Boxing is a pretty violent sport. But like any sport, there is equipment, a regulating authority, and rules that keep the game as fair and safe as it can be given the object of the game: to hit without getting hit. Of course in most boxing matches, both sides take a pretty good beating. Each… Continue reading 5 Lessons About Spiritual Warfare from Boxing
Fire is fire, right? Apparently not when it comes to the fire in the temple of God. The story of Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10 might seem remote to us, but we have more in common with them than you might think. Like today’s Christians, God knew them by name, called them… Continue reading Are You Offering “Strange Fire” to the Lord?
Sometimes God shows up in the most unexpected places. He puts out His hand, and there is no mistaking that He has once again intervened on your behalf. That happened to me this past weekend when I left an evening bridal shower and found myself in a dark parking lot. Later, when the realization of… Continue reading God Is Faithful in the Little Things & the Big Things
The enemy is a master at taking good things and perverting them into something harmful. He can turn obedience into legalism and the blood of Jesus into greasy grace if we listen to his lies. This week, God showed me a lie that I had swallowed whole. As these things do, it came from a… Continue reading Is it Examining Yourself or Morbid Introspection?
As Christians, we all have jobs to do for the Lord. Sometimes we do well and rock the assignment so much that we give glory to God for His grace. (Because we know there was no way we could have done that well by ourselves.) But sometimes, we miss God and end up kicking ourselves… Continue reading The Truth About Christian Victories and Defeats
As Christians, we go through seasons. Sometimes we are in a season of peace, and our lives can roll with very little friction. Other times the battle gets hot, and the hits start coming one after another. Whether it’s conflict on the job, issues with health, problems at home, concern about the news, or just… Continue reading 3 Lessons from a Prayer That Changed Everything
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gave us the Great Commission. It’s a call for every Christian to tell others about the salvation that can only be found in Christ. For many Christians, talking to people about Jesus can be a definite step outside the comfort zone. We feel inadequate or even afraid to push others away… Continue reading 70 Ideas to Spread the Gospel with Food
Pain is universal. Whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, every person on earth experiences pain. We just can’t get away from it in our fallen world. As Christians, it can be difficult to reconcile the existence of our pain with the expectation of our behavior. Even when we are suffering, we still have a… Continue reading Suffering As a Christian: 3 Things We Can Do
God Trains Our Hands for War As Christians, we know we’re in a war. Sometimes, though, it can seem like the battle is between us and the clock. We’re busy. We’re tired, and it feels like we just don’t have enough time or energy to get things done in a day -- much less in… Continue reading God Trains Our Hands for War
The heart is the innermost part of a person. It’s who we are in the dark when no one is watching. It beats with a pulse of the thoughts, feelings, and purpose that course through the veins of our lives. It’s the background rhythm of our subconscious, and it is ever speaking to God since… Continue reading 3 Steps to Make Melody in Your Heart to the Lord