It’s easy to forget prayer’s purpose. If we’re not careful, we can turn prayer into a genie session where our wish is God’s command, a therapy session where our goal is simply to feel better, or a list of empty phrases on repeat. In the Psalms, prayer’s purpose was to connect with God. Continue reading Pray to Connect
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
I love a new year! It’s a time of hope, fresh starts, renewed focus and determination. But sadly, most new year’s resolutions are rooted in self. They’re all about how I will change my life with my new sense of self-sufficiency and inner strength. The truth is, you can’t handle 2019. I can’t handle 2019. We’re too weak and needy to handle it on our own. Continue reading You Can’t Handle 2019
“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?
It’s fascinating how God uses water in Scripture as a dividing line between bad and good. In the days of Noah, the earth was filled with violence. God promised, “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life…” (Gen. 6:13). God used water to wipe away the sinfulness of the earth and start fresh. It was the dividing line between corruption and cleansing, between old sinful life and a new beginning. Continue reading Water – God’s Dividing Line
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
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.