About Those Good Plans God Has for You

About Those Good Plans God Has for You

One of the most-quoted, and also mis-applied Old Testament Scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11. We pull it from its surrounding historical and grammatical context and stick it on wall art or greeting cards without really understanding the bigger meaning behind it. For I know...
This is the Hour for Commitment

This is the Hour for Commitment

Satan’s “hour” occurred when Jesus was dying on the cross. The serpent was bruising the heel of God’s Son. Jesus’ “hour” occurred when he came back from the grave in his bodily resurrection, crushing the head of the serpent....
Why Love Matters More Than Anything Else

Why Love Matters More Than Anything Else

Which, of all the commandments in the Bible, is the most important? Both Jesus and Paul argue that it is love – love for God and love for neighbors. Paul explains why that’s true, but it’s hard for some of us to embrace his reasoning: Love makes it...
Running with Passion After God’s Purpose

Running with Passion After God’s Purpose

I was born in 1977 and grew up in the 1980’s. Our heroes were Buck Rogers, Luke Skywalker, and the Robinson family from Lost in Space (the original). It always seemed that, during that period in our culture, we were a little obsessed with the year 2020. And now...
How to Live with Spiritual Confidence

How to Live with Spiritual Confidence

Are you confident? God wants you to be. He doesn’t want you to be arrogant or self-reliant, but He does want you to wake up each morning and face the day with a sense of spiritual confidence, rooted in your relationship with Him. He even went to the trouble of...
How to Find Deep Satisfaction for All of Eternity

How to Find Deep Satisfaction for All of Eternity

The prophet Jeremiah spoke on God’s behalf when he said, My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. ~ Jeremiah 2:13 NIV The implication is clear....
Where Would I Be Without God’s Patience?

Where Would I Be Without God’s Patience?

As of the moment in which I’m writing this, I’m 42 years old. And there are mistakes I’ve been making for more than four decades. You’d think, by now, I’d have mastered all of my areas of weakness, right? Surely I’ve had time to...
The Greatest Offering You’ll Ever Give to God

The Greatest Offering You’ll Ever Give to God

Hospitality is a prized virtue in some cultures. There are people groups to whom you might travel who are starving in poverty, yet when you cross the threshold of their door, they will have prepared for you the very best and finest food they possess. To turn them down...
Life: It’s STILL Not About You

Life: It’s STILL Not About You

Over a decade ago, Pastor Rick Warren wrote The Purpose Driven Life, which went viral and global. I still give it away all the time as a basic primer on life as God intended it to be lived. And this best-selling book starts with a single line that polarizes and leaves...
God Is A Finisher

God Is A Finisher

I have taken lessons in piano, guitar, trumpet, and karate. Does this make me a master of all of these abilities? No! Because I stopped each one after only a few months. I’m a master of starting things! God, however, is the Master of finishing. Consider this. In...