When You’re Fighting for Your Life: Anthem of a Survivor

A dear lady in my church - let's call her L -  is fighting for her life today. In just a couple of hours L will undergo a surgery which she may not survive. She has battled chronic illness for years now and after a recent fall, faces yet another major setback. Her heart has... Continue Reading →

3 Easy-to-Remember Reasons to Praise God, Even on a Hard Day

I'd be lying if I said that I started every day praising God for how good He is. More often than not, I am so preoccupied with worldly concerns that I lose track of His involvement in my life. Like Martha in Luke 10:38-42, I tend to obsess about circumstances beyond my control when I... Continue Reading →

How to Reset with God

All relationships have to be reset from time to time, including our relationship with God. In spite of our best intentions, stuff happens. A relationship that was once vibrant and healthy can turn south quickly. When we offend - intentionally or unintentionally - it drives a wedge and creates relational distance. Thankfully, our conscience has... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Bulldogs: How Willpower Squares with the Gospel

How do you summit a mountain? How do you run a marathon? How do you take those surplus pounds off? How do you finish a degree? How do you graduate from rehab? How do you keep your vows in a relationship? How do you complete a challenging project? Say it with me, determination. When it... Continue Reading →

Anonymous Man – You Don’t Know This Author’s Name and He’s Okay with That

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty" - Psalm 91.1 Maybe it has always been this way, but these days it seems that the name of the game is to make a name. The drive for fame and recognition is so strong it presses people... Continue Reading →

When Life is Ridiculously Challenging

"And without faith it is impossible to please God. Indeed, it is necessary for the one who approaches God to believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him." -Hebrews 11:6 The recent passing of Rachel Held Evans, a controversial and influential writer, got a lot of people's attention, including mine. The sad... Continue Reading →

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 →

Overcoming Envy -Part I

If you have ever visited the Grand Canyon, you know the view is breath-taking. The constantly changing colors, shifting shadows, and striations in the rock make for an awesome selfie background. Tragically, however, several people have recently fallen to their deaths - at the G.C. and other parks - as a result of losing their... Continue Reading →

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