Put Your Sword Away

Peter believed Jesus’ kingdom on earth would need swords and men willing to use them. It would require sacrifice, the willingness to die for Jesus, and also, the willingness to kill for Jesus…

And Before the Coffee is Fully Brewed…

I used to try and love God, now I just let Him love me

Five Signs You May Have a Wrong View of God

              If the truth sets us free, then it’s safe to say that a lie holds us back. What we believe about the nature of God is of infinite importance. We are either growing in freedom or we are becoming disenfranchised. There is...

Introducing Children to the Father

I prayed. “Father, come make your love known.” Immediately our Father, Ethan’s and mine, filled the room with His love. It’s hard to explain but let me try. For the next ten minutes, while I lay there and held Ethan, my body trembled with God’s presence. I literally shook with His love.

Life

being manifested by growth: being daily transformed as His kids, His friends
Deliver Us from Obligation

Deliver Us from Obligation

What an honor to go where he leads, to hear that voice that comes with inspiration and to recognize where it came from. A few years ago, I would have thought the voice in my heart was the voice of laziness. I mean, of course, I don’t want to work..but I should right? WRONG! I do what my Father inspires me to do, and where He leads, I follow. It’s not the other way around even though He is faithful to follow me with His love no matter what.

PRONE TO LOVE

“Prone To Love is an irresistible journey into transforming love.”
— Mark Batterson, NYT Bestselling Author of The Circle Maker

GOD IS (NOT) IN CONTROL

What if control is a flawed word to describe God’s sovereignty?
What if there is an infinitely better word, a greater revelation – LOVE!

THE WHOLE STORY IS BETTER THAN YOU THINK!

UNTAMED

You were created to dream… and dream big.
Discover how to take the limits off your dreams,
and start experiencing the abundant life that you were made for!

Where is God?

We had less than ten dollars to our name, mostly in loose change, and we had about a gallon of gas in the van. Karen is amazing, her faith stunning. She is well acquainted with our Father’s good love and made a statement that highlights it: “We have food in the fridge. We are blessed and God is so good.”

If God Is Good…

If I type into Google’s search bar, “If God is good…” Google will finish my search with the following suggestions: …Why is there suffering? …why do bad things happen? …why is there evil?

Why Mark Driscoll Is My Hero

              Over the years I have quietly disagreed with some of Mark Driscoll’s thoughts on God and his approach to ministry. A few months ago I read some of his tweets, they were loud and confrontational in tone, and they caused...

Sinbad, Seacrest, & Paper Cuts

Suddenly I felt the presence of God as if He were standing right next to me. Then He said to me, “I was there when that happened, I felt that.”

A Sunday Morning Drive

The church gathers and sings beautiful love songs to God. They pray for each other and encourage and challenge each other to love greater and live bolder. Often someone speaks about the goodness of God. It’s a nice thing to do on a Sunday morning.

A Message From My Father

I love you when you mess up; I love you when you come running back. I love you when you reject my grace; I love you when you embrace my goodness. I always love you. Do you believe me?

And Before the Coffee is Fully Brewed…

I used to try and love God, now I just let Him love me

Donald Millers, The Open Table: An Invitation to Walk with God

In early 2010, my brother Joel asked me if I would be interested in writing the guide book to the second offering of Donald Millers “The Open Table.” …

16 Years Baby!

I don’t remember the exact first time I told Karen I loved her. I do remember the first time I kissed her.

God Is Not In Control, You Are…

“You know, I could control you, Ethan. I could force, manipulate or straight up shame you into obedience, you’re only ten. I can make him behave. But someday my boy, you will be a man and beyond my ability to control. But more importantly son, I don’t want to control you, I want you to control yourself. I want you to value freedom as the Holy Spirit does. Do you understand?”

The Skill Saw

Here’s the thing, if we believe God is about control, it affects everything. Every experience and encounter is filtered through the insecurity of our relationship with a small God. A control-based perspective of God is evidenced by the subtle anxiety we experience in our heart when the furnace breaks down, to the blatant sense of righteousness when a rapist gets the death penalty.

Who Do You Say That I Am

Jesus pressed his disciples asking, “And how about you? Who do you say I am?”Peter said, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Tell Her How I See Her

I took a breath and was about to pray for all the needs she had just brought to my attention when God interrupted me. Speaking to my heart in a strong commanding way He asked, “Jason, what are you doing?”

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