Every Good Gift You’ve Ever Known

Every Good Gift You’ve Ever Known

Life is a gift. And life is filled with gifts. Every sweet breath on a pretty day, every drop of rain on parched ground, and every moment we spend enjoying the company of a loved one. But from whom? Every gift has a giver and the Apostle James tells us who that Giver...
The Proof That God Will Take Care of You

The Proof That God Will Take Care of You

We wonder if God can take care of us financially, or physically, or relationally. But God has already proven and established his faithfulness in the most extreme way. He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with...
What Do You Have to Say About God?

What Do You Have to Say About God?

Did you know that the human mind tends to follow its most dominant thought? For example, if a child is walking along the edge of a wall and you shout, “Don’t fall!,” the child is now slightly more likely to fall because you suggested a thought that...
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...
The World is in Very Good Hands

The World is in Very Good Hands

Which is it? That the world has gone crazy and everything is bad? Or that the world is at peace because God is in control? Perhaps the answer is a bit of both. God made a perfectly peaceful paradise and offered it as a gift to be stewarded by mankind. Then… sin....
God Has Always Been a Giver

God Has Always Been a Giver

My long distance pastor, Rick Warren, often says, “You’re most like God when you’re giving.” And I agree with him, primarily because God has always been a giver. Just as God is love, just as God is all-knowing and ever-present, God is also...
How to Actually Find God

How to Actually Find God

With all three of my children, I experienced nearly the same special moment playing hide-and-seek. I would hide. They would seek. And I could always win. Always. There are a hundred places in even the smallest home where a toddler can’t imagine a human being daring to...
Powerful Prayers Happen When We Partner Together with God

Powerful Prayers Happen When We Partner Together with God

Want to pray powerful prayers? Charles Spurgeon once said, “Prayer moves the arm that moves the world.” One of my mentors, Grady Higgs, often says that “nothing heavenly happens on earth without prayer.” In other words, there are things God is...
Just Remember Who Is Really God, and Who God Really Is

Just Remember Who Is Really God, and Who God Really Is

When you read the book of Exodus, you’re reading the story of a God who is determined to free his people from bondage and slavery. No matter how hard the Egyptians fight, no matter how much the Israelites misunderstand God’s motives, and no matter how long...
5 Ways to Recover Your Passion for Pastoral Leadership

5 Ways to Recover Your Passion for Pastoral Leadership

I’ve been there. I’ve been burned out and depressed, discouraged and defeated. I’ve led in atmospheres where every creative idea was smothered by questions rooted in fear. I’ve been distracted by secondary interests. I’ve given into my...

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