Spiritual Growth

Seder Symbology: Discovering Christ in the Passover

I love Christmas. As a kid, it was my favorite day of the year. But as much as I love Christmas and everything it represents, I must say it’s no longer the day of the year I look forward to the most. No, my friends, that day is now the fourth Thursday in November. That’s right, as an adult, Thanksgiving has become my favorite day of the year. Why? Well, if you knew anything about me and my love for […]

By | 2018-06-20T07:58:15+00:00 April 16th, 2019|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth, Theology|

Why We Celebrate Palm Sunday

I remember the drive home from the hospital after the birth of our first child. While the drive to the hospital was obviously a significant moment, there was something much more weighty about that first drive home. On the way there, the car seat was still empty. But on the way home, little newborn Jude was there, lying in his little Marlins onesie and blanket . . . and I was very aware of it. Our Jeep had another passenger, […]

By | 2018-06-20T07:59:13+00:00 April 14th, 2019|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

Passion Isn’t the Same As Calling

How to discern what God wants for your life. – By Relevant Magazine (relevantmagazine.com)

I never cared for discernment in my early years of being a Christian. All that mattered to me was love and passion. As long as I loved God and was passionate about reaching people, I was on the right track.

However, a few years into ministry and leadership roles, I learned that passion was not enough to accomplish the things that God […]

By | 2019-01-25T08:26:29+00:00 January 28th, 2019|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

Come to the Table: The Importance of Communion

I love holidays—and yes, I view birthdays and anniversaries as holidays. They’re great, aren’t they? Who doesn’t love time off from work, festive attire, great food, and celebrating with the people we love? From Thanksgiving and Christmas to wedding anniversaries and birthdays, these days often contain some of our most vivid memories. In my house, we not only celebrate our wedding anniversary, but I also like to celebrate the anniversary of the day I met my wife—at a Macaroni Grill […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:12:32+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

The Holy Spirit: Understanding His Purpose and Work

One of the most iconic, profound, and jam-packed scenes in the Gospels has to be the Last Supper. Seriously, so much happened in this one evening it’s hard to know where to begin. A Seder dinner leading up to the Passover celebration, this seminal event in the life of Jesus and His disciples took place mere hours before His arrest, trial, and crucifixion. Here are just a few of the standout moments that took place:

Jesus washed the disciples’ feet (John […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:12:53+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Spiritual Growth, Theology|

More Than Conquerers in a World of Trouble

Whenever I want to put on a movie at home and don’t have anything new to watch, chances are I’m going to put on either a superhero flick or something from the Star Wars or Lord of the Rings sagas. Recently, I decided to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron for probably the eighth or ninth time.

In this most recent viewing, I was really struck by one line delivered towards the end of the film. Reflecting on some of the events that had just taken place, Natasha […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:13:22+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

How to NOT Handle Conflict

Did you ever watch the show What Not to Wear? It was an interesting, entertaining show where a person with bad fashion sense would be nominated by friends, co-workers, or relatives to receive a makeover. More than that, though, the goal was to teach the women how to dress well and feel confident in who they are. As part of the show’s format, the hosts would go through the participant’s wardrobe, throwing out all of the terrible, ill fitting, outdated, or […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:14:09+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Culture, Spiritual Growth, Theology|

Context is Key: God Works All for God

I recently read a devotional about a major crisis a family went through in their quest to adopt a child from China. What was the crisis? The letter sent to the Chinese adoption agency, to reassure them of the mother’s health, was misinterpreted. So instead of telling the agency that she only had a five percent chance of reoccurrence, the translators accidentally stated that she only had a five percent chance of survival. Wow!

It’s funny—and in some ways, dangerous—when things […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:14:34+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Culture, Spiritual Growth, Theology|

The Weight of Sin

Have you ever weighed food before? As a kid, I used to love going to the grocery store for—amongst a great many reasons—the thrill of putting plantains, potatoes, apples, or peaches on the scale. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I actually thought it was pretty awesome. I even made a game out of guessing how many fruits it would take to reach a certain weight.

Why am I telling you this very strange and seemingly insignificant detail of my past? […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:15:08+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

Can I Lose My Salvation?

At some point or another in our Christian walk, we’ve probably all pondered this. Usually, it comes during a season of remorse, drifting, or on the heels of prodigal living. We wonder, Can God still really love me after what I’ve done? Not after this. This is too much. I have conversed with believers who thought they had crossed a line from which there was no coming back. They truly believed God was done with them, that their eternal security was gone […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:16:04+00:00 December 23rd, 2017|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|