There's an amazing verse in 1 Peter that we've quoted as a power verse for many centuries. It's in chapter 2, verse 9. Here's what it says: But you are a chosen race, a royal [...]
I came across this powerful passage when preparing for a message on prayer. It is in Revelation 5 verses 1-14. Follow along for a second… Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the [...]
In nearly 20 years of ministry I have heard people talk about needing to clean up before they came to Jesus. They say, “Well I know I need to be in church but I gotta [...]
I have this new puppy named Bree. She is a British lab and I gotta tell ya, she’s awesome. My only issues with her right now are that she chews up everything in sight (which [...]
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you feel like an issue in your life is never going to be fixed? Maybe you have struggled for years and years with a sin. Maybe [...]
A couple years back, I was going through a season in my life where God was really having me deal with issues I had carried it for decades. I don't know if you have ever [...]
When God calls you, don't protest because of your inadequacies. God will work them out.
Our words have the power to impact the soil of people around us. With a single word we can either inject nutrients, or herbicide.
God's ability to fix your flaw is contingent upon your willingness to give it to him.
When we are relational, it shows that people matter to us. And when we are fulfilling our purpose, it shows that God’s Kingdom matters to us.
Jesus died for us. He lived for us too.
When God looks at you he sees something that is valuable enough to trade his own son’s life for yours.
Be encouraged when God has you dealing with issues inside. Jesus is just going room to room.
Sometimes you have to remind your flesh of how good God is.
Have you ever been hesitant to pray because you don't feel like you deserve God's help in that moment? It is a moment where you are in a bind and you need God to come [...]
How would your life change if instead of flirting with God, you actually went all in, fully committed in a relationship with him? "All in" is a part of Christianity that people don't really like [...]
I've been in Belize for one day now. Belize is a new country, only gaining independence in 1981, and it is considered a third world country. A drive around will show you houses that are [...]
Some of you may know that my first gig in ministry was as a worship leader. It was such an exciting time in my life! I was enjoying worship while working on a four track [...]
What a crazy world we live in right now. Over the course of the last week, violence has, yet again, erupted in our nation. Dallas experienced the largest loss of police life since 9/11. We [...]
Let me tell you two quick things about accountability. First, accountability is not something that is optional. You need it. I mean, God himself said that is not good for man to be [...]
Well you say what about John 10:10, the thief comes to kill steal and destroy? That’s fair enough, but what if he uses complacency in your walk to kill your passion, or steal [...]
Have you ever been in a situation where someone makes you so angry you could punch them? I am sure we all have. Hopefully you haven't acted on that emotion! We all have emotions. The [...]
Sometimes Monique and I will look at our kids and debate which actions/faces/behaviors come from which side. Any cute faces, sweet dispositions, or general happiness, is from me of course! It is natural to want our [...]
What do you do the moment temptation to look at porn hits you? This is a very important question because the answer to this question typically determines the outcome on whether or not you fall [...]
I came across an interesting gallery at CBS.com the other day and thought I would share it. However, since it was a gallery, it was cumbersome to get through. So I have put the content [...]
How's your prayer life? Is it hard? Do you find you have no time to pray? Perhaps you have the time, but do you have no clue what to say? Perhaps you would like to [...]
I have recently been very disheartened by some things I see in the body of Christ, and even ideologies and beliefs that are coming from Christians, even those in full time ministry. I have seen [...]
As someone who loves new apps, I am always watching the market to see what new ones are out there, and since I work with students on a weekly basis, I also like to discover apps [...]
I've heard pastors say over the years that worship is really worth-ship, the act of assigning worth to a person or object. When we worship God, or anything really, we assign a level of worthiness [...]
The state of colleges and universities today is pretty grim. Picketing. Disturbances. Violent confrontations. I remember when the clash of ideologies was in the classroom and everyone left having learned something. Some of the problem [...]
One night this week, I was in a time with God where we were simply conversing back and forth, and he asked me a series of four questions that really got me. He said, "Did [...]
Monitoring your inputs is a huge part of being set free from sexual addiction. Truth is, we live in an overly sexualized world, so sexual, in fact, that you literally cannot turn on the television [...]
How do we respond to the attacks we have seen in Paris? Or Lebanon? Israel? Nigeria? Seemingly all over the place. Radical Islam has brainwashed humans into doing very non-human things. It is beyond me how [...]
I have seen so much stuff lately online, from moral debates to politics to gay choir directors and Hillsong to the Supreme Court ruling on marriage. With everything we see going on in the world around [...]
This will most likely be my shortest post ever, mainly because there's not much to be said about this phenomenon of 50 Shades of Gray. The way I feel about it, and the way I believe [...]
I’ve seen a lot of posts lately about why people are leaving the church. Everyone seems to have suggestions as to why, and many of them I have read have been pretty good. I do [...]
For a while we have seen a trend with adults that is pretty disturbing. We see it with my generation (GenX) and the GenY or Millenial generation. It is even pretty evident in the Baby Boomer population [...]
I've been in ministry now for over 15 years and the majority of that has been in youth ministry. You'll see a lot of trends come and go over 15 years, especially with teenagers. Each [...]
So after reading the first part of this story, I want to share a few things that have happened that both made me see God is working things out in me, but also how he [...]
There are times in our lives when we enter into moments of supernatural clarity where God lets us see what we either never could see, or never wanted to recognize. At this point, you have [...]
My wife and I took our almost three year old daughter to the splash pad today. The kid had a blast. But while we were there, we noticed a boy, maybe 3 or 4 years [...]
>Since I've been a parent for a few years now, with another one on the way, I've realized a few things that have really changed my life. Maybe they have for you too. Here's just [...]
I don't know why but I like watching certain reality shows. One, for instance, is Gold Rush. I think most men love the idea of heading to Alaska to dig gold out of the ground. [...]
To be honest, I had no clue who Russell Wilson was until halfway through the 2013 NFL season. I watch football, but don’t follow it like I do baseball. I tend to follow players in [...]
Over the last year or so there has been a real surge in encouraging church memes. You know the ones: those photos that appear in your stream on social networks like Facebook that have the [...]
Wouldn't it be great if there were a TV show that document people confronting their family and friends with issues they believe are detrimental to their future? A TV show like that would provide several [...]
This past Wednesday after youth was over and the mission trip meeting was done and I had closed up our youth building to head home, I sent a text to Monique to see if she [...]
What kind of view do you have of God? I think that is a conditional question; the condition being what terms you are on with God at the moment. Here's what I mean: When you [...]
Over the past few days I've seen a blog getting passed around Facebook titled "5 Things Christians Should Stop Saying." While I think the author means well, I feel his interpretation of these 5 things [...]
We are getting to that time of year where everybody begins to think about what their resolutions are going to be for the new year. They always tend to revolve around losing weight, quitting a [...]
In 1998, I was a fresjman at Lamar University in Beaumont, Tx, and one night, laying in bed, trying to go to sleep, I had a thought that turned into the post you read today. [...]
Monique and I were talking about how busy Christmas is the other day. Both of our families live in Southeast Texas, so each year, we travel to Jasper to have Christmas with my family on [...]
Over the past few days, the ruckus in the media about Phil Robertson has really gotten me thinking. I have listened to interviews on a variety of networks, from conservative to liberal, and read tons [...]
Recently, Duck Dynasty patriarch, Phil Robertson, got himself into what the media is calling “hot water” over remarks he made when asked about homosexuality in an interview with GQ. Here’s what he said: “It seems [...]
If there is one action that is the most important thing you ever do, it is accepting Jesus Christ as your savior. The truth is, that is where life begins. And once you begin that [...]
Have you ever seen one of those old westerns? You know the ones. It's high noon. It's a standoff. There are three or four people, hands on guns, ready to throw down. Rather than the [...]
Do you know that old saying, "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it?" I've heard it a lot. I would like to add a version of that, be careful what you [...]