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10 Words to Build Your Life On

Ten words. Two biblical sentences. That’s enough to give you a solid foundation for your life.

They’re words that are pregnant with truth and power and grace. They summarize the the remedy for your greatest problem and the sure hope for lasting peace and joy.

What are they?

Four Things I’m Learning in a Hard Season: Giving Out of Emptiness

This is the third post of a series about what God is currently teaching me about walking with Him in a hard season. You can read the first two posts using the links below God gives the grace I need for each day, not a one-shot lifetime supply. This is the race that God has

Four Things I’m Learning in a Hard Season: The Race Marked Out For Me

This is the second post of a series about what God is currently teaching me about walking with Him in a hard season. You can read the first post using the link below God gives the grace I need for each day, not a one-shot lifetime supply. This is the race that God has marked

You’re Being Watched (and That’s a Good Thing)

Do you realize that you’re being watched? At work. At school. In your neighborhood. At social events with your friends. At the grocery store and in the PTA meeting. At your kids’ sporting events. Maybe even at home.

No, I’m not talking about some Big Brother conspiracy. I’m simply pointing out the fact that people outside the Christian faith often have a front row seat to your life. And whether you realize it or not, what they see contributes to their view of what it means to believe in and follow Christ.

Now, if you’re like me, this is a bit unnerving. I’m not always the best representative of the Christian faith in my words and actions. On the other hand, it’s also a tremendous opportunity. Why? Because people often need to see that faith in Christ “works” in real life before they will consider embracing it for themselves. Seeing people they know living out their faith with integrity and winsomeness can provide motivation and vision for them to do the same.

And this leads me to three important points:

Four Things I’m Learning in a Hard Season: Grace for Today

The large manila envelope crammed in our mailbox caught me off guard. The return address from our doctor’s office only increased my suspicions that this wasn’t the kind of package you look forward to opening. A sizable bill and a five-page checklist of injections, scans, tests, and additional medication left me reeling. As someone who

Do You Really Want a God You Can Always Understand?

Maybe you’ve had a situation in your life that’s made you genuinely question God. A family member with a terrible illness. A broken relationship. A job opportunity that seemed perfect, but didn’t work out or brought you a lot of misery. Whatever the specific details, it’s just hard to see what God is/was up to.

Or maybe it’s something else, like a news report of refugees fleeing war and unrest. They need food and shelter. People are dying, including children. How could God allow these things to happen? Isn’t he good? Isn’t he powerful enough to prevent these things?

It could be an issue with something else you’ve been taught about God that’s simply tough to understand. How can God be three distinct persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and still be one God? How does that work?

The truth is, there are many things in life related to God and his ways that are, to say the least, difficult to wrap our minds around. And that can lead to searching questions. And those questions can lead to uncertainty, frustration, and, in some cases, even fear and anger.

So what do we do when find ourselves in this kind of situation?

Lent is About the Gospel

Growing up in a liturgical church setting, Lent was a somber time of contemplation.  Ashes crossed foreheads.  The hymn selection on the old pipe organ only included minor, dissonant sounding chords.  Black cloth draped the altar.  Items were given up.  I remember hearing many of my friends complaining about unsingable melodies and the number of