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...
In Temptation, Hit the Eject Button

In Temptation, Hit the Eject Button

Did you hear about the man who accidentally ejected himself from a fast-flying fighter jet at 1,300 feet off the ground? Yeah, scary! He wasn’t a trained pilot and the flight was a surprise retirement gift from some friends, but when he floated out of his seat due to...
Why You Should Run From Cynicism

Why You Should Run From Cynicism

Do you ever get tired of seeing miracles? Is that even a thing? It was for the Israelites traveling through the wilderness. If you caught yesterday’s reading, you know that the people of Israel all enjoyed the very best of spiritual circumstances. They were all led by...
Four Steps to Being Ruined by Temptation

Four Steps to Being Ruined by Temptation

John Mark Hall, with the performing group Casting Crowns, wrote these words in his song, Slow Fade… It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away It’s a slow fade when black and white are turned to gray And thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be...
What’s Holding You Back? Unconfessed Sin

What’s Holding You Back? Unconfessed Sin

I’ve written about how unrealistic expectations and unresolved pain will hold you back from fulfilling the great calling God has placed on your life, but there’s an even bigger barrier to your effectiveness if you allow it to exist: unconfessed sin. ...
Sin Is Not Your Master Anymore

Sin Is Not Your Master Anymore

So much of the imagery of the Old Testament and the language of the New Testament illustrates the Christian life as having been set free from bondage and slavery to a place of spiritual freedom. In one familiar verse, Paul said, Sin is no longer your master, for you...
What It Means to be Dead to Sin

What It Means to be Dead to Sin

I’m sorry, but I’m dead to you! That’s how the Apostle Paul urged us to interact with temptation when it comes. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that...
Crush the Curse: Take Radical Action Against Sin

Crush the Curse: Take Radical Action Against Sin

No, you can’t play around with sin. You can’t leave room for it in your life at all. Give sin and inch and it will take a mile. A marriage. A career. A ministry. Sin will go the distance and take your life. Jesus addressed this in rather extreme, harsh terms in his...

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