For the past seven months, I’ve had the privilege of working with the leadership team of our church to create what we’ve come to refer to as “The God Dream.” Having not had a specified vision for quite sometime, we sat down and read Will Mancini’s God Dreams. Using the templates in the book and … More The God Dream
Henri Nouwen once wrote: “Often we’re not as pressed for time as much as we feel we’re pressed for time.” He goes on to tell a story about a time when he escaped from his busy life for a personal spiritual retreat. During this retreat, the leader of the retreat house asked Henri if he would be … More A Part of Your Life in God
When I was growing up in church, I was confused every time we sang the phrase “Here I raise my Ebenezer” in the song Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Seriously, the only reference I had in my youth was Scrooge, but I knew that wasn’t the connection. Ebenezer actually means “stone of help.” In 1 … More Three Biblical Words to Know and Be Changed By (Ebenezer)
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). To atone for means to be a sacrifice that stands in the place of another, and thus wipes out ones sins, forgiving them entirely. In this case, Christ … More Three Biblical Words to Know and Be Changed By (Atonement)
“Christianity without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity without discipleship, and Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) … More Three Biblical Words to Know and Be Changed By (Disciple)
God has taught me recently that there are certain things which are only obtained through faith – and they need to come through faith (even if suffering is involved) because faith has great value. As you read this post, I’d like you to consider, “What is it in my life that God can only achieve through … More The Value of Faith
Christmas can be an amazing time of year to grow in our relationship with Jesus, but if we don’t approach it with intentionality, the entire Advent season can easily get swallowed in busyness and a lack of genuine connection with Christ and others. This post is designed to provide you with resources to help you … More Advent Resources!
Before heading into the craze of what Christmas time can become, let’s not forget to pause and give thanks during this season of Thanksgiving. I love Psalm 100: 1Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. 3Know that the Lord is God. It is He … More Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving
Why is it that we are so prone to nitpick at our spouse? The qualities that initially attracted us to our spouse are often times the same exact traits that the enemy uses to pin us against each other. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you … More Practical Marriage – “I Felt Loved When…”
In this second post, I’d like to talk about giving each other some breaks. No matter how introverted or extroverted you are, everyone needs some alone time, or time out with the girls or guys. This is especially true if you have kids – although you love them, you’ll be a better parent if you … More Practical Marriage – Breaks!