story That Never Ever Gets Old

When Paul wrote his first letter to the church in Corinth, he had a lot of issues with which to confront them, such as their sectarian division, their sensationalism, and their compromise with the culture of their city. But he started with good news and the intention...
What Did Jesus Suffer? And Why?

What Did Jesus Suffer? And Why?

About seven hundred years before Jesus died on the cross, Isaiah wrote about the event in extraordinary detail… Who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the LORD’s presence like a tender green...
This Is How We Know What Love Is

This Is How We Know What Love Is

Remember the song by Foreigner, I Want to Know What Love Is? If you grew up in the 80’s, or just have an appreciation for timeless classics, the chorus just started in your head and you know the next line… and I want you to show me! I think perhaps the...
Want to Walk in Victory? Fix Your Focus!

Want to Walk in Victory? Fix Your Focus!

One of my good friends, Alejandro, will sometimes text me out of the blue to just see how life is. But rather than ask me how life is, he always opens the conversations with, Bro, are you winning? I love that! I can’t just say, “Fine,” and move on with my day. I have...
Actually, God Calls the Qualified… Into Leadership

Actually, God Calls the Qualified… Into Leadership

Years ago, a sweet lady in our church handed me a little slip of paper to encourage me on my journey. I unfolded it and it read: God doesn’t call the qualified; he qualifies the called. I’m not sure who said it originally, but I’ve heard and repeated...
3 Reasons You Still Don't 'Get' this Grace Thing

3 Reasons You Still Don't 'Get' this Grace Thing

Grace seems easy. It’s grace, after all, right? But in reality, grace is really hard. What I mean is… We have a hard time receiving grace because we either feel that we’re too undeserving to have the undeserved favor of God, or that we’re okay...
There Is a Narcissism Epidemic In Our Culture. Are You a Carrier?

There Is a Narcissism Epidemic In Our Culture. Are You a Carrier?

Me. Myself. And I. The three people we tend to care about the most in western civilization. Since the fall of Adam and Eve, the sickness of self-absorption has infected all of humanity, but it has particularly affected segments of the population that have adopted...
It Took a Death to Purchase Life

It Took a Death to Purchase Life

Yesterday, Pastor Neil and I were sitting in a local Starbuck’s (one of our many new church offices throughout the community) catching up about life and reflecting on our current teaching series at Grace Hills. It’s all about the cross. A woman seated...
The Message of the Cross Makes All the Difference

The Message of the Cross Makes All the Difference

Yesterday, we launched a new message series at Grace Hills all about The CROSS. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt the power of God overwhelm me for a message as much as the first in this series, and I think I know why. Paul said it this way: The message of the...

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