Be Careful Which Way You Lean

Be Careful Which Way You Lean

I love the story of The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, and one of the most impactful lines comes in an exchange between the Lorax and the Once-ler: The Lorax: Which way does a tree fall? The Once-ler: Uh, down? The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you...
The Gospel Arrives with Supernatural Power

The Gospel Arrives with Supernatural Power

Some messages have the power to elicit evil and incite violence, such as the speeches delivered by Adolph Hitler or Osama bin Laden. Others have the power to provoke massive positive change and hope, like those delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil...
How to Live a Fruitful, Meaningful Life

How to Live a Fruitful, Meaningful Life

There are only two ways to live life. Your way. Or God’s way. There is no third way. To put it another way, I can live my life the way I’m naturally inclined – in my own power, with my own resources, for my own agenda. The Bible says in Proverbs...
Matching Steps as You Follow God Closely

Matching Steps as You Follow God Closely

I recently wrote about walking in the Spirit, but I love the way that Paul gets more specific with a picture of what that looks like day to day. He says, Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. ~ Galatians 5:25 NIV When I was a kid, I looked...
The Spirit-Filled Life Is a Fruitful Life

The Spirit-Filled Life Is a Fruitful Life

I remember a professor in college once asking our class, does a peach tree bear peaches because it’s a peach tree? Or is it a peach tree because it bears peaches? And who cares? Far more importantly… When led by selfishness, you’ll bear the fruit of...
When God Comes to Shake Things Up

When God Comes to Shake Things Up

We so badly want God to show up and do great and mighty things. But we also want him to do those things in ways that don’t scare us. That don’t push us out of the comfort zone or cause us to question our assumptions about him. And God simply will not be...
Experiencing the Empowerment of the Holy Spirit

Experiencing the Empowerment of the Holy Spirit

In the world of sales, there is often the product, and then there is the enhanced edition of the product. Is the upsell worth it? Depends on if you want the basic version or the full-featured version with all the bells and whistles. In my Christian walk, I want all...
One Prayer God Always Loves to Answer

One Prayer God Always Loves to Answer

Probably one of the truest tweets ever tweeted was by a mark (the @CatWhisprer)… [at my funeral] MY KID: *leans into my coffin and whispers* can i play a game on your phone? — mark (@TheCatWhisprer) September 11, 2019 Yes, kids can ask for all kinds of things,...
Welcome to the ‘Last Days’ the Bible Talks About!

Welcome to the ‘Last Days’ the Bible Talks About!

When you hear the phrase “last days,” do you think of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie or a series of novels about the Antichrist and Armageddon? Maybe you picture a dude in a suit behind a big pulpit on television using scare tactics about “how bad...
Growing from “Ought To” to “Can Do” Living

Growing from “Ought To” to “Can Do” Living

You ought to go to church. You ought to read your Bible, eat right, quit smoking, pay your tithes, and be a better mom… dad… husband… wife… yodeler, underwater basket-weaver, etc. The weight of “ought to” living can be crushing. In...

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