Killin' It: Remote Controlled11/23/14
There is a sin that is so common to the human experience, it is the gateway to all other sins. It promises to make us bigger, better, and more important, but only makes us smaller and meaner. It strips us of our capacity to connect with others. It...
The Pain and the Promise of Obedience
We want to feel closer to God. We want our faith to grow. But when God calls us, it usually involves some sacrifice. He asks us to let go of our plans for our lives so we can take hold of his plans. What would happen if you decided that when God asks...
Have you noticed how people seem to get lit up about Christmas earlier and earlier every year? For some, the Christmas season can’t come early enough. For others, any mention of Christmas before Thanksgiving is a major annoyance. But for still others,...
Something for Everyone
We're all tempted to think that obeying rules will put us in right relationship with God—if we do what he wants, he will accept us. But we find ourselves having to ask God for forgiveness over and over again. That's because our heavenly Father's rules...
God wants us to do what he would do if he were us. We don't have to imagine what that might be. We can take our cues from Jesus. He used his power and position for the powerless and the positionless. We're called todo good for other people. Be...
Our church is a stewardship. It isn't about us. It's about all of the people around us who don't know Jesus . . . yet. God has given us the opportunity to create churches unchurched people love to attend. That's why we're about to do something...
Anything But Average: Do What You Know
No one aims to live an average life. When we were younger, we all aspired to live extraordinary lives. But somewhere along the way, we settle into an average job, average debt, average marriage, average family, and average dreams. If we were to really...
Anything But Average: Now and Later
One of the things that can keep us from living beyond average is the tension between now and later. We’re tempted to live for the moment, to satisfy our desires instantly. But when we pursue instant gratification, the problems in our lives increase....
Anything But Average: Exceeding Average
No one wants to be average. You don’t want to be an average spouse or parent. You don’t want to be an average boss or employee. You may not want to be extraordinary, but you probably want to stand apart from the crowd. You probably want to avoid the...
In the Meantime: Comfort Zone
When we’re in the midst of pain and suffering, it can feel like we’ll never be happy again, nothing good can come from our circumstances, and there’s no reason to continue living. But those are lies. God can redeem, use, and work through our pain. And...
In the Meantime: Believe It or Not
Jesus told his followers that unavoidable trials aren’t aberrations; they are expectations. They can actually serve a beneficial purpose. Why? Because God can redeem, use, or work through the undeserved, unavoidable, circumstantial trials in our...
In the Meantime: Where's Your Focus?
What do you do when life hasn’t gone in the direction you hoped or wanted it to go and there’s nothing you can do to change your circumstances? What do you do when you’re living in “the meantime”? If you’ve ever been In the meantime or if you’re...
In the Meantime: Yes, You Can
What do you do when there’s nothing you can do? Relationally, financially, professionally, physically, or academically, It just is what it is. There’s nothing you can do to change your situation. Challenging circumstances can make you jealous or...
In the Meantime: A Purpose and a Promise
Every once in a while, we run into people stuck in unchangeable, unalterable, in-the-meantime circumstances who get to the place where they’re able and willing to receive their circumstances, their afflictions, their illnesses, their losses, and their...
In the Meantime: The New Normal
What do we do when our circumstances are so challenging there’s no way forward and no way out? We have problems for which there seem to be no solutions. We have questions without answers. During times like these, we’re tempted to run or give up. We’re...
We all want autonomy. We all want to be in charge of our own destinies. It's good to be king. That desire is natural, but it's also problematic because it can cause us to drift toward isolation. We need the forced, sometimes uncomfortable, structured...
Come & See: A Part, Not Apart
Everyone wants to feel needed. After all, the alternative is feeling unneeded . . . dispensible. And no one likes to feel like he or she doesn’t matter. There’s nothing super about being superfluous. We go to college, learn new skills, attend...
Come & See: The Cue to Who
When Jesus’ earliest followers invited people to come and see him, they weren’t trying to explain something. They were inviting others to experience someone. A living example is better than a lengthy explanation. If people don’t like what they see in...
Come & See: Show and Tell
Most of us wound up at church because someone invited us. That dynamic has been in place since the earliest days of the church. People are drawn into relationship with Jesus when someone invites them to come and see. Over the past two thousand years,...
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
We all want life and liberty. Everyone wants to pursue happiness. But few experience those things to the fullest. Sometimes we feel trapped in life. We're unhappy. Why is that? One reason is that we need to uncover, discover, and recover our stories.
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