You Should Catch a Glimpse of Jesus as He is Now

You Should Catch a Glimpse of Jesus as He is Now

When you imagine what Jesus looks like, do you picture him from an illustration from Sunday School? Perhaps a painting from the era of the Renaissance? Or maybe as he is often portrayed in movies about his life? I believe Jesus was incredibly winsome and gracious. His...
What’s Holding You Back? Unrealistic Expectations

What’s Holding You Back? Unrealistic Expectations

I believe the Bible is the most realistically positive book in existence. What I mean is, it’s not full of empty, fluffy sayings that don’t hold water in real life. Instead, the Bible is honest with us about sin and about limitations, but offers us the...
One New Commandment to Rule Them All

One New Commandment to Rule Them All

The Jewish people had lots of commandments in their scriptures. There were the “big ten,” but hundreds of others as well, plus all the extra, outside-the-scriptures commandments that helped them keep the in-the-scriptures commandments. Imagine the sense of...
God Loves You with a Love-in-Action

God Loves You with a Love-in-Action

In yesterday’s devotional, I mentioned that God loves you with his emotions. If you’ve not related to God as a God with emotions, that may be a struggle to embrace, partly because we assume emotional means shallow. But here’s the truth: God loves you...
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...
Does God Want You to Be Happy? Yes! But…

Does God Want You to Be Happy? Yes! But…

Jesus, in the sermon on the mount, gave us a pathway to happiness called the beatitudes. God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. – Matthew 5:3-4...
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 Components of a Healthy Church Planting Model

3 Components of a Healthy Church Planting Model

We’re so “ether-or” in our viewpoints, aren’t we? We have a tendency to form an opinion, stake a position, and defend it against anything that looks different. Tension can be good. Out of tension flows a creative discussion and differences of...
Great Leadership is Always About Serving Other People

Great Leadership is Always About Serving Other People

The best book I’ve ever read on leadership is – and I’m not merely trying to sound spiritual – the Bible. Jesus was the greatest leader of all time, of course, but there are also many other examples of great leadership in Scripture. Joseph was...

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