I have a question for you, at this moment right now, what do you think would make you more content? I’m sure a lot ran through your mind. Maybe more money? More freedom? Better health? Like me, we’ve all been in that place that thinks, “Well if I just had _____”, then I’d be more…Read More
How To Worry Less
How are you dealing with anxiety, fear and worry lately? As we SIP, some of you, maybe for the first time, are feeling overwhelmed. I read this week that 36% of Americans have said the pandemic has had a serious impact on their mental health. And 31% say they are sleeping less. For me, there…Read More
Post Easter Encouragement
It’s the week after Easter and I’m already feeling down and overwhelmed (again). For a post Easter pick-me-up, I’ve summarized my entire Easter sermon in 350 words (minus the Scripture). I pray it encourages you today! Three reasons why the resurrection still provides us with unshakable hope: Reason #1: The Resurrection of Jesus offers you…Read More
Moving from Despair to Hope
As we approach Holy Week, there has never been a bigger need for hope in my lifetime. Hope seems to be on short supply (much like toilet paper!), but despair is easy to come by today. Even before the onslaught of COVID-19, we had lots of reasons for fear and anxiety. In less than two…Read More
Five prayers that can change your life
Have you ever been in the place where all the energy you have left is spent crying out to God? It’s that place where you’ve tried everything, you’ve relied on your own wisdom and strength, and you are left broken and feeling helpless. It’s that place where all you can do is say, “God help…Read More
We Will Remember!
There were three sisters—ages 92, 94, and 96—who lived together. One night, the 96-year-old drew a bath. She put one foot in, and then paused. “Was I getting in the tub or out?” she yelled. The 94-year-old hollered back, “I don’t know, I’ll come and see.” She started up the stairs, but stopped on the…Read More
The Importance of Caring for your Soul
For most of January this year, I was out on a mini-sabbatical. Most Lead Pastors I know take extended time away every year to rest, think, dream, pray and seek God. Leading up to my time away, our church staff read a book called, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, which was really helpful and challenging about…Read More
Brand New: A Study in Colossians
At the church I serve, New North Church, we’ve been studying Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae. And I have to tell you, it’s been so good for me personally to immerse myself in this book of the Bible. Not only have a learned a ton, but I’ve been greatly encouraged in my faith.…Read More
A ministry like Jesus?
I’ve been studying the life of Jesus in the New Testament book, the Gospel of Matthew, for the past several months now. It’s been an incredible journey of learning and life transformation for me in several different ways. Just this week, it struck me, just how radical Jesus was. And I wondered about my own…Read More
How do I forgive someone?
A friend of mine asked me a great question today, “How do I forgive someone who deeply hurt me?” I honestly fumbled around with my answer. I’m not sure there is a step by step approach, but here is what I wish I told her… Let’s pretend later today you get gas and in the…Read More