Greater Than Birds

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? | Matthew 6:26 (NLT)

What Message Are You Sharing?

We have two choices. We can continue to fuel the fire and share a message of fear, or we can change the rhetoric and share a message of hope.

Complete Joy | 1st John 1:1-4

We can have a fullness of joy in our shared life with Jesus. That fullness of joy is ours through our friendship with one another and with God. And all that is made possible through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Come, ________, and I Will Give You Rest!

Can you believe we’re only just over halfway through this year? It seems like a lot already right? But hold on to your seats because it’s a presidential election year so as we approach November, it should be interesting to see what comes next. So where are you at? Has your year gone as planned?…

God Never Said That: “You’re too far gone for God to save you…”

I want to start today by sharing a story. A few months ago, we had an issue at our house. It was right after breakfast. Caryn was doing the dishes and Carter was taking a shower. I heard Carter mumble something from the bathroom upstairs, but I couldn’t understand what he was saying. Then I…

God Never Said That: “It’s all up to you…”

When I was young and growing up, I used to believe some strange things. Things that I NOW know are completely and utterly ridiculous. I’m going to be vulnerable for a few minutes and share a list of stuff that I full-heartedly believed as a kid.

Making Prayer A Priority

Last week, I was listening to the radio and heard something that I thought was interesting. One of the hosts was talking about something that she wanted to start doing but said she didn’t have the time to do it right now. The other host began to question if she wanted to do it or…

Barriers: What’s Keeping You From God?

I’m a story lover. I love sitting around, talking to people, and sharing stories with other people. I’m a story swapper. Before I had my kids, I’d share stories about sports or school or memories. Nowadays, I’d say 90% of my stories are about my kids. Kids tend to consume their parent’s lives and thoughts.…

Taking Ownership

What’s the difference between renting and owning? Renting means you can borrow something that belongs to someone else. You can use it and then return it when you’re done. There’s little to no responsibility on your part. If it doesn’t work, you can take it back and get another one. Owning is different. Ownership involves…

Holy Huddles | Mark 2:13-17

Jesus was always surrounding himself with people who were not perfect. Mark called them disreputable sinners. Who do we surround ourselves with?

Christian Clichés: “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”

Christians like to throw this phrase around when talking about how we should react to the world today and the sinful ways of people. Many Christians claim that this phrase is in the Bible. But, did you know that the Bible never actually say this verbatim. In fact, it’s actually a direct quote from Gandhi,…

Christmas Devotion: Wonder || Day 5

Day 1 || Surrender — Click Here Day 2 || Surrender — Click Here Day 3 || Trust — Click Here Day 4 || Confidence — Click Here 8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and…

Christmas Devotion: Confidence || Day 4

Day 1 || Surrender — Click Here Day 2 || Surrender — Click Here Day 3 || Trust — Click Here 1 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their…

Christmas Devotion: Trust || Day 3

Day 1 || Surrender — Click Here Day 2 || Surrender — Click Here 18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.…

Christmas Devotion: Surrender || Day 2

Day 1 || Surrender — Click Here 39 A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town 40 where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Elizabeth…

Christmas Devotion: Surrender || Day 1

Day 1 || Surrender 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman!…

Wired: God Always Loves You As You Already Are

Week 1: Wired: Seeing God Everywhere You Look. I have a question for y’all? Who has a cell phone? If you don’t, that’s okay. You probably have less stress in your life without it. So, for those who do, who picked out the phone, the plan, the provider? Did you get it online, at Walmart, at…

Wired: Seeing God Everywhere You Look

I want to admit something to y’all. I know how to use technology. I can explain to you how to use a phone, computer, tv, YouTube, Pandora… but don’t ask me why it works. Cause I don’t know. I love shopping online. Amazon is great, but why is it that when I type on my…

Jesus and Loving Others

Has anyone ever seen a sign in a restaurant declaring that the eating establishment was voted “Best Restaurant in Town” or “Best Ribs In The City” or something similar? It’s pretty common for newspapers, magazines, or websites to run contests each year letting readers choose “the greatest” in many different categories. I want to do…

What Does God Think About You?

What the rest of the world thinks about you does not matter in comparison to what God thinks about you. Based on what the Bible says, He thinks some incredible things about you!

What’s Wrong with Graduation Messages?

Well, it’s that time of the year again. The time of year when families and friends gather to celebrate the accomplishments of students finishing up a major chapter in their lives.

God’s Masterpiece

God’s purpose for our lives is not just to save us, but to have us become like His Son, Jesus, a true masterpiece. A masterpiece is a piece of art that is deemed to be the greatest work by the artist. Da Vinci’s masterpiece is the Mona Lisa. Dali’s masterpiece is the Persistence of Memory.…

Are You Really Worshipping?

We talk a lot about worshipping God, but too often we assume that worship is something that only happens when we lift our hands and sing during the slow songs at church. Really, worship is so much more than that.

Confessions Of A Pre-Seminary Student

I’m less than a week away from starting a 3-year, online program to obtain my Masters in Divinity with an emphasis on Worship degree. All the paperwork has been turned in. All the introductory classes have been completed. All the appointments with counselors are over. At this point, I am waiting… simply waiting for the…

The Importance of Spiritual Training

“It’s okay to eat a donut every day as long as you spend time with Jesus.” These have probably been some of the most powerful words a pastor has EVER spoken to me. Okay, Okay. Probably not the most powerful words EVER but I do like donuts. I also know that donuts don’t fall into the…

The Power of Words

When singled out from anything else, a word is simply that.. a word. But do you know the full power that your words have?

The More I Lose…

God has given us a very good life. Yet we still complain every day about one thing or another that we do not have. Why?

Choosing Joy While Waiting

People expect everything to happen now. Our society believes that everything should happen within a split second of when they want it to happen. But is that biblical?

Where Are Our Priorities?

You can tell a lot about what you consider to be important by looking at where your time is spent. How are your priorities?

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