Long Before You Were Born

Long Before You Were Born

On March 5, 1995, I was on a school bus headed to Louisville, Kentucky for a field trip when I first read about the prophet Jeremiah’s call to ministry. The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I...
About Those Good Plans God Has for You

About Those Good Plans God Has for You

One of the most-quoted, and also mis-applied Old Testament Scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11. We pull it from its surrounding historical and grammatical context and stick it on wall art or greeting cards without really understanding the bigger meaning behind it. For I know...
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...
How to Find Deep Satisfaction for All of Eternity

How to Find Deep Satisfaction for All of Eternity

The prophet Jeremiah spoke on God’s behalf when he said, My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. ~ Jeremiah 2:13 NIV The implication is clear....
Do Your Pursuits Align with Your Purpose?

Do Your Pursuits Align with Your Purpose?

When your pursuits aren’t aligned with your purpose, you’ll get frustrated and exhausted. That doesn’t mean there aren’t seasons of preparation, of waiting, or of doing something else temporarily until you can find the freedom to pursue what...
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...
The Positive Side of Leading Under Pressure

The Positive Side of Leading Under Pressure

As I write this, we’re three days from our church’s big Grand Opening at our new location. Our church is seven years old. We’ve met in an office, a hotel, a college campus, two movie theaters, and for the last three years, a leased location. Almost a...
Find Your Calling Podcast with Todd Wilson

Find Your Calling Podcast with Todd Wilson

When Todd Wilson reached out and asked if I’d do an interview with him on his Find Your Calling podcast, I was humbled and grateful. Todd’s a great guy and he’s had some great guests, so I gladly agreed. Amazingly, during the interview, Todd actually...
God's Five Purposes for Your Marriage

God's Five Purposes for Your Marriage

Are you happily married? Happiness rises and falls, for all of us, married or not. And happiness isn’t the real goal of life anyway. Every day, I pray a prayer over my children that says, “God, help them to first be holy (set apart for You), and then to be...
Be a More Balanced Church

Be a More Balanced Church

Remember the old V-8 commercials where someone who wasn’t taking in a balanced diet would be leaning to one side? That’s what I think of as I read the thoughts and opinions of various church leaders about “what the church should be all about.”...

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