When the Father Invites You Into Sonship

May 2nd, 2024.

Years ago, sitting at a small Bible study with a group of four other men, an older pastor joined us. As young husbands and fathers, he mentored us on the road ahead for us. There would be valley moments and times when we would stand at the top of the mountain. The path we were on would come with many ups and downs. Years later, I can tell you that what he foreshadowed for us was accurate and true.

Resurrection: Celebrating Easter Every Day

April 2nd, 2024.

As with almost every holiday we celebrate, there is a build-up of anticipation. Eventually, the holiday arrives – and the day after, we move on with life, focused on the next big thing.

Easter is no exception.

Here's the problem with that… When we celebrate Easter, we are celebrating the greatest sacrifice ever made. Throughout the day and the week prior, we're focused on how that sacrifice impacts our eternal life. We set our eyes on a father who sacrificed his son – and a son who sacrificed his life – all to save us from our sins.

Who Are You Battling Alongside?

March 5th, 2024.

"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes."

  • Ephesians 6:11

I've written about this topic extensively in the book WAR: A Tactical Guide for Christian Men. Christian men today are in an active battle and fall into three groups. The first group has no idea they're even in a battle. The next group understands that they're in a battle but haven't been trained to fight, so they're taking casualties personally and within their families. The final group sees the battle and is actively fighting back.

Our Call to Encourage One Another

February 2nd, 2024.

“I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.”

  • Romans 1:11-13

 

Slowing Down to Greet Our Savior

December 6th, 2023

It’s that time of year. On the one hand, we’re focused on the season’s school concerts, holiday shopping, the parties and festivities that come in December, and time with friends and family. At the same time, we’re focused on ending the year strong in our businesses, a last push to hit our numbers for the quarter, pleasing customers, and leading our teams.

 

Reading that paragraph above, your blood pressure may have risen slightly. You may have also noticed that “Christmas” wasn’t used once.

 

Love God Not the World

October 6th, 2023

I recently led a devotional time for a group based on a chapter from the book Choosing a Life That Matters by Dennis Rainey. Specifically, I was sharing the book's third chapter, which focuses on loving God, not the world.

 

In this chapter, Rainey addresses the idea that God and the world are competing for our affection… and one is winning. How do we know which one it is? We look for the evidence. Rainey helps us think about this by providing a list of things we do if we love someone.

 

If we love a person, we like to think about them.

What's God Telling You To Do?

August 1st, 2023.

What's God Telling You To Do?

 

Often in life, we find ourselves asking God what He wants from us. What do you want me to do? How should I react in this situation? Where should I set down this fear and anxiety?

 

Life would be easier if there were billboards along the side of the road with personalized messages for us, answering all of these questions. The bad news is that's not how our walk with God works. The good news is that God has other ways of communicating with us, one of the primary ways being His word.

 

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