I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t experience anxiety on some level. We live in a super stressed out world. We feel pressure all around us in just about every area of our lives. And all of this pressure makes us anxious. We are anxious to succeed. We are anxious for people to love us. […]
You never know what will happen when you start your day. You wake up, you have your plans, your schedule is laid out, you have a to-do list and you are off to the races. But how often does our plan get side-tracked or interrupted? As a pastor, I’m always on call in case […]
I sat with a couple of men this morning at breakfast. Men that are older than I am, which is 52. Men who have walked with God most of their lives, men who have been heavily involved in their church, men who I would consider mature in their walk with Jesus. I asked them […]
I’m a rule follower. I may have mentioned this before. But it’s worth repeating. I don’t like jaywalking, I try to follow directions and do what I’m told. I believe that most laws are good for us and help keep order in our country. I’ll admit that I’m not always good at following speed limits […]
I’m in the middle of my three-month sabbatical and have already been able to experience some amazing things. My wife and I have been to Israel and Greece and walked in the footsteps of Jesus and Paul. I’m sure I’ll have more podcasts about that soon But most recently I had the chance to […]
I love the Psalms. The Psalms contains such a wide spectrum of encouragement, hope, solace, and security. And it seems that no matter what I need spiritually, there is a Psalm that can satisfy me. Sometimes I need to be encouraged, sometimes I need to repent, sometimes I need to hear about forgiveness and steadfast […]
This story would even make Stephen King shudder… As a gospel writer, Mark is the shortest of the four. His gospel is fast paced and action packed. He quickly moves through the life of Jesus letting the narrative speak for itself. This is one of many stories in the life of Christ, yet Mark takes […]
There is one thing I know for sure, Everyone suffers at some point in their life. I realize that statement may not draw you in to listen to the rest of this podcast. However, I just want to get to the point and get to the hope we have in suffering. No one will […]
Everyone would like to live a life of purpose, meaning, joy, and success. We want to have clarity, inspiration, peace, and energy. We desire our relationships to be healthy, fulfilling, and satisfying. We want to feel confident, motivated, and productive. We want to be well-liked, happy, focused, and grateful. Can you tell I’ve been […]
Most people have at least seen a few minutes of the reality tv show Hoarders on A&E. The show documents the lives of people who have a disorder in which they cannot get rid of anything they have. This includes old magazines, newspapers but also trash, expired food, etc. These people are literally suffocating under […]
We love our Bible heroes don’t we? David the “giant slayer”, Moses the great deliverer, Nehemiah the courageous leader, Paul the outrageously bold church planter, the list could go on. While these men did live exemplary lives we have to be extremely careful not to get caught in the Bible hero worship trap. Goal is […]
The following article is from a study book entitled The Gospel-Centered Life. I highly recommend that you get it and go through it with some friends. Forgiving people who harm us is one of the most difficult things to do in life. And the deeper the wound, the more challenging it gets. We often feel […]
Maybe I’m not Reading my Bible Enough? I receive a devotional in my email each day from Ken Boa. What I love about this particular devotional is that it only contains Scripture, no commentary. Now, commentary is not all bad, but sometimes I just need to be guided by Scripture alone. I read […]
I’ve been meditating on one verse for over a year now. Actually, I bring this verse to mind more than any other. I struggle with confidence, failure, lack of discipline and find that I am a chronic condemner of myself. In order to fight against my own condemnation, I recall this verse and believe it […]
Listen to an interview I did with Steve Brown and learn how grace allows you to relax.
Christmas is only a few days away. Are you excited and ready to celebrate? I am exhausted. Not from shopping or baking or wrapping or hanging lights in the yard. But from the fact that our church has had two deaths in the last three weeks. It has been a really tough time for […]
Advent highlights the larger story of God’s Redemptive Plan. Hey friends, welcome to the first week of Advent. Advent encompasses the four weeks leading up to Christmas day, the day we celebrate the birth of Christ. But, I think many people do not even know what Advent is or what it means. So I […]
We should be thankful that God is determined to make us like Jesus.
In Psalm 19:7-9 we see that the Word of God has the power to transform your heart, soul and mind. The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The Holy Scriptures tell the love story of God redeeming His people back to Himself. Therefore, when you read it, your soul is brought back […]
Disappointed in myself and spiritually discouraged, I needed some gospel intervention. Listen closely and be encouraged by what Jesus has done and is doing in your life.
In this episode I read a brief excerpt from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, Life Together.
In this episode I replay an Ask Pastor John interview with Jen Wilkin. Jen helps us understand that the Bible is not about us but about God.
In this episode, I read a recent blog post by David Mathis at Desiring God. David writes about the struggles we all have in our Bible reading and gives us great encouragement to persevere.
The question we want to answer today is, “Can I Know God Personally?” and the short answer is simply, YES. In order to start understanding this answer let’s go back to the beginning of time and the creation of man. In Genesis 1: 27 we read, So God created man in his own image, in […]
In this episode, I read a chapter out of J. Oswald Sanders book, A Spiritual Clinic. In this chapter, he retells the courageous story of Caleb, a man “wholly committed to the Lord.”
Learn the magnitude of the truth that God’s Holy Spirit lives in you.
Dawson Trotman was founder of the Navigators, one of the most influential discipleship ministries of our time. This talk is entitled “Born to Reproduce”. It has motivated and inspired me in my own path to disciple others since I was in high school. If you enjoy this podcast please share it with your friends!
Although there are different Spiritual gifts they all have the SAME PURPOSE. What is the purpose of having Spiritual gifts and using them? Verse 7 says, “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. And the common good is to build up the church, to encourage one another in faith […]
This episode in the book of Judges shows us that God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things. But not for our own glory, rather for His purposes and will, and of course for His own glory.
You are a Blessing to Others When we read the Bible we need to see and understand that God has a redemptive plan from beginning to end. From Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 God’s plan is to create and redeem a people for Himself. A people who will worship and glorify Him for who He […]
Our life is not about glorifying ourselves, it’s about glorifying God. And when we do, then we get the benefit of a truly satisfied life.
God knows these three areas of your Life better than you do. Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Psalm 139 can be a very comforting Psalm or a very disturbing Psalm. […]
Your response to the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ is worship.
What happens when you don’t feed yourself I just preached a sermon on Philippians 2 where we talked about how God has taken care of all of our needs and how this frees us up to take care of the needs of others. What this does NOT mean is that we don’t take care of […]
This past weekend my wife Julie and I were able to take a few couples away to the beach for a couples retreat. It was just a time to get away to do some soul-searching within our marriages and think about the future. We talked about how we feel God is working on each of […]
Have you ever sat down to have your devotional or quiet time and were wondering what you should read that day in your Bible? Maybe you just finished reading a specific book of the Bible or you finished a devotional book and you are just not sure where to go today. While there is no […]
What God thinks about those who are in Christ He treasures you, prizes you and cares about you. He never forgets you. You are precious to Him. He considers you completely worth-while. He calls you His beloved. You are dear to his heart. He is devoted to you and has deep affection for you. […]
This is a bonus episode from an excerpt from a sermon by John Piper entitled Use Your Sin. John Piper is without a doubt one of the greatest Pastor/Theologians of all time. I encourage you to go to his website and listen, read, or watch as much as you can. Sermon Jam based on an […]
When I was in high school, my Young Life Leader, Casey Dunn, would meet every week with me and a small group of guys. He would teach us what it meant to follow Jesus and how to grow in our relationship with Christ. One of the things we did was to work through the Navigators […]
If we are going to be able to live out the commands of God then we have to know who we are. To know who we are means to know who God has made us to be through Jesus.
God is the Creator and preserver of everything that exists. See how these gospel truths impact your daily life.
The Biblical theologian and prophet Jeremiah, makes a strong contrast in Jeremiah 17:5-8, Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6 He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched […]
Want to start the New Year off right? Want to be a better person? You can’t do it yourself. You are going to need God to do it for you.
You will often hear me refer to my “Friday Morning Men’s Bible Study.” We meet every Friday all year long at a local Panera coffee shop at 6:30 am. You are welcome to join us if you are ever in Midlothian, VA! We’ve been meeting for over 8 years now and spun off a few […]
Ever wonder why or how to pray for your enemies? Me too! But I think Jesus can shed some light on this topic for us. Check it out…
1 Corinthians 15:1-6 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our […]
Whenever I read a passage of Scripture, whether it’s in my personal devotions or to prepare for a study, my first question is always, “What am I supposed to do?” Now, there is nothing wrong with this question. However, this should not be the first question we ask of a passage, it should be the last.
Our challenge is to familiarize ourselves with the stories of salvation history in the Bible. The Bible reveals in full color the greatness and majesty of a loving Creator who has shown mercy on a rebellious creation. Our call to action is to mine out the gems of the Old and New Testaments that declare the glory of God through His Son Jesus.
Has God been spiritually generous to you through Christ? How can you pass along what God has poured into you, into others? Spiritual generosity is a game changer!