Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

I’ve often said the most destructive force on earth is a man who doesn’t know who he is. When you don’t know where you came from, it’s easy to lose your grip on your purpose. And when you don’t know where you’re going, you can more...
How God Built Himself a House

How God Built Himself a House

“Does God live up there?” When I pastored a church that ran a preschool, that’s what one little girl asked me during a chapel service, pointing to the area above and behind the choir loft where the baptistry was located. In her innocence, she assumed...
You Choose What Stories You Rehearse

You Choose What Stories You Rehearse

When I was a kid, my parents subscribed to a collection of Disney books about all of my favorite characters. Every few weeks, we’d get a new book about Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Pete’s Dragon, or Robin Hood. Then, I’d drive my Mom crazy asking her...
Work While You Wait

Work While You Wait

One of the reasons we struggle so much with the process of waiting on God’s timing is because we embrace the false notion that while we’re waiting, nothing is happening. But God is an active God, always on the move. That’s why it’s important to...
Breaking Free from the Bondage of Anger

Breaking Free from the Bondage of Anger

Six years ago, I stood before our church as we started a new message series called Healing, and introduced the sermon saying, “Hi. My name is Brandon. I’m a Christian who struggles with anger.” For the first fifteen years of my ministry, I learned to...
How to Fight Depression with Faith

How to Fight Depression with Faith

Let me be clear about one thing. Faith is not a quick fix for depression. It’s never a matter of “just have more faith and you’ll feel better.” And here’s why… Faith is not a feeling. In fact, faith and feelings can often be in...
Before You Were Born, You Were Loved

Before You Were Born, You Were Loved

My long distance pastor, Rick Warren, said something that changed my whole perspective of life once… Most people think we sin because we don’t love God enough. But I believe we sin because we don’t realize just how much God loves us. I believe...
You Have Everything You’ll Ever Really Need Forever

You Have Everything You’ll Ever Really Need Forever

My nine-year-old asked me the other day, “If I ask Santa for a laptop, he’ll get me one, right?” To which I simply replied, “Probably not.” Some of us view God as a sort of genie in the sky, ready to shower down gifts and presents on us...
4 Ways to Show You’re Really ‘In Love’ with Your Spouse

4 Ways to Show You’re Really ‘In Love’ with Your Spouse

I first met my wife in high school. I was a senior, she was a junior, and we were seven lockers apart. We met. We talked… a LOT. We fell in love. That phrase is actually a pretty good descriptor of what often happens when a guy and a girl first start dating....

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