Paul’s struggle with sin and his answer to it

St. Paul writing a letter to the Romans

The apostle Paul wrote one of the most important letters the world has ever seen – the letter to the Christians in Rome. It’s the pinnacle of his theological reflections. Over the centuries, God has used it to change millions of lives. So, it’s somewhat surprising to find a very painful and personal confession right […]

The Grief of Genesis

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4And God saw the light, and it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness

All the world marvels at the Genesis, the harmony of the Architect’s hand and the Painter’s’ skill, but people fail to see Your grief over what You would give up. When You stretched out Your hand and separated the water from land, did you see the separation of Your most beloved creation rejecting You in all […]

Victory is coming with the morning

Cross of Jesus Christ pendant - Happy Easter

The story of the week of Jesus’ death on Good Friday is the most purpose-in-the-pain filled story of all time. All in one night, we see instances of betrayal, unfaithfulness, loneliness, distrust, the marking of a reputation, and what seems to be the absence of God altogether. We see a Man who is loved and […]

When the enemy fights you with discouragement, do not worry

fighting against discouragement

Several months ago I was dealing with the crippling weight of discouragement. It came out of nowhere (and was honestly something I never thought I would battle with) and it began bleeding into everything – my work, my relationships, my self-worth, and morale. The thoughts were pretty irrational but I believed them. I ate those […]

The message of this world is that you are not happy

this world is all about us

“Here’s something I want to expose as much as I can. What you are being pelted with all day long is your own unhappiness. Did you know about that? Everybody trying to get you to buy their product is selling to you that you’re not happy. Every image you see on a magazine, every commercial, […]

I, YOUR GOD, AM DISAPPOINTED IN YOU

therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus Romans 8:1

You messed up again didn’t you? Even after you promised you wouldn’t? Even after you said this time would be different? You fell again! I’m disappointed. I am your God and I am disappointed in you. You said you’d obey me this time. You said you’d be more loving. You said you’d be stronger. You […]

My struggle with sexuality – and the power of love

Love changes everything “My earliest memories of my Christian upbringing include morning family prayers, going to church on Sundays, attending Sunday school and taking part in VBS. In all of this, however, I also recall that I felt a distinct sense of “otherness” within me. No matter how much I tried to belong, whether it was […]

When he achieved success

Hard work always pays off. If you want to achieve success, you have got to put in the effort. The young man knew it as he knelt down to pray. He had worked hard over the years, putting in the required effort, and now – success was at hand. It had been a couple of […]

Building altars in the hard times

How do you survive the desert? When you feel like God is dragging you on a wild goose chase? When the only thing getting you through each day is you telling yourself that there’s a purpose for all of it, but you still find that ‘finally’ is another step away even though you thought you could almost […]

Dealing with trolls in your life

We actually build castles all the time, out of our jobs and our families and the things we’ve purchased. Sometimes we even make them out of each other. Some of these castles are impressive too. Lots of people come to  admire what we’ve built over the course of our lives and tell us what great […]