Whatever is True…Think on These Things

Suffering has a way of shrinking your view of your entire life down to your pain. It’s like when you have a headache, everything you do is tainted and affected by the throbbing your feel in your forehead. Suffering has a way of causing spiritual amnesia. We forget that there is more true about us…

Joy’s Secret Weapon

You have a secret weapon in fighting for joy. As a pastor, counseling people in trouble is a regular part of my life. I counsel teenagers, singles, married couples, 20 somethings, empty nesters, and all points in between. Most people who come for counseling are not joyful–that’s often what drives them to seek counseling in…

Fighting Sin with Greater Joy

Have you ever sat behind that person at the movie theater? Maybe they are tall and block a clear view of the screen. Or perhaps they cannot resist the urge to comment on the movie or reminisce about in what other movies this or that actress has been. But one way or another, they obstruct your…

Depression is a malady that has hit close to my heart, as family members and close friends have struggled with it…

Photo by Mario Azzi on Unsplash Depression is “just this detached, meaningless fog where you can’t feel anything about anything.” Depression is a malady that has hit close to my heart, as family members and close friends have struggled with it. Although I’ve personally not battled with intense and pervasive bouts of depression, there have been at times a…

A definition of Joy by John Piper

Joy in Christ is the deep good feelings in loving Him and believing Him. It’s the echo in our emotions — our hearts — of experiencing Christ as precious and experiencing Christ as reliable. It’s the deep good feelings of being attracted to Him for who He is and the deep good feelings of being…