Why don't people go to church? I did a quick google search on this topic, what I found is that one reason was in the top 1 or 2 of almost everyone's list: People are afraid of being judged by church people. Unfortunately this is a reality. The church over the years has earned this reputation … Continue reading Matters of the Heart
Have you ever thought, "God must have something more for me"? Many people that I have talked to have answered that question yes. There is a longing in their heart that there is something more significant for them to accomplish. God had something significant for the Old Testament prophet Jonah. But Jonah had a problem. … Continue reading There Has to Be Something More!
Purity is eternal. Evil is temporary. Think about that statement. Purity is eternal. God is pure, holy and eternal. Evil had a beginning. Evil began when Satan chose to rebel against God. Purity will continue forever. Evil will be separated from God for eternity. Purity was and is and will forever be. Evil began; it … Continue reading Purity Is Eternal – Evil Is Temporary
I don't know who said it, but I love this quote: "Great things never came from comfort zones!" It paints a picture of a truth, we like to ignore. When we are in our comfort zones, we are not in a place that is readily available to God. Faith is risk. We have to be … Continue reading Great Things Never Came from Comfort Zones!
One of the first teaching moments for me, after becoming a follower of Jesus, was a chapel service at Taylor University. The speaker that day was Dr. Tony Evans. I can't remember a single thing he said, but a lady sang a song that has stuck with me. In the song there was a line, … Continue reading Preparing for a Miracle
The money talk. I know it is a touchy subject for many people. However it was one of Jesus' most common topics. Paul puts it into the conversation of joy because it has such an influence on it (see Philippians 4:10-20). I want to share 7 Bible Truths About Money, then give some practical actions to … Continue reading Adopt Generosity (Secret to a Joy Filled Life, pt 8)
Here is the bad news: Relationships are messy. Last week, I was praying with a friend. As we talked about life, he shared with me about how he was once again in court with his ex-wife. We reflected on how our vow before God of "until death do us part" is something even after divorce. … Continue reading Accountable Grace (Secret to a Joy Filled Life, pt 7)
The polarization of today's American politics is a microcosm of our culture. We are becoming more and more divided. You see it expressed in an argumentative spirit, grumbling and complaining. It doesn't matter what side of the political aisle people are on. In the name of free speech there is a number of people who … Continue reading Responsive Obedience (Secret to a Joy Filled Life, pt 4)
Relationships are critical to enjoying the human experience! You have probably heard the old saying, "If momma ain't happy ain't nobody happy." It may or may not make you smile, but it speaks to truth. If our relationships are unhealthy, we are not going to experience the joy God has prepared for us. Please read … Continue reading Think Like Jesus (Secret to Joy Filled Life, pt 3)
I am a joy junky! If you could have more joy in your life would you want it? I know I would. I love life. I love the people that I live it with. And I love the people I encounter along the way. But if someone is offering more joy, count me in. How about … Continue reading The Secret of a Joy Filled Life