New Beginnings

Can we really make ourselves better?

Each January, the air is full of hope. “This year will be better,” we tell ourselves. We set goals, make resolutions, and vow to be better. Is all this effort worth it? Can we really make ourselves better?

The answer… Continue reading

Don’t Give Up! Part 2: Peter

One of the things I love about the Bible is that the heroes in it are so human. They were great men and women of faith, but they weren’t perfect. Only God is perfect (Matthew 5:48; Romans 3:23;… Continue reading

My Word for 2020

I don’t know if people are doing this where you live, but I’m seeing a lot of posts on Facebook choosing one word to characterize a person’s New Year’s resolutions moving into 2020. I’ve seen words like “strength,” “forgiveness,” “joy,”… Continue reading

Kids & Grief

This has been a season of loss in my small-town community. In the last 3 or 4 weeks, there has been two teen suicides, one gun threat at the high school, another suicide of a 41-year-old with children, accidental death… Continue reading

How do you worship God in the storms of life?

I had some shocking news this week. I won’t go into the details, but I am having a hard time believing that it is real. For one thing, I don’t understand the why behind it.

This isn’t the first time… Continue reading

No More Stinkin’ Thinkin’

Has it ever seemed like you’ve had the same point come up over and over again in sermons, personal Bible study, conversations, books you’re reading, and everywhere else? I call that a 2×4 – a time when God seems to… Continue reading

George Müller: A Man of Prayer

I just finished the biography George Müller: Delighted in God by Roger Steer. This powerful testimony impacted me so much that I had to share it with you. (No, I don’t get paid for this plug.)

Who is… Continue reading

“The church is full of hypocrites!”

“The church is full of hypocrites!” How would you answer someone (or yourself) in the face of this objection? The same objection may be voiced a number of ways. “I like Jesus, just not the church. It’s full of hypocrites.”… Continue reading

“Jesus, take my life… but not that!”

Are there parts of life where Jesus isn’t allowed?

That is a question that’s come up in my reading this week and in the sermon again this morning. In America we have a tendency to think of church (or religion)… Continue reading

Fixing Faulty Thinking

Do you struggle with negative thoughts? God’s been hammering an important truth into me over the past few weeks.

I got really sick over Christmas and I think it was (at least in part) a result of stress. So, I’ve… Continue reading

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