Road blocks or opportunities?

You are the greatest barrier to your own transformation.  I was sitting in a classroom at my seminary with 20+ other pastors hearing these words.  All of us in the room had heard this before, but as I reflected on these words, I wondered: how would I life differently if this was so? This question […]

Unbelief

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Luke 9:24 NIV   Faith in God makes sense until it doesn’t anymore.  Faith in God is sometimes easier to understand cognitively than in actual reality.  It makes sense in our heads, but is much harder to translate to the world we […]

Ambush

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. […]

Down for the Count

“25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.” Acts 16:25–26 (ESV)   Paul and Silas had just been […]

Count the Cost

As a reader I love to walk through book stores and see what books are being published, especially the best sellers.  Recently, I was walking through Barnes and Noble and could not help walking through the self-help section.  Now sarcastically I can say to you this is my “favorite” section of the book store to […]