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...
Words Shape the Future

Words Shape the Future

Words shape the future. Whether we’re talking about written words or spoken words, the fact is families, churches, governments, nations tend to move in some direction because of words that are spoken by a leader or by a parent or by a teacher. Words move the world....
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...
Real Faith is a Faith That Works

Real Faith is a Faith That Works

 I don’t know about you, but I like tools. I don’t necessarily use tools a lot, but I feel like I should have them. When it comes time to do some kind of home improvement or repair project and I need a tool that I don’t have, my wife always wants me to go borrow one...
I Want to Be the Pastor on the Bridge

I Want to Be the Pastor on the Bridge

Every time I read a book or watch a movie about the 1960’s I ask myself, which group of white people would I have found myself amongst if I were an adult through the Civil Rights Movement? Those who were vocally opposed to the movement because of their own overt white...

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