Have you ever caught yourself day dreaming and looking aimlessly into the distance? If so, you know how startling it can be when someone unexpectedly approaches you and says, “What are you looking at?” In an instance, you are shaken from your prior thoughts and brought into a different realm.
God uses all kinds crazy circumstances to expand His Kingdom and bring revival to dead nations. Did you know that 2 of the biggest revivals in the last 500 years were caused by malaria? Did you know that God used Watergate to bring revival to New York City? (Catch the whole story here)
One of the Bible’s more famous verses is 1 John 1:9. It says, “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I memorized that verse when I was a little kid, but it wasn’t until recently that I actually paid close attention to the words.
When I read that verse, my mind said something like, “if we confess our sins, he is faithful, loving, gracious, and merciful to forgive us our sins …” But that’s not what the verse says! It says that He is “faithful and JUST to forgive us our sins.”
Does your life feel like it has been shipwrecked? How are Christians to respond when faced with intense suffering? A brief look at Paul’s experience on the island of Malta can provide guidance on how to handle suffering.
Humans long for significance. The chaos of life often serves as white noise that keeps us from acknowledging this longing. Even so, we intuitively desire a meaningful life.
For over a year, Bank of America has been heavily promoting their slogan, “Life’s Better When We’re Connected.” Each commercial in this series emphasizes how spending less time on banking allows you to be connected in other areas of life that are presumably more important.
I love reading. I believe carefully choosing the books I read, and studying as I read enables me to be mentored by men and women I have never met.
Last weekend I had the privilege of participating in the wedding of a dear friend, Josh Tingler. Josh and I were in the same dorm at BBC; he has been and continues to be one of my closest friends from the BBC season of my life.