It’s my “plan-iversary!” Four years ago, I made a meaningful step toward taking hold of the Lord’s calling on my life: Creating a Plan. It was a small step, to be sure. But it's one that’s added consistent intention and purpose for 208 consecutive weeks and counting....read more
24 hours a day. That’s all we have to reach true transformation. You. Me. The guy next door. All of us. Therefore, in the moments when I sigh in regret, wishing I had time to do some of the bigger, sillier, and more important things—I should reconsider. It’s not that...read more
That’s a wrap! 2017 is behind us. Are you excited to embark on new adventures in a new year? Between Christmas and New Year each year, I try to spend some time reflecting on the prior 12 months. Recollections of 2017 brought heart-warming memories, satisfying...read more
For those of us living in a democracy, it’s a little hard to grasp the role and authority that Jesus has as King of the world. If we think back to the fairytales we heard as children, we might recall an old man in a story – usually the father of a prince or princess...read more
I have no doubt you’ve seen the popular verse about God's love. It’s plastered all over poster boards at sporting events. The verse is used by street evangelists by the hundreds. We even see it subtly displayed by some well-known retailers. But if you had to explain...read more
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord shines over you. Isaiah 60:1 Jesus, You are the light of the world. When we follow You, we never walk in darkness. You give the light of life. You are a perfect gift from God – the Father of lights – in...read more
Joy. It’s a term that’s nearly synonymous with Christmas. We see the 3-letter term everywhere, from giant inflatable yard decorations to miniature tree ornaments. Yes, Christmas is known as a season of joy. Unlike the holiday joy that stems from the spirit of giving,...read more
We don’t always feel like giving thanks, do we? Yet we’re instructed to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thes 5:18). When we’re feeling anxious, we’re taught to pray with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). Consider the example Jesus gave at the Lord’s Supper…read more
I know that we can all use a boost in our prayer lives, whether we’re seasoned or new to the practice. On the week of Black Friday, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books on the topic of prayer. Perhaps they’ll make good gifts for someone on your list, perhaps they’ll serve as hints for those purchasing gifts for you, or maybe they’ll help build your Amazon wishlist and eventually make it into your library.read more
Have you ever wondered how to trust God, or what trusting God even looks like? I have. I struggle with trust – a lot. It’s hard for me to trust others. I believe this is because it’s so painfully challenging to trust myself at times. Yet the Lord continually whispers,...read more
“Fasting hoists the sails of the soul in hopes of experiencing the gracious wind of God’s Spirit.” Donald S. Whitney There are times when I need a little extra wind in the sails of my prayer life. It seems somehow that my prayers hit a ceiling. I don’t see results,...read more
Have you ever felt curious about fasting? I have. The first few times I gave it a try, I’ll admit I felt completely unsuccessful. I remember a time when I fasted and prayed through lunch. When I believed I’d prayed to a point of completion, I “negotiated” with God and...read more
The Lord’s disciples were many in Bible times. They followed Him as He faced ridicule and complaints. They listened to His teaching, watched Him heal family members and strangers. He fed 5,000 men and their families with five loaves and two fishes while they stood...read more
If you knew of an effective, spiritual sword that would flawlessly protect you from the schemes of the enemy, would you use it? Jesus did. He was hungry, hadn’t likely slept well for weeks, and was far from what might have felt comfortable. 40 days of fasting in the...read more
Imagine this: You’ve lost your ability to speak for 9 months and suddenly regained it. What would you say? Maybe you’d address a need: “Would someone please scratch my back in the place where it itches most?” Or a craving: “I’m dying for a hamburger with a huge side...read more
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