Although I've been called to drive out the sinful practices of the former inhabitants too often I entertain some of the old habits of the flesh.
For those who don't know Christ, this is as good as it gets.
Thank you Lord for pain. Through it you draw me closer to you. By it you drive me to my knees in prayer.
I was raised listening to Michael Jackson's music. But as much as I loved his music I have to admit that he caused me much personal pain.
We just keep giving the unregenerate more and more reasons not to believe in Jesus.
In the words of Charles Spurgeon, "Some brethren pray by the yard, but true prayer is measured by weight-not length."
As I read through Bible I am always secretly impressed at how often and in how many ways the kingdom of God is mentioned or eluded to in some way.
The web can be a hissing snake of temptation trying to get us, not only to bite the apple, but to keep chomping on it all day and night.
David's passionate love for God led to the equal and opposite reaction of his passionate hatred for sin.
Instead of being the good news people, evangelicals often come off as the bad news bears.
Before you knee jerk an answer think deeply about it for a moment. Because if you study the Gospels closely you will see that he was tolerant of sinners, but not of sin.
I've been sharing my faith for 32 years and I totally choked in a McDonald's the other day.
Do you think Jesus would have been on Twitter if it was available while He was on earth?
I honestly don't think that God's wrath gets enough publicity in this pop culture of happy, sappy Christianity.
Discipleship on a youth group level is much more than helping teenagers to understand God's Word and live godly lives.
From time to time I get asked the question, "Do you see salvation as a process or a point in time?" My answer is always "YES!" I believe salvation is both.
I wrote this poem about ten years ago but, unfortunately, I think it's still pretty relevant.
Some youth leaders are on a search for UFOs. They spend night and day on a quest for ET, Everything Tangential.
Nobody knows the future but God. But here's my guesses at what's going to unfold in the U.S.A. in the years to come.
Often I find myself wishing others a "Happy New Year!" around this time. As if that really matters. Honestly who cares if our year is a happy one?
But while on Christian television I never once asked for money, wore a $3,000 suit or sported any TV preacher bling.
For many Christians watching a Nooma video is as deep as it gets when it comes to absorbing truth.
Going wide with the gospel is only half of the disciple making equation. Growing deep is the other half.
Well that would be the beginning of the first day of eternity. But we worry about how big our biceps are in the inch.
Have you ever met a truly impoverished Christian in a 3rd world country? It's hard for me to remember one of them that seemed truly sad.