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...
The Secret to Being “At Peace” with Life

The Secret to Being “At Peace” with Life

Fear, worry, and anxiety are all cousins. Fear is our reaction to something that intimidates us. Worry is what happens when we dwell on our fears. And anxiety is when worry works its way into our very physiology. And in our culture, we’re very anxious. The big...
You Choose What You Focus On

You Choose What You Focus On

You rarely get to choose your circumstances. You can’t stop world hunger, pandemics, or global economic conditions. But you can choose what you focus on. Think of your focus as a kind of currency. You can literally only have one conscious thought at a time, so...
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...
Can You Really Do ALL Things Through Christ?

Can You Really Do ALL Things Through Christ?

Christians often quote Philippians 4:13 for motivation, and it’s certainly very powerful… I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13 NKJV But is it true? Can I really claim this verse? The good news is, YES! It’s in the...
Running with Passion After God’s Purpose

Running with Passion After God’s Purpose

I was born in 1977 and grew up in the 1980’s. Our heroes were Buck Rogers, Luke Skywalker, and the Robinson family from Lost in Space (the original). It always seemed that, during that period in our culture, we were a little obsessed with the year 2020. And now...
God Is A Finisher

God Is A Finisher

I have taken lessons in piano, guitar, trumpet, and karate. Does this make me a master of all of these abilities? No! Because I stopped each one after only a few months. I’m a master of starting things! God, however, is the Master of finishing. Consider this. In...
Living for the Outpouring of God’s Best Blessings

Living for the Outpouring of God’s Best Blessings

You can live for lots of things. Success. Fame. Fortune. Pleasure. Alcohol, drugs, sex. The approval of others. You can even live for healthy things in an unhealthy way – kids, jobs, achievement, etc. Some of the things for which we live aren’t bad in and...
When God Awakens a City to Himself

When God Awakens a City to Himself

When I say “city,” you can think community, or neighborhood, or metropolitan area, or whatever your context is. The point is the same… I love the picture of Philippi coming to know Jesus through Paul and his friends in Acts, chapter 16. On Saturday,...
How to Go from "Poor Me" to "Praise God"

How to Go from "Poor Me" to "Praise God"

Difficulties are inevitable. Job, who suffered far more than most people will ever endure said, “People are born for trouble as readily as sparks fly up from a fire.” (Job 5:7 NLT) You can’t control the weather, the stock market, or the decisions...

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