Dying for Happy Everafter

Every story we read, watch, or share online draws us in if it has the ultimate resolution, happiness. Not many of us are fans of movies that end in shocking tragedy. I can think of a few that left me disgusted with an unhappy ending. I bet you can too. But what about the greatest […]

The Paradox of Kingdom Happiness

If you listened to many secular voices, there is no happiness to be found in faith. Faith in God becomes one more religious system that is archaic, oppressive, and delusional. It’s an old way of thinking that doesn’t work any more. This is the classic Marxist idea that religion is an opiate for the masses; […]

Is God Happy?

Everyone has there own idea of who God is. Many imagine God as the ultimate disciplinarian, wrathful and judgmental, regularly. Others imagine God as solemn, holy, meek and even quiet. But what is God really like? We have been taking a look at happiness over the past several weeks. Is God happy? First, God is […]

God’s Instructions are for Our Happiness

Last time we dove into the topic of happiness by exploring God’s design for our desire to be happy. We learned that God created us to be happy in Him and that sin has caused significant heart problems in us. For many, it is comforting to learn that God desires us to be happy. Today […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Happiness

How happy are you? It’s a question we are often asking ourselves more than someone is asking us. In fact, I would venture to say we ask ourselves this often, daily perhaps, and someone else might ask us this once a year…or maybe decade. This week we begin a 6 part series exploring happiness. Today […]

How Can I Have Confidence Without Being Prideful?

Every day in my work I try to help people with some of the deepest issues of the heart. As I have this privilege, I am often fascinated about how others are navigating life. I know that deep down we are all craving, missing, desiring the love and affirmation of God. However, each day as […]

Ten Ways to Deal with Fear and Anxiety

Anxiety levels are through the roof these days. There are many things that have concerned us over the past few years. It seems that more and more things keeps coming. How are we supposed to deal with all the uncertainty in our lives. Yesterday was Covid. Today their talking about WWIII! Well there is good […]

Hope in the Glory of God

In Romans 5:2 Paul teaches that as followers of Christ we are to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  How are we to understand this command?  Let’s take a closer look to dig into what Paul is saying in this passage. Romans 5:1–2 (NKJV)  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have […]

Here Comes the Son

There seems to me to be a cumulative anxiety across the world. Yes, of course it begins with us and the daily stresses of life and our own weaknesses and limitations. But its also bigger than that. The world doesn’t seem the same. At least for those old enough to have lived through several decades, […]

He is still risen!

Easter has come and gone and yet I find myself one week after Good Friday, still remembering what Jesus has done for me. This should be the pattern of every Christian day, shouldn’t it? Trusting in God’s sovereign plan and victory over every enemy so that nothing can separate us from His love and prepared […]

Mountains of Glory

Recently, I had a chance to visit the Blue Ridge mountains in North Carolina. It was an amazing experience to see the vistas of layers of mountains that slowed faded from green to blue. I found myself thinking about the grandeur of this particular spot, but I was even more amazed when I stopped to […]

A Most Unusual Letter

What if upon your usual trip to the mailbox today you find an incredibly unusual letter? It says its from a sender named Yahweh who goes by “Jesus.” In this letter, the only one in the world like it, Jesus explains who He is, the very Architect, Creator, and Master of all creation. In your […]

Minor Prophets Study Guide

If you are interested in learning more about the Minor Prophets, but have never taken the plunge, here is a helpful tool to walk through them in a survey study. Read the books before each section in the study guide and dive deeper as the Lord leads you with the help of a good study […]

Trusting God’s Sovereignty Changes Everything

Luke 8:24–25 (ESV) 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then […]

Be A Christian Leader, Encourage.

Barnabas – Mentor Leader How significant is the gift of encouragement?  If you take a look at Barnabas in Acts you will discover the answer may be more significant than you imagined.  Encouraging others should be the goal of every Christian.  We are all leaders in life; whether at home, or in our work place, […]

Follow Him

Christians are familiar with Matthew 22:37, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” According to Christ, this is the greatest commandment. This Scripture is extremely important in our relationship with God because if we are not following this commandment we have let […]

Revive Your Soul

Many people today own Bibles, know some Scripture, and even attend church regularly but they rarely spend time in God’s Word. It is alarming how many of us can name movies, athletes, and other pop culture trivia but yet don’t know much about God’s special revelation to man. What we need to learn is dependence […]

The Will of God

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The choices seem endless. We wake up every day facing millions of options and hardly aware of how many decisions we actually make. Take the cereal aisle for example. Hundreds of […]

The Existence of God

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15 How often in an average day are we subjected to scientific theories that contradict […]

The Boldness of a Lion

“The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 How often are we as Christians bold in our faith and testimony of Christ? What about that unique opportunity to tell someone who doesn’t know the Lord about the truth and grace available in Him? How many times […]

Taming the Tongue

“Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to […]

Light of the World

   What a beautiful stained-glass window!  I took this picture while serving on tour with the Air Force over summer of 2010.  We visited Charleston Air Force Base and then a large group of chaplains took a tour of this historic church.  The light shining through the windows of this church is incredible.  The second “I am” (εγω […]

Bread of Life

   In the Gospel of John we find seven “I am” statements in which Jesus describes Himself.  Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)  As I was at the N.C. state fair […]

Nuclear Fusion… meet Gravity

Sunset on the Caribbean God’s creation is breath-taking!  Yet, despite its amazing beauty and the information we have learned from science we don’t appreciate the complexity of God’s handiwork.  Psalms 19:1, states that the heavens declare the glory of God and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.  The sun is one example.  Look […]

Pastor’s Conference: Montrouis, Haiti

Found in Translation   What a blessing it was to be with these Haitian pastors in Montrouis.   It was awesome to hear 2 Timothy 1-3 in Haitian Creole!  However, it wasn’t because of my linguistic skills.   The young lady to my left was an excellent translator and we taught God’s Word together!   It’s remarkable […]

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