Posted: 4:40 am on November 01, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
When Jesus was asked by His disciples how to pray, He gave them the perfect template in what is commonly called The Lord's Prayer. Part of this prayer was to pray for the kingdom to come. I believe it is right to pray for His kingdom to come.
Recently, I viewed something that astonished me and created in me an urgent feeling to pray more fervently than I had ever prayed before...to pray for the King of this coming kingdom to come...and to come quickly. I was driving to work one day when inRead full post
Posted: 4:07 pm on August 28, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
Miley Cyrus made sure she was not overlooked at this week’s MTV Awards. While many label her actions as “individualized expression,” others recognize the truth behind her outrageous performance.
Miley, just as many other young adults and teens in our culture, desires one thing above all --ATTENTION. Many young people I have counseled and taught in conferences tell me they are feeling neglected, abandoned and overlooked. They are seeking attention any way they can get it – whether negativeRead full post
Posted: 7:11 am on August 24, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
A while back a good friend of mine shared with me a video that really spoke to me. It resonated with me concerning how I relate to my spouse and what she really needs from me, not what I think she needs from me. That said I encourage you to take a moment and watch this short video.
Earlier this year with the help of a trained counselor I was smacked in the face by the fact that I approach situations, especially those with me wife, and for that matter even my kids, with a HAMMER. MeaningRead full post
Posted: 8:26 am on June 06, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
"I love you."
"Wow, that was really good babe."
Those are words of life that my wife has said to me more times than I can count. Each time she speaks these simple words of affirmation they recharge me, my sense of worth, love, and significance. As Gary Chapman in his book The Five Love Languages says they fill my "Love Tank".
Whether or not words of affirmation are your primary love language isn’t the point of this post. The point is that the words we speak to thoseRead full post
Posted: 4:26 am on April 18, 2013 Be the first to comment on this post
Sometimes in life, there are relationships that we hold very dear to us – especially family relationships. They seem to go along smoothly and we can’t ever imagine things being different. Changing. But they do. You grow up. You change your opinions. You evolve into your own person. And things start to shift.
It’s subtle at first, but the more you find your own voice and purpose, oftentimes, the more you notice the shifting ground. Things aren’t as comfortable anymore. Differences of opinionRead full post
Posted: 8:34 pm on November 13, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
If you have been alive for longer than five minutes, you will know what I mean when I say, “Don’t Worry! Be Happy!”
Growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, that seemed to be a good motto to live by. It’s not that hard to do if you only focus on what makes you feel happy. At least that idea lasts until you get to high school, as it is then that real world stresses start to creep in, and finding what makes you happy becomes more complicated.
Happiness is a feeling. It can last for seconds, hoursRead full post
Posted: 7:41 am on September 06, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
Going at life “solo” is dangerous.
I’ve seen it happen time and time again. You grow frustrated with your church and so you stop going. You drop out of your ladies Bible Study or pull away from your friends because tough stuff is going on in your life. Whatever the reason; suddenly, we have put ourselves in a position of great vulnerability. Not that Satan doesn’t like to attack us in any kind of situation; but I think he finds us an especially easy target when we are going at life aloneRead full post
Posted: 4:47 am on June 17, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
How do we pray for our children?
Here’s Paul’s powerful prayer in Ephesians 1:15-23, worded with a focus on a father’s prayer for his children.
Praying Ephesians 1:15-23 for Our Children
15For this reason, I pray for my children’s faith in the Lord Jesus and their love for all the saints,
16I have not stopped giving thanks for my children, remembering them in my prayers.
17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give my children the spirit ofRead full post
Posted: 10:52 am on May 31, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
I have a former church member who remains a very close friend of mine even today.
This man is going through some very terrible trials right now. Before I was called into the ministry, this man was our worship music leader. He is such a strong Christian man who has been blessed with eight children and nine grandchildren. Even though we don’t attend the same church anymore, I still see him and I remain on my old church’s Prayer Chain.
Up until two years ago, this man and his family hadRead full post
Posted: 8:23 pm on May 12, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
“You’ve been WHERE?” Those are three words I will never forget hearing from my mom when I decided to take a little shopping trip on my own-at AGE THREE! Mom was never one to let me out of her sight, but one afternoon, I found two minutes of freedom and I took full advantage.
We had been sitting in the driveway when the phone rang. Mom ran inside, but not before turning to me and commanding, “Don’t Move.” The next thing I remember, I was walking to the neighborhood store that was six blocksRead full post
Posted: 4:56 am on April 04, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
Jesus – friend of Sinners, how I love that title! For so long it has been a personal testament to me, that Christ would be the friend of someone so obviously imperfect and broken. It is now a song title, in a new single from Casting Crowns.
Being a friend to the sinner and loving everyone unconditionally is the most radical aspects of Jesus’ ministry. It is the one that made so many people uneasy: that the Creator of the Universe would stoop so low to forgive and partake in life withRead full post
Posted: 6:18 pm on February 22, 2012 6 Comments
I enjoyed an amazing week last week at the Faith Biblical Counseling Training Conference at Faith Church in Lafayette, Indiana.
What was the highlight for me?
Was Equipping the Highlight?
As much as I enjoyed my six teaching times (I always love equipping biblical counselors), that wasn’t my highlight experience.
However, if you want links to those teaching times and the PowerPoint presentations:Read full post
Posted: 7:43 pm on February 04, 2012 1 Comment
My seminary professor once told me about a father whose young son was constantly in trouble. He was continuously getting in trouble…so one day, the father went upstairs to find his son getting into things that he was told not to mess with. When the boy saw his father, he instantly knew that he was in trouble. Slowly the father took off his belt. He took his shirt off and then ask the boy to give him 10 lashes with the belt. The boy started crying and said he couldn’t do it. The fatherRead full post
Posted: 6:00 am on February 03, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
I was talking to some young moms at my church in the not-too-distant past. I was sharing with them the three things that I felt were most important in building a child. They are their personal identity, spiritual identity, and family identity.
These 3 things are the anchors in every child’s life. They are the things that will give them roots when the rest of the world is uprooted. They will give a strong foundation to a person instead of allowing them to feel as if they are standing onRead full post
Posted: 9:51 pm on January 21, 2012 Be the first to comment on this post
Doesn’t it just sound awful? It sounds creepy to me, like something that is the catalyst for domestic abuse. It doesn’t sound healthy for a relationship. The band Better than Ezra sings about it in the song "Rosealia":
Jealousy can rip your heart out.
And jealousy can turn a hand into a fist.
But yet, in Deuteronomy 4:24 from The Message, it says:
God, your God, is not to be trifled with—he's a consuming fire, a jealous God.
As Nancy Leigh DeMoss says, in her messageRead full post