What if I’m Not Ready to Be Healed?

What if I’m Not Ready to Be Healed?

Healing comes with a heavy cost. We can release our grip on resentment and rebellion, receive help, and experience renewal in every part of our lives. But… If we do that – if we embrace the kind of healing available to everybody who is broken and in pain...
Can You Really Do ALL Things Through Christ?

Can You Really Do ALL Things Through Christ?

Christians often quote Philippians 4:13 for motivation, and it’s certainly very powerful… I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13 NKJV But is it true? Can I really claim this verse? The good news is, YES! It’s in the...
Breaking Free from the Bondage of Anger

Breaking Free from the Bondage of Anger

Six years ago, I stood before our church as we started a new message series called Healing, and introduced the sermon saying, “Hi. My name is Brandon. I’m a Christian who struggles with anger.” For the first fifteen years of my ministry, I learned to...
When Depression is Demonic

When Depression is Demonic

As I’ve said in many other places, I’m a huge believer that Christians should approach the subject of depression and mental health holistically. That is, we must consider the medical, spiritual, physical, psychological, and emotional angles. We should see...
The Most Rewarding Hard Work You’ll Ever Do

The Most Rewarding Hard Work You’ll Ever Do

Hard work is virtuous. And when it comes to hard work, we seem to go to two extremes in our culture… We look for a way out of it – Like, how do I get rich, quickly, with very little training, no learning curve, and in as few hours as possible? We let it...
The Best Personality Type for Ministry Leaders

The Best Personality Type for Ministry Leaders

I’m an introvert, and I’m a pastor. It’s a tough combination to pull off, especially when we tend to celebrate certain types of personalities over others in the world of ministry leadership. As church planters, we went through a couple of different...
7 Realities of Knowing and Doing God’s Will

7 Realities of Knowing and Doing God’s Will

It’s possible to know and to do God’s will. Consistently. A couple of decades ago, the church I was leading walked through the Experiencing God study, and it changed my life. I began to understand that God was more than a subject to be studied but rather a...

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