The Two Ways Jesus Gets Me Through My Hardest Days

The Two Ways Jesus Gets Me Through My Hardest Days

Earlier today, I received a text from a friend who asked how I and my family were faring right now. I responded simply with, “Surviving well.” Thankfully, my friend and his family are surviving well also. How about you? Are you surviving well? As I write this, it’s...
Consider it Pure Joy When Everything is Going Wrong

Consider it Pure Joy When Everything is Going Wrong

Not once in my life have I ever felt happy about suffering. I’ve never walked through a trial, a moment of temptation, or a season of testing with a big smile on my face yelling, “This is awesome!!” But when I am thinking biblically about my life, I can count hard...
Are We All Being Tested? Yes, Actually

Are We All Being Tested? Yes, Actually

Driving a car is second nature to me now. And it likely is for you as well if you’ve been driving for more than a year or two. But do you remember the jitters you had on testing day? When I first started learning to drive, there were so many details to remember...
How to Always, Always Have Enough

How to Always, Always Have Enough

On the consumerism-to-contentment spectrum, our culture is wholly tilted toward consumerism. Marketing isn’t a bad thing, in and of itself, but we would be wise to understand that we’re always receiving marketing messages designed to convince us of one...
What’s Holding You Back? Unresolved Pain

What’s Holding You Back? Unresolved Pain

At one of the earliest jobs I worked, I pressed a button on the front of a fireproof file cabinet containing some important files that I needed access to several times per day. The only problem was, there was no key. I found myself in the office of the company’s...
Your Pain Always Has a Point

Your Pain Always Has a Point

A. W. Tozer once said, “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.” Tozer wrote those words in a previous generation of Christianity. He did not intend to imply that God wishes to cause pain in the lives of his...
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...
It Happened to a Church Family in Sutherland Springs, Texas

It Happened to a Church Family in Sutherland Springs, Texas

That’s the phrase that keeps going through my mind. It happened to a church family in a small town in Texas. A pastor’s teenage daughter was killed, along with twenty-five other people, plus the shooter at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas....
We Still Don't Get It… Human Life is Precious

We Still Don't Get It… Human Life is Precious

Just after the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down Texas’ laws restricting abortions, I posted a simple status update about all human life being precious… “All human life is precious. ‘You alone created my inner being. You knitted...

Video: Why Does God Allow Evil?

Here’s a two minute snippet from my message this past Sunday at Grace Hills where I address the question of why God allows evil. Cruise over to GraceHillsChurch.com to watch the full message entitled The Reasons for Our...

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