There are many false ideas, spiritual urban legends, floating around our churches today. Unfortunately, we often swallow these lies hook, line, and sinker, and then get frustrated with God for failing to keep promises He never made! Thinking of these lies Christians swallow, let's examine this one: Does God really have a “blueprint” for our … Continue reading Does God Have a Blueprint for My Life?
What is the best part of knowing Jesus? Some might say forgiveness. Others, freedom from addiction. Still others would say it’s the peace and joy they’ve found in Christ. And most would probably say the promise of eternal life is the best part of knowing Jesus. While all those things are true and good, Luke … Continue reading The Best Part of Knowing Jesus
"I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me." (Psalm 120:1, NIV) How is your prayer life? Mine has gone through many seasons alternating between fervent, regular, intimate prayer and periods of dryness where I feel like God doesn't answer or I just plain don't pray. One thing's for sure, though, when … Continue reading In My Distress
Most evangelical Christians believe that reading the Bible is of utmost importance. Yet, the Bible is a somewhat intimidating book to read. For one thing, it's enormous. For another, the Bible was written by over 40 human authors over a period of 1400 years. There's a lot of cultural-historical contexts we don't see behind the … Continue reading Reading the Bible in 4 Steps
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai... (Jonah 1:1). This phrase, "the word of the Lord came to..." is repeated quite often throughout the Old Testament. As a child, I remember praying and asking God for His Word to come to me as it did to Jonah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and … Continue reading Hearing God