“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” — 1 John 4:7,8 ESV “Men must not be too curious in prying into the weaknesses of others. We should … Continue reading The Thorn Bush of Theological Pride
God's good gifts sometimes don't seem so good. We think that all of God's blessings will be things that bring instant gratification and will make our lives easier. But then Jesus says to us in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) that those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are meek are the … Continue reading God’s Gifts Often Look Different Than You Expect
We can idolize just about anything. Even good things. Ministry. Work. Family. Sports. TV shows. Celebrity preachers. Worship bands. You name it, we can idolize it.
There is a lot of junk food available here in the U.S. And let's be honest—a lot of it tastes really good. My favorite has always been Reese's peanut butter cups. Oh, and I'm a sucker for ice cream too. A few years ago I was at a birthday party for an extended family member … Continue reading Spiritual Fitness Check-Up
I pray. Not as often as I'd like, but more frequently each day. Most of the time, unless I'm asking the Lord for some specific need or desire, I use the words Christ gave us in Matthew's account of the gospel, known commonly as "The Lord's Prayer" from Matthew 6:8-13, where Jesus says, "...your Father knows … Continue reading Pray Like This
I can't boast about the fact that I was born. It was the work of my parents. Neither can I boast of my rebirth. It was the work of the Holy Spirit. I also cannot boast about my perseverance or faith. These are also the works of the Holy Spirit. I thank God for my … Continue reading Boasting About My Endurance
I've been seeing people use the hashtag on Facebook and Twitter #godisgood. And that's true. And I love seeing people recognize that fact. The problem is, it's almost always in response to obvious blessings. I've yet to see someone use that hashtag at the end of a tweet or status update saying something like, "Just … Continue reading God is Good. Even When Our Circumstances Aren’t.
Going to the gym can become an idol. But so can not going to the gym. Watching football can become an idol. But so can not watching football. If we receive all things as a gift from God, and give them back to Him in worship, they are good things. But as soon as we … Continue reading Worship At the Gym
13 years ago today, I started my day by stopping at QuikTrip on 39th & Bolger in Independence, MO and bought a blueberry muffin and a chocolate milk. When I approached the register, I heard the employees discussing for the first time ever the horrible events taking place that morning in NYC. I have thought … Continue reading Suffering & The Sovereignty of God—9/11 Thirteen Years Later
"We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word … Continue reading No Fruit? No Root.