Why God Loves to Love and How that Changes Everything

For years I misunderstood God. In my mind, He sought every opportunity to punish the wicked, particularly those who worshiped Him incorrectly. He loved His children but only out of obligation. If He allowed anyone into heaven, which almost never happened, He did so grudgingly. Continue reading Why God Loves to Love and How that Changes Everything

3 Goal-Setting Myths That Will Stunt Your Spiritual Growth

After she heard a new year’s sermon on goal-setting, Macy decided it was time to fix her broken life. Though she doubted she could change, she had to try. During the sermon, she wrote down four doable goals: 1) drink less alcohol, 2) use less profanity, 3) read her Bible a few times a week and 4) attend worship services most Sundays. Continue reading 3 Goal-Setting Myths That Will Stunt Your Spiritual Growth

Why is Easy Sometimes So Difficult?

“Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, ‘My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?’” -2 Kings 5:13, NASB

Ironically, people are sometimes more willing to do difficult things than easy. Easy things seem beneath them. Too unsophisticated. They’d rather maintain their dignity and do something challenging than humble themselves and do something simple.  Continue reading Why is Easy Sometimes So Difficult?

A Secret to Forming the Habit of Giving Thanks

For years I’ve obsessively cracked my knuckles. I hate the habit. I’ve tried everything to stop—from paying my kids a certain amount for each time (which they loved) to popping my wrists with rubber bands to hypnosis via audio recording. Nothing worked.  Continue reading A Secret to Forming the Habit of Giving Thanks

The Worst Evangelistic Idea Ever

In the book Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller tells the story of a terrible evangelistic idea that turned out surprisingly well. The setting: Reed University, a private liberal arts college in Portland where Miller and his ragtag band of Christian friends met. One day he jokingly suggested that they build a confession booth to reach the lost on campus—a booth where students would come and confess their sins. His friends took him seriously. 

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12 Practical Principles for Daily Living

The following “daily dozen” were the personal creed of Robert Louis Stevenson, the famed 19th century Scottish novelist and poet. An atheist, he unintentionally used Biblical truths as his major life principles. I’ve added Scriptures below each principle.  Continue reading 12 Practical Principles for Daily Living

Shoveling the Wood Chips of God’s Word

Recently, after almost four months of waiting, I finally received a truckload of wood chips in my driveway for free. It felt like Christmas morning . . . until reality hit me. I had to move that gigantic pile! Quickly! With nothing but a shovel and a wheelbarrow!

The job suddenly seemed insurmountable.  Continue reading Shoveling the Wood Chips of God’s Word