Pride: Looks Like a Flower, Grows Like a Weed, Toxic as Hell

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.                                                 -Proverbs 16:18 It has been months now since the story came out, but the collateral damage continues. An influential Christian leader... Continue Reading →

Smashing Idols: How to Enjoy that Thing You Love Without Worshiping It

"And he [Jesus] said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.'" Matthew 22:37-38 It's baseball season and I love it. Be it on the radio, television, or in person, a baseball game... Continue Reading →

3 Keys to Taking the Grind out of Work

If you ever feel like your job lacks purpose and meaning, you are not alone. Gallup surveys on employee engagement have consistently found that around 70% of folks are not into their jobs. This means that for 7 out of 10 people, their bodies are showing up for work every day, but their hearts are... Continue Reading →

The Problem with Pedestals – When Christian Leaders Fall

Please say it isn't so. Please tell me yet another Christian leader with a huge platform didn't just fall in public disgrace? Oh yes he did. In case you hadn't noticed, there has been a string of these sad scenarios in the recent past where a mega-church leader with mega-influence crashes and burns for all... Continue Reading →

L.C.A.I.B. – Local Church at its Best

My lovely wife and I recently attended a couple's banquet put on by our local church. It blessed our socks off. We walked away that evening encouraged about life, about our relationship with God and each other, and about our future together. Funny thing is, it was by no means a grand production. Like most... Continue Reading →

Getting High God’s Way

My friend, Tommy, got high every day during lunch period. He would go to his secret spot outside of the school building, wherever that was, and smoke some weed. It's just what he did. Every day. Tommy, a senior, sat in front of me, a freshman, in our 5th period math class. He gave me... Continue Reading →

When You Feel Stuck – 3 Moves You Can Make

Jen is dealing with a situation right now that has her feeling stuck. She's not sure what to do about it and doesn't feel like she can take it much longer. She feels like she is just a step away from panicking and doing something desperate. There's nothing worse than feeling stuck. Whether it's an... Continue Reading →

Permission to Press Pause in a Press-Play World

In his book, Living into the Life of Jesus, Klauss Issler describes a simple but powerful visual that can remind us to pause for a moment when life is putting the squeeze on. On a sticky-note, draw a circle and write the word, "Pause." This will serve as your very own pause button. If you'd... Continue Reading →

ALL. DAY. LONG. – How to Stay Spiritually Focused Past Noon

In Psalm 25:5, David makes a statement that is challenging. He prays, "Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you." I'm fine until the "all day long" part. Personally, I struggle to maintain a focus on the Lord all... Continue Reading →

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