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
We call fear by many names. We call it worry, tension, anxiety, and stress. One study looked at 500 different people and discovered 7,000 unique fears. On average, every person carries with them 14 different fears. In light of Covid-19, we’ve added another fear to our lists! One study I read a while ago said…Read More
Questions to ask yourself this New Year
The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God? What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will…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
How Does God Speak Through His Written Word?
The purpose of this blog is to help people find and follow God. To that end, I can’t think of a better place to direct people to go than the Bible. It is the primary place God speaks to us. But HOW does God speak in and through the Bible?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