Are you a good person? Nine out of ten people will answer yes to that question. Despite our flaws, our imperfections, the past mistakes that haunt us every day, we think we are “good people.” Not perfect, but good. The belief that we are “good” is so universal that it must have some explanation. First of all, the Bible clear that humanity is inherently sinful, … Continue reading Beautifully Broken
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
These past couple of weeks I’ve had conversations with a number of people, all with their own views and convictions about Christianity. Honestly, it’s been hard to sort out truth from all the noise. I know someone who believes in Jesus, but also considers herself a medium and psychic. I also have a close friend who is a staunch Catholic, and others who have different … Continue reading My Quest for Truth
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
I remember a time in high school when I felt overlooked by the Christian club at my school. Ironically, I’m a leader in the club now, but at the time I was overwhelmed by envy, hatred, and a sense of worthlessness. Whenever the club members called themselves “leaders”, all I saw was what could have been me. I longed to be used by God in … Continue reading Selfish Ambitions
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?
Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.” Mark 10:29-30 When … Continue reading Are You Being “Too Heavenly”?
What’s so wrong about sharing the gospel? I mean, why do Christians, myself included, so often feel guilty that we’re trying to share the Good News with our friends? It has become a stereotype in American culture that Christians are always trying to “convert” people, without actually loving them. Many times people are offended when Christians share the Good News because they feel dehumanized – … Continue reading Guilty of Sharing the Gospel?
Hell is real. So many people try to avoid this. They omit the word from their sermons, skip over it when sharing the gospel, and ignore it when studying God’s Word. After all, why would a loving God allow His own people to be condemned to such an awful place – a place of agony and torture beyond human comprehension? If God so loved the … Continue reading Hell Is For Real