Unexpected Pregnancy and the Church

A few years ago I met a single and pregnant woman named Jordan. She was 19. She joined Embrace Grace, a support group for women with unexpected pregnancies at my church, and she shared her story with us. Days before coming to the class, Jordan had found out she was pregnant. She was scared....

New Tomorrows

As a new year unfolds, the Lord wants us to know what to believe Him for and how to be open to that, because He is set to do it. How can we step forward into His year of new tomorrows with expectation? Called to New Discernment Do you not know...

Have Yourself A Merry “Family” Christmas

My car door closed with a reluctant click. I stood next to my vehicle, jaw dropped, absorbing the scene. I couldn’t believe my eyes. My wife and I looked at each other wondering if we should go forward. She shrugged as if to suggest all would be fine. The kids put on their pitiful faces hoping I...

Love Everybody

This is one of the most racially charged, politically crazy times our country has ever seen. People are mad at each other based on what they post on social media or what their bumper sticker says. It’s so easy for us to get angry and worked up by people who have a different opinion than ours. We...

Who Are You?

Have you ever asked yourself, “Who am I?” Or how about this: “What am I supposed to be when I grow up?” These questions are always in the mix during conversations about identity. In fact, they’re regarded as the two fundamental existential questions of life, and they often cause a lot of heartache and late-night pondering. To completely...

Half the Battle

What types of battles are you facing right now? The list of battles we face throughout a lifetime is far too lengthy to list, but I have no doubt you are facing one. I heard an old preacher say one time, “you are either in a battle, coming out of a battle, or about to enter one.” No one...

Dinner With Strangers

In September 2015 I found myself on a trip to Israel with a group called “Israel Collective.” I was invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Holy Land and I had no idea what to expect. I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to go, but I had a conversation with my wife a week before the trip...

God Will Unify His Church, Whether Christians Want It or Not

In Galatians 3:28, we find God’s present-day plan for the Church: “There is neither Jew nor Greek”—one version says Jew nor Gentile—“neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ.” So, there is unity in God’s plan. From the beginning, it was a unity of blood. We are all one in...

Getting a Word From God

Have you ever wanted to hear from God or needed a word from the Lord? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. As you pursue a deeper, more intimate relationship with God you’ll undoubtedly come to a place where you need to hear from Him. He speaks in a variety of ways, whether it be from His...

Making 2020 the Best

Everywhere we look, we see memes about how 2020 will go down as the worst year ever. It’s true that 2020 has been challenging, but what if we look back on this year and remember it being far better than we are seeing it now? We have an opportunity to confront some ugly things in our society...