In my adult life I look forward to Thanksgiving more and more each year. The older I get, the more I see the need I have to give thanks, and while I try to begin each day with giving thanks to God, the holiday of Thanksgiving helps me reset the deck if I’ve gotten off track.… More Our Desperate Need for Thanksgiving
Back in May I introduced The Circle of Safety and today I’d like to further that discussion, as now I have a tangible example to share about how this tool helped my son and I recently. Recently we had one of those days where we had to discipline our son numerous times in one day. Those… More The Circle of Safety (2.0)
I’d like to introduce you to our newborn daughter, Stella. “Stella” is Latin for “star.” Besides simply liking the name as we prayed through what to name our daughter, my wife and I were reminded of a couple of passages representing our prayers for our little “star” as she grows. We are praying that she’d… More Prayers for a Star Named Stella
I love days when I get a good nights’ sleep and wake up before everyone else in the house. I love spending time in the word and in prayer; when I’m centered in this way, I’m more aware of God throughout the day. But, in this phase of life with a young family, some days I wake… More P.R.A.Y.
The early church displayed an amazing view of sharing everything – and no, I’m not talking about cell phone data (sorry for the cheesy hook). In Acts 4, we read this: 32All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything… More The Share Everything Plan
I’ve been asking myself the question lately, “Do I give God 100% of the glory, or do I sometimes take a little for myself?” This question has been on my mind in the vein of leading worship or teaching, but I could easily ask it as it comes to parenting, handling money, my health, and the… More 100%, Not 99%
A common thread I see in myself and others is the desire to know where God is leading us, why, and how. But the more I live life, the more I see it’s in the means to the end in which God is forming us. Recently, one of my favorite artists, Alli Rogers, released a… More The Importance of Breathing
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