Jesus has a plan for you, and it involves a cross. Maybe your cross is cancer, a disability, an issue of pride that you need to let go of, or an orientation that you have built your life around. Perhaps it is simply becoming a living sacrifice, placing your desires, your expectations, your hopes, your dreams, and even your future on the altar and offering yourself to Him. Whatever it may be, recognize that everyone has a cross to bear. Take it up willingly. Deny yourself intentionally. Carry your cross humbly. Read More →
When I’m right… I’m really wrong.
Because I allow my own self-righteousness and self-preservation to kick in and I see only…me.Read More →
Today, though I want to introduce Passion Week to you as the most important week in the life of Jesus. Perhaps you will come to understand it as the most important week in your life as well, because it is here that death and sin were defeated and life and light shined in the darkness of this world. It is here that your life story has purpose and meaning, and your life focus and goal require a change of direction towards the place Jesus is leading all of humanity into the present reality and the future…The Kingdom of Heaven. Read More →
God is telling a story with his creation. It is not simply for the beauty of the creation that He gives us forests and oceans, canyons and sweeping sunsets. He is telling a story. There is something that must be created that hasn’t been created yet. And we get to be a part of that creating process.Read More →
“We are not home yet, We are not home yet, Keep on looking ahead, let your heart not forget, we are not home yet.” Steven Curtis Chapman Wake Up You’re not dead yet. Look at your hands. They are still capable. Look at your feet. They are still moving. Look at your self in the mirror. You are still here. Nothing paralyzes us like fear, anxiety, stress, worry, the demands of life. We can stick our head in the sand, wait until the end, let the world around us sway our hearts, douse ourselves in entertainment or alcohol to numb the pain of life…but theRead More →
WIth all of the distraction in this world, all of the people vying for your attention, we need to really get serious about cultivating our hearts. Our problem isn’t lack of desire, it is lack of discipline. Today, I want to offer some ways to cultivate your soul. I hope these thoughts encourage you today. Read More →
Maybe you feel like you are a “soulstuck” leader. Maybe you find yourself stuck in a snowdrift of confusion about what you are doing, not really sure where to go. It could be that you are questioning whether or not God ever called you to lead in the first place. My friend, Mark Schmahl offers three things today for the soulstuck leader to consider and practice in their life.Read More →
Whatever you do, do not quit straining and striving to hear from Him. Life is not meant to be lived in the darkness. You can come to the light and find your strength, purpose, and mission in listening to God. Read More →
Aside from your own life experiences, there is another element that you have likely had to deal with in your life. That element lies within the realm of religious or spiritual experience. Either way you spin it, religion or spirituality, you cannot deny that there is an otherworldly desire within the human heart. Read More →
There are many redeeming aspects of American Culture. We have a genuine recognition of the poor and hurting in our midst. Despite our distraction from the noise of our culture, we are all still very human, still very needy, and still very much in need of rescue.
That is why I write on this blog. It’s easy to stand on the sideline and critique people for their behavior without offering a solution to the heart of the problem, which is the problem of the heart. Read More →