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:...
Do Your Pursuits Align with Your Purpose?

Do Your Pursuits Align with Your Purpose?

When your pursuits aren’t aligned with your purpose, you’ll get frustrated and exhausted. That doesn’t mean there aren’t seasons of preparation, of waiting, or of doing something else temporarily until you can find the freedom to pursue what...
When You’re Completely Spent and Have Nothing to Show For it All

When You’re Completely Spent and Have Nothing to Show For it All

When my wife and I were first married, we lived in Beebe, Arkansas where I served as pastor of a small church and we commuted several days per week to Conway, an hour away, for classes at Central Baptist College. The chariot that carried us back and forth was a 1991...
Go Ahead and Throw Your Best Pitch Out There

Go Ahead and Throw Your Best Pitch Out There

Have you heard about Nathan Patterson? Here’s the scoop… Nathan played baseball in high school, but upon graduation, moved on to more practical things like selling software for a living. After all, how many high school hopefuls actually make it to...
In Ministry, It’s Always Better to Be Real Than to Be Good

In Ministry, It’s Always Better to Be Real Than to Be Good

Sometimes we look for professionals to help us learn things. I was once on a flight that was diverted from John Wayne Airport to LAX, which prompted a wave of sighs from passengers as well as a conversation between me and the guy seated next to me on the plane named...
Growing from “Ought To” to “Can Do” Living

Growing from “Ought To” to “Can Do” Living

You ought to go to church. You ought to read your Bible, eat right, quit smoking, pay your tithes, and be a better mom… dad… husband… wife… yodeler, underwater basket-weaver, etc. The weight of “ought to” living can be crushing. In...

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