clickbait christianity isn’t good enough

clickbait christianity isn’t good enough

Those who give you “3 steps” or “5 easy ways” or “the ONE thing you need to do” to achieve a better life in some capacity are usually being far too simplistic. If life could be figured out in a few easy steps, why haven’t we yet? Often, in the church, we fall prey to...
you don’t like free stuff

you don’t like free stuff

I don’t know how many times I have heard the phrase “free is for me!” Or “Free? That’s my price range!” I’ve even been the one to say these on many occasions. But I don’t actually believe it, when it comes to the core of how we think. In other words, and pardon the...
systems don’t defeat the flesh

systems don’t defeat the flesh

Ok… I’m just going to say it. You have to stop trying to defeat sin in the flesh! More systems and more rules and more accountability isn’t the answer. You will keep losing in the fight against that strong opponent called sin. It’s so much stronger than you on...
the only way to get to new levels

the only way to get to new levels

There have been many times in my life that God has graciously brought me to the end of myself. And I am so so so grateful that when I came to the end of myself, there is a Savior waiting right there for me! Thank God that when I was all-out of me, he was still there...
awe leads to generosity

awe leads to generosity

One of the things I’ve been really enjoying is my devotional time through the Book of Acts. It’s been a while since I last journeyed through this amazing book. I recently read the account of the first gatherings of believers in Acts 2. It sounds like this: “All the...
“and eat some food…”

“and eat some food…”

The other day, I was watching a cartoon with my daughter, Gracie. And somewhere in the middle of the movie, the two main characters started getting into an argument and eventually stop talking to each other. So Gracie, a wonderful peacemaker (she gets that from her...
when you live for you, you don’t really live

when you live for you, you don’t really live

     What if there was a bigger picture out there in which you were not the main character? What if the things you’re experiencing in your life are not actually about you?      It’s so easy, these days, to be so self-focused. You’re one of the only people you are...
what I really need to hear

what I really need to hear

You know what makes me roll my eyes every single time? Hearing someone wonder *out loud* why I struggle to feel confident. They usually qualify it by saying that I seem so confident all the time, and that I’m super valuable to whatever it is I’m worrying about.  ...
can i really love everyone?

can i really love everyone?

I was recently studying through the parable of the Good Samaritan. And this is a classic story. Even beyond the bounds of the pulpit, this story has been told for centuries. And for good reason: it is the classic example of what it looks like to truly live out the...
is that really good news?

is that really good news?

I really don’t like cheering for teams that are constantly disappointing. I am what many call a fair weather fan. It’s one of the reasons that I just don’t enjoy watching professional football…because by reason of my residence, I am obliged to cheer for a team...