God Is in the Lemonade Business

As we’re walking in faith with God all of us will face the time that will challenge our faith and threaten to derail it altogether, and that’s when we have faith that God will bring something good or prevent something bad and He does not. The cancer that you asked to be healed and knew…

When You Don’t Know the HOW, Trust the WHO

Over the next few days I want to break down how I approach walking by faith as a child of God into some little bite-sized chunks. The first chunk is “when you don’t know the HOW, trust the WHO. Every day we face challenges and decisions that are beyond the ability of our minds to come up…

We’re Here to Love People, not Please People

I had a great comment on Facebook yesterday asking about the problem of people pleasing. If you have trouble pleasing everyone in your life, let me start by letting you ponder this: not everyone feels this way. There are truly loving and kind people who do not feel bad when they can’t please everyone. So, when you…

Remember That They’re Human Too

I want you to realize that today you will encounter someone who will be rude or inconsiderate to you. Maybe someone who will treat you unfairly, become angry or frustrated with you, possibly even hurt you. I guarantee it. But I also want you to realize that you will encounter someone today that was abused…

Build the Kingdom of God

One of Jesus’ favorite topics to talk about was the Kingdom of God.  He spoke about it in all four Gospels dozens of times. Many of His parables were specifically designed to explain what he meant by the Kingdom of God, and the Gospel writers repeatedly described his and their ministry as “bringing the good…

The Obstacle Is Meant to Be There

There are many ways we commonly look at obstacles in our lives– sometimes with fear, or with anger, or with frustration, or overwhelm, or resignation, or sometimes even guilt or depression. But there’s one way, perhaps the best way, to view an obstacle that doesn’t usually occur to us at all: that the obstacle is…

One Small Change

A few weeks ago I started eating an orange for breakfast. It was one small change in my life for the better. It’s really easy to do— it only requires a few minutes of my time, and I’ve actually grown to enjoy my little daily ritual of peeling the orange and eating it one slice…

What Are You Holding On To?

I want to talk today about the things we hold on to, and I want to start out, strangely enough, by telling you the story of the most famous snow globe in all of movie history.  This is the snow globe from the 1941 movie Citizen Kane, which many people have never seen but is…

Within Without Beside

Today I want us to think about three ways that God relates to us, both theologically and “in real life.”  I know, that makes theology seem separate from real life, which it shouldn’t be, but let’s face it, it’s sometimes hard to see the connection between the struggles and joys of this human life and…

I’m Especially Fond of You

I went last night to see the movie The Shack, based upon the book of the same title. It is a beautiful picture of God’s love and I recommend both the movie and the book. In it a man who is struggling with deep depression and guilt meets God. And even in the mess of…

Imagine Getting a Hug From God

I want you to right now close your eyes and imagine getting the best hug in the world from the person who loves you the most, whether that is a parent or a friend or a sibling or a spouse. Feel that warm beautiful feeling just thinking about it? That’s the power of a hug….

Nothing Can Block God’s Plan For Me

Discouragement:  being deprived of courage, hope, or confidence; being disheartened and dispirited Discouragement: it’s a feeling we all have to deal with, often every day. We see the future, we see a vision of who we would like to become, what we would like to achieve. But inevitably, we face problems and obstacles, some of them small and merely…