Rediscovering God in 2018

The New Year is here, and it’s a time when many people are making resolutions that they’ll fail to keep come the end of January. Some people succeed, but even then they find another goal to go after come the end of the year. But, for most of us, it’s a time to reflect on…

Humility Comes Before Honor

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3, ESV) What is humility? What does…

Brothers and Sisters: Dating and Ecclesiology

A Christian sister will be your sister longer than she’ll be your wife. A Christian brother will be your brother longer than he’ll be your husband. Marriage is temporary, but our identity in Christ is eternal. #Matthew22 Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers,…

Don’t Settle In Your Struggle

Every day I wake up to the startling reality that I am not perfect. Startling may not be the word those closest to me would use. Perhaps “obvious” would a better word. Either way, every day I discover anew how far I am from perfection; how far I had been off target all along. To…

Modern Dating: Messy and Heart-Exposing

Modern dating is a mess. We live in a sinful world filled with people who act out of self-interest towards one another. People have pasts they are ashamed of, and others have sins hidden beneath their appearances that they have yet to uncover. We live as people who are learning to deal with reality, and…

The Blessing of Today

I remember hearing an old lady say to a man who said that he had no time, “Well, you have got all the time there is.” I thought that was a very conclusive answer. You have had the time, and you still have all the time there is—why do you not use it? Nobody has…

A Brief Autobiography: What I Have Learned In a Year

God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart. – Charles Spurgeon Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians…

My Soul’s Compass: Four Directions, One Person

(originally posted December 17, 2013) In contemplating what goes on inside my mind from day to day, and the struggles I face, I thought I’d share with all of you my frustrations. This is all in hope that you would draw nearer to Jesus, and less to yourself each day. North: This is my direction,…

The Gospel Carries Us Back To Reality

  “When God opens our eyes (2 Cor. 4:6) and grants us the knowledge of the truth (2 Tim. 2:25), through the Scriptures (1 Sam. 3:21), we know that we have met ultimate reality. – John Piper (A Peculiar Glory, 19) What is reality? That’s a question many would feel belongs in a classroom instead…

Emotions and Reality

All of us desire transcendence: to be lifted beyond the experiences of the present and to encounter something that is indeed metaphysical. We want a love that is greater than the love we feel and see right now. We want a hope that is more than empty promises; we want something lasting. In a world…