Last year, my church produced a series called “Here I Am.” It was such a powerful message that it’s become the spiritual theme of the year for me. It’s amazing to consider the significance of those three tiny words. Here. I. Am. But if you do a quick search through the Bible, you’ll see this […]
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I was at a church service recently where the preacher said that God had told him to remind “the person who feels they are alone” that they aren’t because God is there and He loves you more than you could ever know. In an audience of several hundred, I’m sure “that person” could be almost […]
My friend Chris Hendrix asked me to write a guest post for his blog last fall, so I’m re-posting it here. I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you Which shall be the darkness of God.… I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope For hope […]
Dear God, Give me faith, but don’t put me in situations that require it. Give me hope, but don’t disappoint me. Give me contentment, but give me everything I want. Give me grace, but don’t put me around people who need it. Give me patience, but don’t make me wait.
Has faith or prayer even been risky for you? Have you ever believed something would happen and risked being let down if it didn’t? Or you prayed for something ideal knowing it could hurt you as much as help you. Last month I got to write a guest post for my friend Chris Hendrix’s faith-based […]
Have you ever been in an isolated situation you couldn’t escape and had to just let things be? I had one of those experiences when I was serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army several years ago. It was a good year but a tough year. It definitely shaped me. Earlier this month I had […]
I think God goes out of His way to speak our language. In fact I know He does. At least I know He did. I’ve been reading Jason Clark’s book Surrendered and Untamed lately and thinking about Peter. Jason makes a great point that sometimes God’s favor means fishing all night without catching a thing […]
I don’t know what your Thanksgiving traditions happen to be, but if it’s typical you probably get together with family, watch some football, eat yourself silly and generally try to have a good time. Maybe you take turns having each person tell one thing he or she is thankful for. Whatever it may be, I […]
I’ve been privileged to lead several small groups at church over the past couple years and also coach small group leaders. I’ve also been a part of some interesting discussions with friends who are responsible for setting up small group programs at their churches. Small groups are crucial, because that is a key place where […]
My church started the year with Pastor Mark Batterson‘s four-part sermon series on based on The Circle Maker, his new NY Times Bestseller on prayer. It highlights the importance of dreaming big, praying hard, and thinking long. Specifically, one of the core principles is the idea of “praying through.” Praying through is the opposite of seeking an answer as soon […]