The Greatest Offering You’ll Ever Give to God

The Greatest Offering You’ll Ever Give to God

Hospitality is a prized virtue in some cultures. There are people groups to whom you might travel who are starving in poverty, yet when you cross the threshold of their door, they will have prepared for you the very best and finest food they possess. To turn them down...
Life: It’s STILL Not About You

Life: It’s STILL Not About You

Over a decade ago, Pastor Rick Warren wrote The Purpose Driven Life, which went viral and global. I still give it away all the time as a basic primer on life as God intended it to be lived. And this best-selling book starts with a single line that polarizes and leaves...
When You’re Completely Spent and Have Nothing to Show For it All

When You’re Completely Spent and Have Nothing to Show For it All

When my wife and I were first married, we lived in Beebe, Arkansas where I served as pastor of a small church and we commuted several days per week to Conway, an hour away, for classes at Central Baptist College. The chariot that carried us back and forth was a 1991...
What to Do When Everything Around You is Falling Apart

What to Do When Everything Around You is Falling Apart

Sometimes, everything around you seems to be falling apart. The markets are down and retirement looks bleak… You can’t seem to communicate with your spouse… Recent news from the doctor has you shaken… Most people do one of two things in these...
What Life-Giving Labels Are You Proudly Wearing?

What Life-Giving Labels Are You Proudly Wearing?

Leader and loser are both labels. One, I avoid and the other, I wear gladly. Derwin L. Gray wrote a fantastic book about living under labels called Limitless Life, and I once turned his book into a sermon series. It was a huge hit because we all live under the...
The Two Fictional Stories We Tell Ourselves About Ourselves

The Two Fictional Stories We Tell Ourselves About Ourselves

A. W. Tozer once said, “What you believe about God is the most important thing about you.” I would agree with Tozer, and I would add that a close second is what you believe about yourself. As I interact with others and examine my own heart, I’m...
Living Under Grace Is So Much Better

Living Under Grace Is So Much Better

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me… Even though none of us actually plays by the rules (according to Romans 3:10, 23), we still try rather hard to do so. We’ve all sinned and fallen short, but in our broken condition, we just...
How to Overcome Temptation in God's Power

How to Overcome Temptation in God's Power

Temptation. This one word encompasses all of the greatest threats to a consistent and successful Christian walk. Let it be known that you cannot resist temptation. That is, temptation will always be a part of your life. But you can refuse to give into it in the power...
7 Realities of Knowing and Doing God’s Will

7 Realities of Knowing and Doing God’s Will

It’s possible to know and to do God’s will. Consistently. A couple of decades ago, the church I was leading walked through the Experiencing God study, and it changed my life. I began to understand that God was more than a subject to be studied but rather a...
From Aleppo to Arkansas, Little Boys are Precious

From Aleppo to Arkansas, Little Boys are Precious

Perhaps you’ve seen the picture of Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old little boy pulled from the rubble and placed into an ambulance, following an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. I stared at the photo for a long time. And I watched the footage – just barely...

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