New Beginnings and Embracing Christ’s Grace: A Resolution Worth Keeping

New Beginnings and Embracing Christ's Grace

Welcoming the New Year: A Time for Second Chances New beginnings, second chances, mulligans…. That’s what we envision each new year granting us. It’s an opportunity for things to go better for us. Or, probably more often, it’s an opportunity for us to do something better. Creating a new good habit, breaking a bad one, […]

The significance of Christ’s coming and Christmas celebration

Significance of Christ's Coming and Christmas Celebration

Why I didn’t write about Advent, I don’t know. There is so much significance to it. It is a time of looking forward to both the resurrection and birth of Christ. Because of this, it is a perfect time to be aware of our need for Christ. He wasn’t sent for no reason. He didn’t […]

God’s House and Spiritual Inclusion in Christianity

God's House and Spiritual Inclusion in Scripture

The Middle East Conflict: Israel’s Claim and the Al-Aqsa Mosque As war goes on in the Middle East, Israel’s claim to the land is a point of discussion for many. And yet, as they claim the land, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is built where the Temple belongs. Why does this matter? Understanding God’s Holy House Well, […]

God’s Unwavering Love and our Security in His Hands

God's Unwavering Love and Our Security in His Hands

The Timeless Themes of the Bible I love the continuity of the Bible. There are so many themes that run through it across several thousand years. Of course, the primary themes all deal with His love for us. Once we can accept the concept that He does indeed love us more than we can ever […]

The Timeless Truths Bible

Once again, I have enjoyed the honor of receiving an advance copy of a Bible as a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. They requested only that I write an honest review of the Bible after receiving it. And once again, I have only good things to say about this Bible. It is the […]

The Word: How It Enriches My Life

The Word: How It Enriches My Life and Ministry

The Paint Project I missed posting and sending out my newsletter last week as I recruited family members to put a very much needed coat of paint on my house. It took the better part of the week and left me exhausted on a daily basis. To be honest, I’m still recovering and putting off […]

The Evangelical Study Bible

As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid, I received an advance review copy of the Evangelical Study Bible with the request that I give it an honest review. Although the New King James Version is not my favorite translation, there is so much to this Bible that I can easily overlook that fact. […]

Finding Hope in Struggles: Enduring Challenges and Embracing Faith

Finding Hope in Struggles

Finding Hope in the Midst of Struggles In the mid-1990s, my wife and I were struggling. I would go in the bathroom and crank the song “No Doubt” by Petra over and over with the shower running so my wife didn’t hear me in there sobbing. It says, “This test of your faith will last […]

Faith, Mental Health, and Rejoicing: Finding Peace in God’s Presence

Faith, Mental Health, and Rejoicing: Finding Peace in God's Presence

How Faith and Mental Health Intersect How do our faith and mental health relate? This is a critical question. As a counselor, I see two base groups that consistently fight the idea of counseling more than any other. These are men and Christians. Our culture tells men that they are to be stoic and strong. […]