Ruined By Hope

The photo above was taken by Kevin Carter. It won a Pulitzer Prize and was awarded Picture of the Year by The American Magazine. Disturbing, isn’t it? It depicts a Sudanese child on the brink of starvation and a vulture waiting for a meal. How…

Why “Just Be Yourself” is Terrible Advice!

Somewhere in the deep, dark recesses of a closet in my home, there’s a high school yearbook. In that yearbook are little notes of encouragement that were written to me by my classmates. Virtually all of them convey the same message, just expressed in…

I AM WHAT I DESPISE; THEREFORE, I MUST FORGIVE!

Do you ever watch action movies where, in the beginning of the film, the hero’s wife was killed by the bad guy, or his daughter was kidnapped (that’s pretty much every action movie plot, isn’t it?), and the rest of the movie you sit…

Looking At Work Differently

Do you think Jesus made high quality furniture? We know Jesus as the Messiah, but much of His life was spent as a carpenter, which goes to show that even the Son of God was not above work. God worked as well. Psalm 8:3…

Diva or Debtor?

In Chapter 1 of the book of Job we read these words: 20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there….

Why Are You So Angry?

Not long ago I took my son, Zane, to the DMV so he could take his written permit test. He gets out of school at 3:40 p.m. It’s about a 10-15 minute drive from the High School to the DMV office. The DMV stops…

WHAT WOULD JESUS POST?

Picture this scenario: Jesus makes His way through the busy marketplace. All of the sudden, he reaches under His robe and pulls out His iPhone 7 and snaps a picture of all the people. Hashtag “The Harvest is Plentiful.” Then Jesus signs on to…

YOU’RE NOT THE EXCEPTION!

I cannot tell you how many individuals I have studied the Bible with who felt as though it was a waste of time because, in their mind, they had done too much wrong. God could never forgive them. I have counseled with numerous Christians…

How Do You Respond to the “Check Engine” Light?

One of the most frustrating sights on my vehicle dashboard is the “Check Engine” light. The problem is not necessarily the light itself. It’s the fact that the light can indicate so many things. Three years ago I was in Denver, CO about to…

Everything in Moderation?

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. I’m sure you have heard this statement before. Many well-intentioned folks, even Christians, have used this statement as a mantra for living. But what message is being sent with this phrase? What is the motivation behind it? Typically people will employ…