Tag: Jesus

Prayer Mentoring: Speak Normal

Jesus said you are on Earth and your Father is in heaven, so let your words be few. Too often we measure a successful prayer life on length of time and not quality of what is said. Don’t be super spiritual when you pray….

Prayer Mentoring: Praying for our country

We must keep the Gospel first and the Gospel central. A significant part of that is praying for our country and it’s leaders. Too often churches get stuck on political issues and not the root of those issues- our need of a Savior. We…

Prayer Mentoring: How

Just talk to God as if He’s right there with you, because He is. Communication involves three key things: the sender, the message, and the receiver. Prayer is communicating to God. It’s that simple. God talking to us God’s communicates to us through creation…

Christianity is not a crutch, it’s a wheelchair

Christianity is about God providing what you and I are incapable of providing. A frequent statement on religion is that it’s a crutch. As Christians we forget that without Jesus showing up, a crutch will not be enough. No, Christianity is a wheelchair because…

The Gospel according to farm & sports injury

In recent news people are debating the issue of the labor department setting 85 pages of regulations to protect minors from farm injuries. In 2010 there was about 7,500 farm injuries. The thought is farm injuries are often severe and debilitating. I’m not for…

The Tyranny of God’s Blessing

God’s blessing is not fragile. Too often we view God’s blessing as some delicate mist. If we make the slightest wrong move *p o o f* it vanishes away. Preachers and churches often craft statements like If you don’t do [insert topic de jour…

Make it corny to make it stick

I remember early on in teaching a key aspect of the art: When you make something corny it sticks longer. Corny is what it is. But, it’s not all bad. Think of it this way. If you want someone to remember something, to have…

On Humility: My guide to become a recovering fundamentalist Part 3

“You should read my book, ‘Humility and how I achieved it.’” ~Unknown “Every side has it’s ‘fundamentalists’.” ~Joe M. Admit it You’re arrogant. We all struggle with pride. Arrogance isn’t exclusive to any movement. This is why it’s best to deal with heart issues;…

An important reminder…

It’s the Gospel plus nothing equals salvation & sanctification. There is nothing you can do to earn a relationship with God. There is nothing you can do to earn more love from God. God already proved He loves you unconditionally. In Christ, He sees…

25 years ago I imagined…

…Doing what I’m doing today. 25 years ago I knew I needed Jesus. That is the essential element to Christianity. Jesus did what we could not do, and He gave us what we did not deserve. That’s grace. That’s mercy. When I accepted Jesus…

The Gospel According to Snow

We are fallen Exodus 4:6 The LORD furthermore said to him, “Now put your hand into your bosom.” So he put his hand into his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow. Job 9:29-35 “I am accounted…

Christmas Wars: Humility strikes not

Christmas Wars started with Christmas. Seriously, it won’t go away. I’m often perplexed at the media and cultural storm that now boils up around this time of year. So, here are my two cents. Really, it’s one concept: Humility. God could have, but didn’t……