You may have heard the phrase “love is a verb.” I think that saying has some truth in it. Love is more than a feeling. It involves the heart, soul, mind, and strength. The love we have for God isn’t stagnant. It grows as we pursue God and express our adoration for Him. When we truly love God, that love will result in actions and … Continue reading Practical Ways to Love God
It’s going to be alright. All the struggles, hurt, and pain. You’re in a war – a terrible, beautiful war that spans all of history. That’s where the comfort is found. Your battles are not meaningless. They have significance. They’re part of the war. The war. You know whose side you’re on. God has won this war – it’s done, finished. You can taste the … Continue reading Jump Off a Cliff
I don’t know if you’re like me when it comes to Christmas, but I love this time of year. I love the holiday lights, the anticipation and gathering with family and friends. It may just be the idealist in me, but I feel like a special glow comes over people during the Christmas season. As a culture, we seem to be a little less selfish … Continue reading The Best Way to Celebrate Christmas
There are people out there who want to have faith, but feel that they can’t. That they’re stuck. That this faith thing is too good to be true. That it’s something other people understand, but they just don’t. If you’re that person, I want you to know that I care. I felt distant from God for awhile before I truly experienced Him. So know this: … Continue reading When You Don’t Have Faith
God is holy. But what does that mean exactly? So often I read the word “holy” and think it synonymous to “good”, but I know it means more than that. The word “holy” in the Bible reveals elements of God’s character. It means pure, above all, and unlike any other. We can only fully grasp how great God is, and how amazing His sacrifice was … Continue reading God is Holy
I heard someone say this once on the radio: “Christians get so wrapped up in the parts of the Bible that say homosexuality is a sin, but what they don’t realize is that the word ‘love’ is used over 300 times in the Bible!” That seems pretty logical, doesn’t it? I mean, how can love be a sin? How can God promote love, and yet … Continue reading How can the God of Love Condemn Homosexuality?
Is perfectionism good or bad according to the Bible? So be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 Whoa, wait a second. Is that verse even from the Bible? It seems to go against everything society, even Christian culture, is screaming in my ears! I’ve heard so often that perfectionism is a bad thing that I’ve started to believe it. But is pursuing perfection … Continue reading Perfectionism: Good or Bad?
Blessed are Those Who Mourn I winced as my dad cut a slight opening in my skin. The little splinter in my thumb didn’t seem like much, but it was deep in my skin and there was no other way to get it out My dad moved the knife so gently and acted so calm that I soon found I had no reason to be … Continue reading When His Healing Happens
You feel overwhelmed. The world is crashing down on you. In the chaos, you’re searching for answers. You’re praying for clarity. Have you ever felt this way? I have. Every year there’s a point where I feel as if I’m drowning in a sea of unfinished assignments, neglected responsibilities, and job issues. I always come to this point where all I can do is cry … Continue reading When You Feel Overwhelmed
My family is in a season of fruitfulness that quite honestly feels almost too good to be true. In seasons of fruitfulness, I think it’s important for us to reflect on how spiritual fruit is produced, so that we don’t take for granted the blessings we receive. What’s infinitely more important than the fruit on any given tree is the root structure and overall health … Continue reading How to Bear Spiritual Fruit