I want to grow in my hatred of sin. What about you?

Photo by Julio Rionaldo on Unsplash I don’t hate my sin like I know Jesus calls me to. I compare and contrast. I downplay. I fail to see at times the far-reaching effects of sin. I fail to see that just as God has created us as communal beings, my sin is also communal and has a negative…

5 statements every kid needs to hear (over and over)

Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash My bride and I love our kids. Honestly. We enjoy hugging and kissing them. We enjoy holding their hands, though they’re quickly seeing that I’m not nearly as cool as they once thought I was! We love seeing them smile and hearing them laugh. We love when they ask questions about Jesus,…

Lauren, why do you ALWAYS do that?!?

Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unsplash So maybe the above picture is a little bit of an embellishment when seeking to describe the conflict that happens in a lot of marriages? Or maybe it isn’t? My bride and I are going on seventeen years of marriage and though there are many roads of conflict we have often traveled,…

“I want that person’s spouse” – Envy

Photo by Mihai Stefan Photography from Pexels I want their spouse. I want their job. I want their notoriety. I want their well-behaved kids. I want their pedigree. I want their house. I want their influence. I want their skills. I want their discretionary income. I want their gifting in preaching. I want their church because it’s bigger…

4 qualities of Christlikeness from Sam Crabtree’s book Practicing Affirmation – a veritable goldmine.

  Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash Sam Crabtree in Practicing Affirmation focuses on eight but for this post, I’ll simply and briefly share four. Alertness. No one was more alert than Jesus. Think about the calling of Matthew the tax collector in Matthew 9:9-13. Matthew writes that Jesus saw him sitting at the booth; when individuals (including…

3 simple questions I regularly think about regarding my walk with Jesus.

Photo by Emily Morter on Unsplash Each and every time I attend an event that the North American Mission Board facilitates they submit several questions to participants for the purpose of personal engagement. Too often we hear great content but fail to reflect and intentionally think how we can appropriate certain truths or principles into our lives. Questions…