The last part of Philippians 4:5 says, “The Lord is at hand.” Some take this to mean, Jesus is coming back soon. While that is true, it also means God is present. He is near. It’s when our life is chaotic, when we don’t feel so happy about our circumstances, or when we are tempted […]Read More how the nearness of God matters
There are days that are downright hard, ugly, and overwhelming. Sometimes there are seasons of life when all I see is what overwhelms me most. There are so many things that can overwhelm us that leave us feeling like we are sinking and can barely breath. Many of things that overwhelm can begin as good things, […]Read More overwhelmed
We live in a culture—as others before—that are not easily wowed. We pack arena’s chanting our favorite songs from our favorite band. We wait in line to see the next biggest summer blockbuster. We swarm sports stadiums to cheer our beloved team. A few years ago, I had a bucket list item come true. I […]Read More God is…
I got a question for you. What wow’s you? I mean, what really wow’s you? Is it being in the outdoors like the Teton Mountains, or being with 80,000 fans at a stadium, seeing an amazing magic trick, looking at art or listening music, or a friend giving you a surprise gift. There’s got to […]Read More what wows you?
Sunday at church I heard a great message about forgiveness from a familiar passage (Luke 7:36-50). However, I fall in the trap of hearing a lot about forgiveness, but practicing it superficially. Jesus was born to forgive. His life teaches us three things about about forgiveness: 1) It takes compassion , 2) It is costly, […]Read More born to forgive
I have three little jewels. They came to me as blessed gifts from above. Each jewel has unique facets and glimmer with unending beauty. Their beauty rises from within and shines throughout, mixing the temporal and eternal. I simply enjoy holding my jewels and can look at them for hours upon hours. I cherish them. […]Read More daughters, daddy’s, and God’s glory
I have read dozens of books on evangelism. I have sat in conferences and seminary level courses on how to share my faith. I have equipped churchgoers with tools to present the good news to neighbors, strangers, and foreigners. On paper, I have a lot of knowledge and experience sharing the gospel, but in reality […]Read More 6 Essentials for Proclaiming the Gospel