The Good News of the Kingdom of God

The Good News of the Kingdom of God

When you’re thirsty, the arrival of water is good news. When you’re hungry, food is good news. When you’re hurting, healing is good news. And when you live in a world where everything is flipped, the innocent are oppressed, unrighteous people rule,...
If You’ve Been Changed by the Gospel, Share It and Show It

If You’ve Been Changed by the Gospel, Share It and Show It

If you’re a follower of Jesus, you are called, commissioned, and equipped to share your faith. It’s not a matter of having a special calling to full-time pastoral ministry or moving overseas as a missionary. You’re already a missionary to your...
The Good News of the Gospel is TOO Good to Keep Hidden

The Good News of the Gospel is TOO Good to Keep Hidden

One of my favorite subtle movie lines is found in The Grinch (the Jim Carrey edition). In a scene where he’s busy “hating the Who’s,” the Grinch runs through is to do list and one of the items is, “Solve world hunger… Tell no...
Fear God, and Fear Nothing Else

Fear God, and Fear Nothing Else

The Bible is filled with “fear not” commandments. It’s clear that fear holds us back from knowing and pursuing God’s purposes and living a life of confidence and victory. And fear is also essentially a lack of faith. It’s a failure of...
You were Created to Get Creative

You were Created to Get Creative

God is quite creative. All you have to do is look up and around you and you’ll see a world filled with wonder, with color, in mesmerizing detail. Often when people express themselves creatively, even when they aren’t producing specifically...
The Church Jesus Started is a Generosity Movement

The Church Jesus Started is a Generosity Movement

I love the church. And I don’t love it nearly as much as Jesus loves the church. He’s the One who died for her. We often evaluate the church today as an institution. We’ll talk about what’s wrong with the church, what’s right with the...
Giving the Gift of a Blessing

Giving the Gift of a Blessing

When I was a fairly young believer, my father-in-law (who was also my Pastor) led us in a study of Gary Smalley and John Trent’s The Gift Of The Blessing. We talked then about how frivolously we throw around the words “blessed” and...
How to Walk in the Light

How to Walk in the Light

There is darkness, and there is light. And because of the existence of both Satan and sin, the world walks in darkness. Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers and people walk in darkness. But light dispels darkness! When John, one of Jesus’ closest apostles,...
The Rare and Valuable Gift of Gratitude

The Rare and Valuable Gift of Gratitude

Researchers agree with what has been written in scripture for two thousand years – gratitude is powerful! Expressing thanks actually releases endorphins in our brains that cause us to feel happiness. One of the most valuable practices you can get into is the...
The Antidote to Consumerism? Generosity!

The Antidote to Consumerism? Generosity!

This post is being published on Black Friday, so named because Americans do so much shopping that a lot of retailers who have been in the “red” all year suddenly find their way back into the “black” and close out the year having earned a...