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One of the most hopeful verses in the entire Old Testament is Jonah 3:1, when God speaks again to Jonah after Jonah had been swallowed by a whale for his disobedience:   1 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second […]

The most famous part of the story of Jonah in the Old Testament is the moment in his life when he was swallowed by a huge fish: 17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of […]

If you look at the Old Testament story of Lot (Genesis 13-14, 19), you’ll see a cautionary tale of how quickly life can get out of control when our bad decisions start to snowball. Where did things start to go […]

If you read Daniel 3, you’ll discover an amazing real-life story of three men who courageously spoke truth to power even at the threat of their own lives. In a previous post I share four harmful ways we respond to […]

There’s no getting around difficult times in our lives. As followers of Jesus, however, we are called to respond differently than the rest of the world. It could be a relationship that is going downhill, a situation you weren’t expecting or a […]

It could be a husband that doesn’t believe. It could be a daughter trapped in a deceptive relationship. It could be a friend in denial of their alcoholism. It could be a coworker crushed under the weight of depression. However […]

How do you raise up children in Christ in this difficult world? That’s a really, good question for parents to ask today. The question is not just how do you raise up kids today? There are a million books out there from […]

Because we live in a fallen world, pain and suffering are unavoidable for us as humans. If you’d like to wrestle with the question of why bad things happen to good people, read here. If you’d like to explore how […]

The night before Jesus died, as he sat down to enjoy a last supper with his disciples, he gave his disciples a new command that would change everything!  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, […]

Not all sermons are created equal. What separates the good messages from the transformational ones? It’s not word selection, personal charisma, or even the depth of the theological truth being communicated. It’s something most preachers and teachers think nothing about. […]