I can make the same face, too, when God starts to dig around in my heart. I'll never forget when the verse above, Philippians 2:3, came alive to me in a fresh way: "let nothing be done for selfish ambition or vainglory"
"I waited patiently for the Lord... I certainly do not like waiting. In fact, I have this strange tendency to assume when God promises me something that it's going happen in a timetable that seems reasonable to me."
Accept the way God does things, for who can straighten what He has made crooked? Ecclesiastes 7:13 NLT The Scripture above is very interesting and reminds me of what God said to Isaiah, "my ways are not your ways". The Hebrew word here for "crooked" is AVATH and it means "to bend, to make … Continue reading Has God Ever Messed Up Your Plans? (Ecclesiastes 7:13 Devo)
Anxiety has become an epidemic. But through thanksgiving we can turn our worry into worship. Have you ever been worried? As a new believer, a better question for me would have been, "Have you ever NOT been worried?". Since a small child, I had lived in a state of anxiety. Fear was my constant companion, … Continue reading Thanksgiving: Our Weapon Against Worry
4 practical tips we gleaned from God's Word to keep off the weight. It's been a little over two years since I lost 80 pounds. (My wife was able to lose over 50!) Though I fluctuate a bit, I thank God I've been able to keep the weight off. (My wife, too!) Today, I want … Continue reading How I Lost 80 Pounds and Kept It Off
The great 90's poet, Haddaway, once cried out, "What is love?! Baby, don't hurt me. Don't hurt me. No more. What is love?!" This poor man, hurting and distraught, was looking for answers. In his agony, he penned his lamentations to the melody of synthesizers and the thumping of a techno beat… Okay, I'm being … Continue reading What is love?!
Today, we celebrate America’s independence. We take time and remember that on this day, July 4th, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, our founding fathers adopted the United States Declaration of Independence. With this beautifully-penned document, they declared themselves free from the control of Great Britain---what they saw as a tyrannical, oppressive outside force. They wrote, “We … Continue reading A Declaration of Independence
I know this from experience. When Jesus saved me, I was deeply insecure. If a person got what I wanted, I was instantly unhappy, and out throwing a pity-party for myself. Super successful people made me uncomfortable. People with confidence and big dreams bugged me. Thank God I’ve grown in grace.