If I’m being honest, I can be a real people-pleaser most of the time. But the longer life goes on, the more I realize that I cannot please everyone. In His letter to the Galatians, Paul expresses the fact that he is “astonished” that the people turned so quickly away from the actual gospel to some other… More Who Am I Trying to Please?
I think the answer is both, but before I give my thoughts on the issue, let’s talk about why it’s important to think about. The sudden explosion of the smartphone into our culture has impacted us faster and deeper than we could keep up with. Stats about traffic accidents, couples lacking in real conversation, children… More Digital vs. Hardcopy Bibles: A Discussion
While we were on vacation, my father-in-law delivered a great talk about humility and how it makes for a strong marriage (and obviously this can be applied to many other relationships). Specifically, there were four “S’s” he found in Philippians 2: 1. Selflessness Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,… More 4 “S’s” of Humility
Typically, the fourth of July for me has simply been a day off, some extra time with family and friends, and some burgers and brats. While this is great, I’m trying to be just a little more intentional this year with the reason for the celebration, and today I’d like to offer two ways we can… More Give Thanks for Freedom
I worry about money sometimes. This past week we received a fairly substantial unexpected bill and I found myself inwardly agitated for a few days. We had the money to cover it in our emergency fund, but I didn’t want to let that fund get “too low.” A few days later, the Lord’s Prayer was… More Daily, or Future Bread?
It is vital that we hear from Jesus every day. His word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12) and we need to feed on it each day as we navigate through the ups and downs of life. Lately I’ve had the joy of getting to know a few new believers and have been able to help them… More Six Steps to Self-Feeding on God’s Word
I began golfing in middle school and the game taught me something early on – I struggle with anger. While the temptation to slam clubs has greatly decreased, ever since then I’ve been on a journey with God in dealing with my anger. Sure, some ‘righteous’ anger is good, and Jesus even expressed this, but… More Three Ways to Battle Anger
Parenting is hard. It’s a blast, but it’s also hard. As the father of a two year old boy, I often struggle to discern what behavior requires discipline and what behavior is just because he’s an ornery boy. First of all, we need to establish the fact that discipline and love go hand in hand.… More The Circle of Safety
As a nation (and even as a church in many ways), we have allowed the enemy to steal our purity out of our hands. I believe we can get it back, but it will be a battle and the minute you begin to fight, the enemy will be right there headstrong against you. Satan knows… More Fight the Tide: Purity
I’m indebted to Dave Ramsey for many ideas in this post. Please click here to obtain some of his great resources on personal finance. The second area we need to fight against the tide of our culture in is debt. Considering the average American spends $1.25 for every $1 they make, we must fight against how others… More Fight the Tide: Debt