For several years I had the privilege of serving in a faith-based addiction recovery program. We helped people not by getting them to exchange their addiction for our program, but by introducing them to Christ and helping them to build a relationship with Him. For many, having any kind of meaningful relationship was a new … Continue reading No VIP Access
We all have elements in our lives that, for us, make life work. Let’s call them “molecules of control.” The elements that make up those molecules might be friends, family, work, hobbies; it’s different for everyone yet the same too because, like I said, our molecules of control are what we use to make life … Continue reading Splitting atoms when our problems aren’t even vinegar on baking soda.
It’s easy to trust the Lord in the good times. It’s hard in the bad times. It’s worse (almost impossible) when the bad times are your own making. I mean it’s one thing when someone else shoots you in the foot, but when you do it yourself? Right now, I feel like I should be … Continue reading This one’s a little all over the map.
On D-Day, after the Allied forces were finally able to overcome the German defenses on the beaches, there was a general pause on the part of the Allied troops. Units had been broken up so badly, and the fighting had been so intense, the troops needed time to gather themselves. There were other objectives that … Continue reading Hey, would you take a selfie of me?
I was supposed to write a devotional this morning if for no other reason than that I consider it an act of worship and something I enjoy. Today, I just could not put my heart into it. My wife and I are facing some real hardship right now. I won’t go into detail, but our … Continue reading When Your Heart is too Heavy for Song
What if we could go back in time and visit Joseph in prison, and let’s say we could ask him one question: “Joseph, don’t you think what’s happened to you is unfair?” I think if we were to ask him that, he’d be puzzled by the question, not because he didn’t understand it, but because … Continue reading Life’s Unfair! How to Deal with It. Part3: We worship the same God Joseph does
For Joseph, living for the Lord was the worst thing he could have done with his life. Well, from the perspective of casual observers that’s what it looked like. Because Joseph went from being his father’s favorite and God’s chosen to being his brothers’ enemy number one, then to being sold into slavery, then for … Continue reading Life’s Unfair! How to Deal with It. Part 2 (Or, Wait! It gets worse.)
Their question identified their problem: unbelief. Jesus said as much: “I told you [Who I was], and ye believed not.” He had even given them ample proof: “the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me” (John 10:25). The problem these naysayers had was not lack of evidence. It was … Continue reading Isn’t it obvious?
The goal of God’s discipline in our lives is never destruction. It is always aimed toward reconciliation. For most of us, when God brings chastisement, we see it as the end of the world. In a sense it is. Because there are some sins that carry heavy and life-changing consequences. Some of our actions can … Continue reading Reconciliation, Not Destruction
The worst thing that can happen to us as believers is heaven.