In Conflict, Check Your Motives

In Conflict, Check Your Motives

Have you ever realized, mid-conversation, that the person you’re arguing with is actually right and you are wrong, but you’re already in too deep to turn around so you keep going anyway? Me too. It’s evidence of our pride and our need to be regarded...
Caring for the Least of These

Caring for the Least of These

When Angie and I moved into the first home we ever purchased for ourselves, we moved into an aging neighborhood where we were surrounded by sweet older widows. One day, a van pulled into the driveway of the home across the street and along the side were the words:...
Good News for the Broken

Good News for the Broken

When Jesus was beginning his ministry, he stood up in the Temple one day and read a passage of scripture that everyone knew was reserved for the One who would come to be the messiah and savior… “‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,’ Jesus said. ‘Because he has anointed...
Season Your Speech with Grace

Season Your Speech with Grace

Every conversation you get into is an opportunity to show people the grace of God that you’ve experienced in your own life. The apostle Paul wrote to the Colossian believers once. In chapter 4 verse 6 of his letter, he said, “Let every conversation be always full of...
Words Can Burn it All Down

Words Can Burn it All Down

Words can burn it all down. Words can destroy your family, they can destroy your heart, they can destroy your marriage. Words can cause destruction in a church, in a family, in a workplace, in the culture. And I think we see that right now. It’s happening all around...
The Thing That Scares Me the Most

The Thing That Scares Me the Most

Know what really scares me as a pastor? It’s that my words are going to cause people to take action. People will, based on a sermon, based on a tweet, based on an interaction, or a counseling session decide things about their future based on my advice based on how I...
Real Faith Goes All In

Real Faith Goes All In

Real, Biblical faith is obedience. I read a quote recently that simply said, “Faith is not believing in spite of evidence. Faith is acting in spite of consequence.” In other words, real faith doesn’t just say, I’ve weighed out the facts. I’ve looked at what the Bible...
Real Faith Moves Past Fear

Real Faith Moves Past Fear

James’s chapter 2, verse 18 says, “Some of you will say you have I have faith, I have deeds: show me your faith without deeds and I’ll show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Even the demons believe that and shutter.” (NIV) The forces of...
Real Faith Chooses Transformation Over Information

Real Faith Chooses Transformation Over Information

Real faith uses information for the purpose of transformation. D. L. Moody said, “the Bible was not given for merely our information, but for our transformation.” That is to say, Scripture, the Bible, was not just given to give us facts. It’s not just...
Real Faith Moves Toward the Messes

Real Faith Moves Toward the Messes

Real, Biblical faith moves toward messes. What in the world do I mean by that? We’ve been walking through the book of James lately and in chapter two James says, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but no deeds, can such faith...

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