Burdened With Religion, But Not Born Again

Burdened With Religion, But Not Born Again

“You religious or something?” Greg Stier, founder of Dare 2 Share tells the story of a random meeting in a coffee shop with a goth’d out guy who asked him that question with a bit of a sneer. Greg responded wisely, “No man, I can’t stand...
Living With a Single Priority

Living With a Single Priority

Priorities. Did you know that word actually means pretty much nothing? The word priority comes from the Latin word prior which means former or first. That which is a priority is first. It’s the source out of which something else comes. So to have many different...
Be Careful Which Way You Lean

Be Careful Which Way You Lean

I love the story of The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, and one of the most impactful lines comes in an exchange between the Lorax and the Once-ler: The Lorax: Which way does a tree fall? The Once-ler: Uh, down? The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you...

Never Be Defined by Lousy Labels

  Where I grew up, there was a mall, and in that mall was a Castner Knott (long since acquired by Dillard’s), and in that Castner Knott store was the boys clothing department, and in the back of that department were the jeans for the “husky”...

SINCE Jesus Christ Rose from the Dead…

When I was a kid, I heard the gospel and believed it. I didn’t fully understand it, but I believed it. I can remember attending our annual Easter Sunday sunrise service at the foot of the hill that hosted the headstones of our little country church’s...
What Did Jesus Suffer? And Why?

What Did Jesus Suffer? And Why?

About seven hundred years before Jesus died on the cross, Isaiah wrote about it in extraordinary detail… Who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the LORD’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a...
There Is a Narcissism Epidemic In Our Culture. Are You a Carrier?

There Is a Narcissism Epidemic In Our Culture. Are You a Carrier?

Me. Myself. And I. The three people we tend to care about the most in western civilization. Since the fall of Adam and Eve, the sickness of self-absorption has infected all of humanity, but it has particularly affected segments of the population that have adopted...
The Message of the Cross Makes All the Difference

The Message of the Cross Makes All the Difference

Yesterday, we launched a new message series at Grace Hills all about The CROSS. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt the power of God overwhelm me for a message as much as the first in this series, and I think I know why. Paul said it this way: The message of the...
Feeling Guilty? Why We Should Embrace the Gift of Guilt

Feeling Guilty? Why We Should Embrace the Gift of Guilt

Regret stinks. It’s an awful place to live. None of us like to feel guilty. So here’s some good news and some bad news about guilt. The bad news is, you’re guilty. As I am. As everyone is. The Apostle Paul made it pretty explicit, quoting the 53rd...
Why You Might Be Missing Out on Hearing from God

Why You Might Be Missing Out on Hearing from God

Ever been in that place where you wonder why God isn’t showing up? Why there is no fresh word from Him? In places of depression and despair, we are so often yearning for what it seems God isn’t willing to give us – His voice. Elijah the prophet was...