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Are You Under Attack?

As a Christian, how do you know when your under attack from dark forces? On the other hand, how do you know when it's just a hard time and thus an opportunity to trust and grow? Distinguishing between the two can be difficult especially in light of … More

It’s All About the Prep

Why do we have so many trials, struggles, and hard roads? Why can't things just be easier? While certainly not a comprehensive answer, think about painting a house. The real work is in the prep, right? That is, one needs to prepare the house for the … More

How To Get Your Kids To “Really” Smile In Photos

As parents, we know our kids don't always like to have their photograph taken - neither do we as adults - unless the setting, hair, clothes...etc, are just right. To get around this with my kids, we made a game of it. We call it Camera Tag In The … More

Why My Pool Is Like Church

As I was watching my four kids, and two neighborhood friends splash around my $90 plastic pool, I realized something about church. You see, when folks talk about church, they talk about the worship music, or the great pastor, the powerful preaching, … More

The Fight – Like It Or Not

I'm reading an old classic called, The Fight, by John White. Chapter five is an incredible piece on the everyday battle we face, like it or not, between good and evil. Many don't acknowledge this battle (in the big or the small, chalking it up to … More

The Sacred Facebook Scrolls

Thomas a Kempis

In light of our daily Facebook meditations, consider this quote from Medieval monk, Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471), from the book, The Imitation of Christ. We could enjoy much peace if we did not busy ourselves with what other people say and do, for … More

What’s The Gospel?

What is the Gospel? It's an interesting question answered a variety of ways. My favorite answer, borrowed from historian John Dickson, is that the Gospel is the Gospel. That is, it's the contents of the first four books of the New Testament (one … More

Why We Laugh and Cry at the Cross

Cross of Christ

235 years ago John Newton wrote Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. We all know at least the first verse. Newton understood Grace because he understood his wretchedness – he understood his sin in light of … More

3 Reasons You Lose Faith

The Sower

There are a number of extra-biblical theories about Jesus. Some argue he was married. Others claim he was not divine, but just a great teacher. And still others are so far off the mark they can make a Hollywood movie (e.g., Dan Brown). Jesus was very … More

We Have An Identity Issue

Jesus

Our core is our identity. Our core is who we are. So, who are you? What's your core? How do you determine who you are? Is it by your job, relationship status, wealth, fitness, youth...? Our culture screams to us to make our identity with the right … More