Category Archives: Faith

The Path of Faith Requires This…

I had a dream Sunday night. It was exactly what I needed to understand. Not what I needed to know…what I needed to understand.

In my dream I was at my house with my family. There was a cat walking around. After a while the cat was bigger. Then it was bigger. All of a sudden it was a full size tiger walking around my house.

I was seized with fear. My family was in danger. I was in danger. Something had to be done.

I did the one thing I knew to do, I went to a gun safe and started doing the combination. I tried and tried and tried but the combination I knew wouldn’t open it.

Then I woke up.

I woke up to a day that had a meeting that would change my perspective on prayer, leadership and most importantly faith and decision making. I won’t get into all of that now but here is what was going on.

God was telling me that I was leaning into my own strength instead of Him and that it doesn’t work. The consequences can be huge. I was trying all the combinations I knew but nothing worked. This is how I have been operating for some time – doing things my way. Operating outside of faith rather than inside faith. I am speaking rather generally here but you get the idea.

There are things we are going to encounter – situations, people, decisions where we MUST rely on God 100% if we are going to make it through. We can try all the things we know but they aren’t going to work. They won’t be effective. We will only be effective when we turn to God.

How do you operate out of your own strength rather than trust God?

Faith or Fault?

Mark 2 is full of people who found faith and people who found fault. Read all four stories in the chapter and you will see it in each one. We get to choose which one we are going to be. If you choose to live in fear you choose to be the critic. If youContinue Reading

Do the Next Right Thing

Somethings things get complicated. It gets hard to make what seems to be the best decision. If you do this, someone gets hurt. If you do something else, someone else might get upset. It can drive you crazy trying to figure out what to do. Missy and I have this saying that we will oftenContinue Reading

Faith

In Hebrew the word is אֵֶמוּנָה and in Greek it is πιστις. We are talking about faith and if you can’t read either of those two words, it doesn’t mean you don’t have faith. You don’t have to be a Hebrew or Greek scholar to have faith. You don’t have to understand all the mysteriesContinue Reading

The Resurrection of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac

God telling Abraham to sacrifice Isaac is a tough story. It brings up a lot of questions about God and a lot of questions about Abraham. We don’t get all of the answers but one of the answers we do get is found in Hebrews 11:17-19 in regard to what was going through Abraham’s mindContinue Reading

Resources for Understanding Culture & Apologetics

I am working on a class that will help people understand culture, worldview and to understand how Christianity differs from the other major world religions. I have compiled some resources and thought the list might be helpful to others. Ministry in post-modern culture: Emerging Church by Dan Kimball Center Church by Tim Keller Deep &Continue Reading

Jewish Festivals, the Seasons and Telling Our Story

We live in a time where technology helps even out the seasons. We can stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We can get bananas just about any time of the year whether they are in season or not. If they aren’t in season here they ship them from another area ofContinue Reading

The Appeal of Living in the Known

Living in the “known” has a lot of comfort and appeal but doesn’t always stretch our faith to the degree to which God calls. There is a big difference between only making decision when we think we are assured of success and living by faith and embracing what is unknown to us but known toContinue Reading

May Guest Post Series: Women of Faith

In the month of May we are going to highlight some of the ladies out there for their perspective on faith, following Jesus and more. I am really looking forward to this for a few reasons. First, I am really appreciative that they are willing to contribute to this and I look forward to readingContinue Reading

The Joy of Kids

Yesterday Jonah told me he wanted to be a pirate. He brought his red cape to me and asked if I would tie it around his head. He then made a makeshift sword and started saying “Arrrrr…” Then Elijah got in on the act. He put on a Santa Claus hat and told me heContinue Reading

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