Grouchy at other churches? Their size, influence, creativity, or ingenuity. Nope. Not me. Never. ūüė≥ūüė≥

Photo by Omar Prestwich on Unsplash¬† Grouchiness about other pastors‚Äô churches? Their size? Their coolness? The number of conversions they see? Their creativity in programming, marketing, and sermons?¬† Nope. Not me. Never. I promise.¬†¬† I‚Äôm always kingdom-minded and thankful for the work that God is doing in and through other churches. God tells us to…

No one enjoys feeling trapped.

No one enjoys feeling trapped. When you feel trapped, you feel suffocated, pressed in, like there’s no way to escape. Many Christians live feeling like they are trapped in sin. While we experience the joy of Christ changing us through the power of the Spirit, there always seems to be certain sins from which each…

Daily devotion 1.5.20

Photo by¬†Sincerely Media¬†on¬†Unsplash Passages for 1.5.20: Genesis 12-15; Psalm 148; Mark 5. In Mark 5:21-43 we read about two healings. The first was a woman with a twelve-year problem with a discharge of blood; she touched Jesus’ garment and was healed immediately. The other miracle was the resurrecting of Jairus’ daughter.¬† In verse 23 Mark…

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‚Äôs bigger…

Digital consumerism is directly at odds w/much of the gospel of Jesus

Photo by¬†Alexander Andrews¬†on¬†Unsplash In¬†12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You,¬†author Tony Reinke says, “digital consumerism is directly at odds with many of the most fundamental convictions of the gospel. Spiritual authenticity is measured by faith in the unseen truth of God, not by confidence in the visible consumables of our age” (138). What does he…