Faith Posts

Storybook [Poem]

Storybook [Poem]

You were an outsider to me,
one whom I did not know.
Only a man capable of good works,
an excellent teacher.

Wrestling with the 3 A’s: Anxiety, Approval, Abandonment

Wrestling with the 3 A’s: Anxiety, Approval, Abandonment

No matter who you are, I’m willing to bet you struggle with what I call “three A’s.”

Just when you think you’ve got life figured out, or you got today’s check list done, sneaky Satan will up the ante by suggesting to you that perhaps you need to worry and be anxious, or that you should look to others for approval, or that the people you care most about have really abandoned you emotionally.

Waiting Faithfully [Poem]

Waiting Faithfully [Poem]

It’s no small task to wait faithfully (and patiently) for God’s timing in your life; when to get married, when to start a new career, when to buy a house, when to move, when to give up, when to say ‘no,’ when to start over–the list is perpetually long, and most of us wrestle with our confidence in the Lord’s timing and our understand of it at one point or another.

Impossible Christmas Joy

Impossible Christmas Joy

Christmas is a complicated season. At the surface, the media sends us the message that it is the “most wonderful time of year” filled with candy canes, happy smiling children, blissful mall shopping, and of course, argument-free family gatherings and copious amounts of leisure time. It’s tough to stomach this rosy view of the holiday season in light of how it makes many of us feel.

This time of year brings with it a mountain of additional stress no matter who you are, but especially for ministry leaders.

Top 15 Thanksgiving Bible Verses

Top 15 Thanksgiving Bible Verses

As is custom on Thanksgiving Day, giving thanks for all we have can be easy or hard depending on what’s going on in our lives. If things are tough, it’s often hard to give God our thanks; when things are going well, sometimes we forget to thank God too. We praise God first because he loved us and sent his only son to die for us on the cross (John 3:16), everything else should be gravy.