Where is God? Why did he let this happen? Why won't he do something about this? These are the questions my wife and I were asking a few weeks ago when our daughter was intubated and rushed to St. Francis children's hospital by ambulance. We were there 11 days fighting 3 severe
Thanksgiving is a time to eat. A lot. But hopefully more than that, it's a time to count our blessings and express gratitude to the people in our lives and to God. The reality is, many of us don't count our blessings near as often as we should. Thanksgiving is
We’ve all heard the command from Jesus, “Love your neighbor.” Without any hesitation, many of us put ourselves in the obedient category when we read it. In Luke 10, a lawyer asks Jesus the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus' answer helps us understand what “neighbor” really means. Jesus tells a parable about
Faith and obedience go hand in hand. All of us can point to one moment of disobedience in our lives. You may even be struggling to obey God in this season of life. As followers of Jesus, it is our daily commitment to live and act more like Jesus than
"I'll be praying for you." We've all said it. But I think many of us would be guilty of not following through with this statement on at least one occasion. Instead of saying this, what if we prayed with them, right then? It might make you feel uncomfortable or awkward,
I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the devastating Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night. First of all, I want to encourage all of us to pray for the victims, their families, first responders, and medical personnel through this incredibly difficult time. Why don’t you take a moment to do that now before reading
Do you ever feel like you're drowning in your to-do list? It’s one of those weeks for me. There just isn't enough time in the day and deadlines are quickly approaching. In times of high stress, I can easily focus on the urgent things and neglect the important things. I think most
In college I waited tables at TGI Fridays. Even though it was good money, I dreaded going to work. I just wanted to do my time and go home. One afternoon in a conversation with another waiter, the topic of church came up. He was shocked that I attended church. He said
Life is good when we experience the blessing of God. Sickness stays away, stress levels are minimal, the bank account is manageable, and relationships are enjoyable. God blesses us with these things and more because He loves us, but He never promises that we will live without trouble or hardship.
I’ve never enjoyed taking care of my lawn. I don’t hate it, but it’s never been something I look forward to. Consequently, my lawn isn’t very impressive. Earlier this summer I decided to get serious about making my front yard look good instead of simply maintaining it. I bought some fertilizer
One morning a few months ago I spent about 30 minutes in prayer and studying the Word. Later that afternoon, I let my emotions get the best of me in a conversation with my wife. I said some things that were hurtful. Afterward I thought to myself… “but I
Last week we talked about denying yourself, or “dying” to your sinful nature. As Christians, our daily pursuit should be to die more and more to our flesh, and become more and more like Jesus (Luke 9:23). But this is easier said than done. Today I’d like to give you a
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