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Live It Out

We live in a world where some people believe there is objective truth, others adhere to truth being subjective, and others still see truth as something that can never be truly known. The Bible is very clear on who is truth (John 14:6), what is truth (John 17:17), and how we are to share truth with others (Ephesians 4:25, 1 John 3:18). In our world today, there is so much confusion about what…

Marriage Takes Work

There have been times in my marriage where I have been disappointed and frustrated with my spouse. Usually I did not share much of my frustration with her, but it came out in my behavior, e.g. less intimacy, complaining. My wife has been disappointed with me many times also, when I did not stick to promises I made, or did not spend time listening to her feelings. She has tried to address her…

Let's Pursue It!

Many of us are busy running around trying to do a number of things at the same time. We try to multitask (although women seem to be much better at doing it). We fulfill our various duties and responsibilities as men: fathers, husbands, boyfriends, friends, breadwinners/providers, etc. Many of us also keep up with our LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook accounts and work hard on keeping our…

God Redeems Flaws

“Chris, sometimes it is better to be kind than it is to be right.”

When one of my spiritual mentors spoke these words to me one day, they hit me like a ton of bricks. He wasn’t sharing these words with me as a memorable quip or a leadership lesson to reflect on later. He was pinpointing an area of my life which required growth because he had observed a behavior in me that needed…

We Before Me

We live in a time where “me” often comes before “we”. I have learned that when I look at people with a “me” perspective, my relationships with them are often shallow and short-term. However, when I look at relationships with a “we” perspective, then I find myself developing the kind of friendships and close-knit relationships that have deep roots that can weather the strongest of storms and the…

We're All Busy

Have you ever looked at your calendar and seen so many commitments, appointments, and opportunities scheduled that you begin to feel overwhelmed? Maybe you feel like last week was like that, or the last few months, or perhaps even longer than that. I believe that it is during such busy seasons that we all need to remind ourselves to make spiritual nourishment a priority.

When we put off…

Don't Give Up!

“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.” 
Deuteronomy 4:29

There have been times in my life when I was not seeking God with all of my heart, but only partially, or out of duty. Those were not the most exciting times of fellowship with God. The relationship was distant as I hardly engaged in…

Overcoming Shame

So let’s do it - full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big day approaching.
Hebrews 10:22-25 (The Message)

The Light

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” - Isaiah 9:2

The Christmas season has come and gone again, just as it does year after year. As always, it's a great reminder for us that we are not able to save ourselves, and that we need a Savior who can help us walk more and more into the light.

When…

A Dangerous Disconnect

Many of us would probably admit to being addicted to our phones and understand the need to disconnect from time to time. As I get older, I am learning of the necessity to periodically disconnect from such things as social media, internet access, work, etc., so as to get a chance to rest, recharge and refresh myself. When we see the word "disconnect" within this context, we can all agree that it…