Real Faith Goes All In

Real Faith Goes All In

Real, Biblical faith is obedience. I read a quote recently that simply said, “Faith is not believing in spite of evidence. Faith is acting in spite of consequence.” In other words, real faith doesn’t just say, I’ve weighed out the facts. I’ve looked at what the Bible...
Real Faith Moves Past Fear

Real Faith Moves Past Fear

James’s chapter 2, verse 18 says, “Some of you will say you have I have faith, I have deeds: show me your faith without deeds and I’ll show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Even the demons believe that and shutter.” (NIV) The forces of...
Real Faith Moves Toward the Messes

Real Faith Moves Toward the Messes

Real, Biblical faith moves toward messes. What in the world do I mean by that? We’ve been walking through the book of James lately and in chapter two James says, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but no deeds, can such faith...
Real Faith is a Faith That Works

Real Faith is a Faith That Works

 I don’t know about you, but I like tools. I don’t necessarily use tools a lot, but I feel like I should have them. When it comes time to do some kind of home improvement or repair project and I need a tool that I don’t have, my wife always wants me to go borrow one...
Are You Being Tested? Or Tempted?

Are You Being Tested? Or Tempted?

I love taking tests. I always have. I love filling in bubbles and trying to figure out the correct answer. The problem is, while I like taking tests, I don’t like studying for them. Therefore, I don’t always perform well on them. Just as growing up in this world means...
Are We All Being Tested? Yes, Actually

Are We All Being Tested? Yes, Actually

Driving a car is second nature to me now. And it likely is for you as well if you’ve been driving for more than a year or two. But do you remember the jitters you had on testing day? When I first started learning to drive, there were so many details to remember...
The Safest Secret Hideout in the World

The Safest Secret Hideout in the World

I spent a lot of my childhood playing in a small patch of woods behind my grandparents’ home in Rockfield, Kentucky. There were multiple sinkholes – one of them large enough you could throw a couple of cars into it – a wet weather spring, and lots of...
Walk by Faith, Not Fear, and Never Stop Loving Your Neighbor

Walk by Faith, Not Fear, and Never Stop Loving Your Neighbor

One of the most-repeated commands in the Bible is to “fear not.” Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount not to worry about tomorrow. And Paul assured the Philippian Christians, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and...
4 Attitudes You Can Choose Today

4 Attitudes You Can Choose Today

Sometimes God takes me back to kindergarten, spiritually speaking. I spend time reading theological treatises, but I sometimes forget the most basic and simple of truths. Here’s one of those basic truths I sometimes struggle with: We choose our attitudes. We...
Now Stay Free!

Now Stay Free!

Paul said it bluntly, “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Galatians 5:1 NLT) Paul had been building a case with his letter to the Galatians that when we try to work our...

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