Past, Present, and Future Sins are Forgiven

Did you know that all your sins, past, present, and future are already forgiven? That may seem like a radical statement. How can God forgive sin we haven’t even committed yet? In Hebrews 10, the author of Hebrews contrasts the Old and New Covenants. In verse 11 he says, “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftetimes the same … Read More

Free Will in the Creation Story

In Genesis 1 God creates the heavens and the earth, all the animals and plants, and man. After creating the universe, God sits down with Adam and begins to describe what He’s created and man’s role in it. Man is to be a steward of a special corner of God’s creation. Adam is, in conjunction with his family, to fill … Read More

God Sounds Like You

When Jesus was walking the earth, it was a lot harder to recognize who He was than we might imagine. We give the Pharisees a lot of grief for missing it, but His own family didn’t believe in Him (John 7:5). The difficulty they had was that they grew up with Jesus. They saw Him every day working with their dad. He … Read More

What is God Really Like?

What is God really like? That’s a big question. It’s so big we’ll never have the full answer, but we’re meant to continually seek it. Jesus described knowing God as eternal life (John 17:3).  Real living starts when we begin to see God for who He really is. This is a lifelong journey that doesn’t even stop when we die. For … Read More

Stand Still or Move Forward?

I read a sign the other day that said, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” This is a quote from Exodus 14:14. Moses says it to the children of Israel when they get to the red sea and Pharaoh’s army is closing in. We have a tendency in Christianity to pull verses like this out … Read More

Set the Genie Free

Recently I was reading the book version of Disney’s Aladdinto my kids.  If you don’t remember it, it’s the one where Robbin Williams is the Genie and he partners with “Al” to rescue princess Jasmine and the Sultan from the evil wiles of the counselor Jafar. As I was reading it, something really jumped out to me.  The way genies … Read More

Facing Our Fears With Courage

The high dive is no joke. I remember watching people jump off that thing as a kid and thinking they were crazy and awesome.  I really wanted to try it.  Finally, one year I stirred myself up and climbed that long ladder. I can still remember slowly making my way the end. The board was rough beneath my feet, and I … Read More

What’s Causing the Storms in our Lives?

The other day I was listening to someone teach about the time Jesus’s disciples almost drowned in the boat as they crossed the sea of Galilee.  It’s always intense to imagine 12 guys, many of whom were experienced sailors, panicking because of a storm.  It must have been pretty serious! The teacher went on to make the point that the … Read More

Not Missing What Matters Most

Last year I went to a conference in Pennsylvania to be refreshed and encouraged.  It was put on by Global Awakening ( which is Randy Clark’s ministry.  While I was there, I had the opportunity to attend a partner’s luncheon where Randy answering questions. If you don’t know Randy’s story, it’s a powerful one.  I can’t tell it all here, … Read More

Honor in Disagreement

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man … Read More