"We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!”

1 John 1:3-4 MSG

June 27, 2019

I once overheard a conversation between two moms in a church parking lot. One asked the other about her son who had been seriously ill. The mother of the boy replied exuberantly, “God is good!” She went on to explain how he had recovered.

Now I was sincerely thrilled fo...

April 17, 2019

At the beginning of the New Testament, an angel shows up to a young couple about to be married… Mary and Joseph. The angel made it clear to them that Mary would give birth to God’s son—the Messiah! Now, that’s no small thing! That’s actually pretty life changing… etern...

April 11, 2019

Luke 1

For years—decades even—Zachariah and Elizabeth had prayed for a child. Many a month came and went, and disappointment upon disappointment mounted as the years passed. But they continued to pray and hope. Every month the anticipation would rise, then fall when the...

March 27, 2019

Francis Chan, in his book, Letters to the Church, talks about the Church in Iraq. In order to join the church there, one must sign an agreement that they are willing to lose property, family, freedom, and even their own life… and the church in Iraq is growing! Losing e...

February 13, 2019

This life of following Jesus is not something that can be done casually. It’s not picking up a Bible once in a while. It can’t be attending church on Sunday mornings occasionally.

If I am not totally sold out, forsaking everything for Jesus, I am not going to make it. T...

February 6, 2019

“No, God, we won’t take what You give. No God, Your plans are a gutted, bleeding mess, and I didn’t sign up for this and You really thought I’d go for this? No, God, this is ugly and this is a mess and can’t You get anything right and just haul all this pain out of her...

November 7, 2018

“But the Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

Galatians 5:22 (NLT)

I used to think things like, “I’m doing pretty well with most...

October 31, 2018

Ecclesiastes literally means, “preacher,” “teacher,” or “gatherer.” I especially like the term, “gatherer.” It’s like the teacher is on a quest, searching for clues or proof that there is meaning to life. He is gathering bits and pieces of evidence, trying to find a re...

October 25, 2018

During a Defiant Joy Bible Study, we were talking about Joy and Sorrow. As soon as I saw the title of this chapter, it reminded me of a book I’ve read a couple of times called, “Hinds Feet on High Places,” by Hannah Hurnard.

It’s an allegory, or a story that can be inte...

June 13, 2018

As I woke up this morning, I had a picture in my head of grief being like a gift. I know that sounds strange, but it’s true. It’s a gift that no one really wants, but we all receive at some point. Some of us receive it earlier in life. Some receive it more often. But i...

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