God longs for us to be people who can process our anger and then take a constructive action rather than destructive. … More Anger Management
Life is better on the other side of whatever He’s asking you to give up or take on.
… More Cheap Grace Vs. Costly Grace
Notice that Paul doesn’t say to stop working out; he says it has some value. I don’t plan on stopping physical exercise. However, he does say that training to be Godly has value both in this life and the life to come. … More What Are We Training For?
We didn’t do anything. He did everything. His grace is our only source of salvation and our only power to do good works.
… More A Grace-Based System
About a month ago I had the privilege of going on a personal retreat in Chicago at a Jesuit retreat house.* During the retreat, the leader took us through the “Daily Examen.” The Examen was developed in the 1500’s by St. Ignatius of Loyola and was a form of spiritual self-review. St. Ignatius designed the … More The Daily Examen
Whether you’re just getting started reading the Bible, or whether you’ve read it for many years, the REAP method may be helpful to you. REAP stands for: Read, Examine, Apply, Pray. Rather than explain it in more detail, I’ll just let you download the REAP STUDY METHOD as it will explain itself. All you need is a Bible, … More REAP Bible Study Method
When it comes to discipling my children, most of the time I feel like I’m not doing enough. While it’s good to be disciplined in this endeavor and have a plan with how we pour into our kids, recently God really encouraged me with something that stood out in Deuteronomy 6: “Love the Lord your … More Constant Conversations
Prayer does not come very natural to me and is something I’ve had to work at over the years. In the past, it’s been easy for my mind to drift away while I pray, leading to frustration. Yet, God has been impressing upon me a deeper need to pray. Coming into this new year, I … More Two-Colored Prayers
By January second or third I already felt like I was behind. The year had begun and I didn’t have a “plan” or “goals.” While the new year can spur on some good in us, and I still plan to do some of those things, I began to realize as I reflected on my feelings that … More Don’t “Take On” 2016
As the father of two kids, I’ve been really convicted about how I portray Christmas to them. There’s so many traditions, movies, albums, and stories I can give them, but ultimately I want them to know that it’s all about Jesus. While there’s still a place for Christmas trees, lights, and Rudolph (which my son has … More Worth it All