Talking to Christians about mental illness is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. Some Christians will tell you that depression and anxiety are purely spiritual battles to be heroically conquered with more faith, more Bible reading, and more time spent hunkered down in the proverbial (or literal) prayer […]
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We all get to points in life where we seem to need more of God: more guidance, more wisdom, more direction, more help. We come to these places through tragedy, pain, transitions in life, or even day-to-day life.
Sooner or later, you will be at a place when God is silent. You will be crying out for help, desperately praying for direction, and not receiving anything in return (so it seems).
First, remember that you are not a bad Christian for feeling this way. Almost everyone, e
It would be easy for me to let you get cozy with our anxiety, so let’s make a deal. I’m going to aim for the jugular, and then I’m gonna bandage it up all nice and good.
Ready? Here it goes.
God doesn’t like your anxiety, your anxiety is rooted in sin, and you’re not supposed to feel this way.
I want to make sure I’m really clear so you don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. I don’t think we can make a blanket statement that someone is sinning when they face anxiety.&nbs
When I was a young Christian, I heard a teaching about the importance and many benefits of memorizing God’s word. So I began what would turn into a lifelong practice of seeking to commit Scripture to memory. I also love music, and played in rock bands in high school and college. When Jesus saved me, I got […]
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As a pastor, you know that it’s important to be relevant to those in your church. To be “in”. Fresh. Totally rad. Cooler than Mr. T during his heyday. To know all the hottest trends and movies and music. To speak the street lingo of the people. You look around and see all these baby-faced, […]
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It’s time for another episode of “Only The Good Stuff”!
In this episode, I sit down with worship leader Aaron Keyes. We discuss: His passion for surfing Why he loves church family dinners His desire for brutal honesty (seriously) Being in seminary And a lot more…
Big thanks to my homies at Resonate Recordings for making me sound smooth and silky. If you need any audio edited, THEY ARE YOUR PEOPLE. And they’ll give you $100 off your first invoice if you tell them I sent you.
When I was young, high school and college-aged, I had big dreams of becoming a world traveler. I went to Italy when I was 16 (on a “short-term missions trip,” which never fails to give my husband a chuckle).
Afterward, I thought, This is what I want to do. I just want to find a way to go everywhere and experience everything.
This isn’t exactly an abnormal dream for a young person. In fact, it’s pretty much a cliche. But I unashamedly embodied that cliche. As the years progress
Hey everyone, over the years memorizing Scripture has brought incredible joy and blessing into my life. And I have found that setting Scripture to music makes memorizing really easy. So I would like to begin to give you a Scripture set to music every week. Some will be from my “Hide the Word” series. Some may […]
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I’ve had a few friends ask what I did to cultivate my love for writing and what I did to improve my own writing. It felt appropriate to offer my magnum opus on writing in hopes it helps some of you. These are the only six tricks I know, and if these don’t work for you then they probably aren’t working for me either.
Most of it is your typical advice, but I’ve tried to freshen it up a little bit. Writers are stale people.
If you want to become a better writer… 1.
This week I did something I haven’t done in a very long time. As in, I can’t actually remember the last time I did it, which is a bit embarrassing to admit. For one day (and not even a full day), I fasted.
Now I know that Christians aren’t supposed to talk about it when they fast. And that comes straight from Jesus. The goal is that your fasting be seen “by your Father who is in secret” and not by others. It’s like Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is you don’t talk about