The Power of Believing in People, Starting with Yourself

The Power of Believing in People, Starting with Yourself

There is tremendous power in believing in people and telling them so. In fact, one of the biggest factors carrying me through a currently difficult season is hearing from people who still believe in me enough to tell me. I wrote a short piece about this over on my...
I Don’t Know Yet, But I Can Tell You What I Think

I Don’t Know Yet, But I Can Tell You What I Think

At the ripe old age of 19, I was married and serving as the Senior Pastor of a small church in rural Arkansas. And I knew it all. It wasn’t until years later that I realized not only how little I actually knew, but how freeing and empowering it is to acknowledge...
Aren’t You Curious? How Curiosity Cures Us

Aren’t You Curious? How Curiosity Cures Us

Aren’t you curious? About what makes people tick? About where all the dinosaurs went? About what life would be like growing up in rural Mongolia? About what the fall of this year is going to bring us? We were all taught that “curiosity killed the cat,” mainly by...
Why Holy Week is Hard for Many People

Why Holy Week is Hard for Many People

Every Mother’s Day Sunday (in the United States, it’s the second Sunday in May) and every Father’s Day (In the United States, the third Sunday in June), I preach messages that start with a disclaimer about the kind of pain those days can bring to...
The Two Ways Jesus Gets Me Through My Hardest Days

The Two Ways Jesus Gets Me Through My Hardest Days

Earlier today, I received a text from a friend who asked how I and my family were faring right now. I responded simply with, “Surviving well.” Thankfully, my friend and his family are surviving well also. How about you? Are you surviving well? As I write this, it’s...
How to Live a Fruitful, Meaningful Life

How to Live a Fruitful, Meaningful Life

There are only two ways to live life. Your way. Or God’s way. There is no third way. To put it another way, I can live my life the way I’m naturally inclined – in my own power, with my own resources, for my own agenda. The Bible says in Proverbs...
4 Attitudes You Can Choose Today

4 Attitudes You Can Choose Today

Sometimes God takes me back to kindergarten, spiritually speaking. I spend time reading theological treatises, but I sometimes forget the most basic and simple of truths. Here’s one of those basic truths I sometimes struggle with: We choose our attitudes. We...
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...
My Greatest Desire and Biggest Goal for the New Year

My Greatest Desire and Biggest Goal for the New Year

I need to lose weight, work out, and rest consistently. I want to be a better husband and Dad. I need to read more books, save and give more money, and share my faith more. But if you want to know the single most important goal I have for the coming year, it is this:...

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