Crush the Curse: Take Radical Action Against Sin

Crush the Curse: Take Radical Action Against Sin

No, you can’t play around with sin. You can’t leave room for it in your life at all. Give sin and inch and it will take a mile. A marriage. A career. A ministry. Sin will go the distance and take your life. Jesus addressed this in rather extreme, harsh terms in his...
Escaping the Rat Race of Life and Leadership

Escaping the Rat Race of Life and Leadership

When we lived in southern California, we lived just off the 5 freeway in a neighborhood in Laguna Hills. I still miss being able to keep the balcony sliding door wide open pretty much year round. Know what I don’t miss? The traffic. On the 5 or the 405, a...
How to Actually Find God

How to Actually Find God

With all three of my children, I experienced nearly the same special moment playing hide-and-seek. I would hide. They would seek. And I could always win. Always. There are a hundred places in even the smallest home where a toddler can’t imagine a human being daring to...
How to Overcome Your FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) Once and For All

How to Overcome Your FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) Once and For All

FOMO (the “fear of missing out”) is a real thing, and it’s more intense than ever. We’re afraid we’ll miss out on all the cool stuff. We’ll miss out on doing something significant with our lives. But God has a purpose for every one of us – a unique pathway to...
Does God Want You to Be Happy? Yes! But…

Does God Want You to Be Happy? Yes! But…

Jesus, in the sermon on the mount, gave us a pathway to happiness called the beatitudes. God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. – Matthew 5:3-4...
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...
9 Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

9 Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

Spiritual disciplines… that phrase has such a strange ring to it. We think of “discipline” as correction, or perhaps as greuling hard work that never ends. It doesn’t usually have a positive connotation, unless you’re into that sort of...
A Christmas Promise: The Word of God Will Never Fail

A Christmas Promise: The Word of God Will Never Fail

The span between Malachi and Matthew lasted approximately four hundred years, often referred to by scholars as the “400 silent years” since there were no records of prophecies or angelic appearances. Then, God spoke. And when God broke the silence, he did...
The Two Fictional Stories We Tell Ourselves About Ourselves

The Two Fictional Stories We Tell Ourselves About Ourselves

A. W. Tozer once said, “What you believe about God is the most important thing about you.” I would agree with Tozer, and I would add that a close second is what you believe about yourself. As I interact with others and examine my own heart, I’m...