Author Archives: Craig Groeschel

You Don’t Have to Understand God

You Don’t Have to Understand God

When we don’t understand something about God, some people are tempted to discredit him completely. My friend Andy Stanley said, “You don’t have to understand everything to believe in something.” In John 9, Jesus met a man who was born blind and forced to beg just to get by. Jesus’ disciples wanted to know whose

When You Believe in God But Won’t Forgive

When my little sister, Lisa, was born on my third birthday, my parents told me that she was my birthday present from God. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Of course we endured occasional sibling rivalries and conflicts, but she was always my baby sis, whom I loved as much as anyone else in the world.

As Long As You Both Shall Live

As I reflect over my past, my mistakes, my sins, I have to admit that I’m completely undeserving to have a good, God-honoring marriage. (Amy would tell you the same thing about herself.) Before I was a Christian, I cheated on every girlfriend I ever had — every single one. Amy is the only girl

When You Believe in God But Are Ashamed of Your Past

It’s Always the Shame As a pastor, I’ve discovered that many people are dying slowly in a secret tomb of shame. Some are ashamed of their poor financial condition, plagued with guilt about their irresponsible spending and debt. Others are ashamed about sexual sin from their past. Many carry extreme guilt with them into their

When You Believe in God But Aren’t Sure He Loves You

Several years ago, I was having lunch with a man I had just met. For some reason, he opened up to me about his struggling marriage. When I asked him how God fit into his marriage, his countenance darkened, and he cut me off: “I don’t believe in God, and I don’t want to talk

#Struggles: Our Battle with Idolatry

Idolatry is worshiping anything that ought to be used, or using anything that ought to be worshiped. ~ Augustine Years ago I was talking to a guy who was bragging about his wealth and detailing all the many ways God had blessed him. The guy had built a successful business that he was quite proud

#Struggles: Recovering Contentment

The Struggle with Comparisons All day long we are bombarded with messages that seek to persuade us of two things: that we are (or ought to be) discontented and that contentment is only one step away: “use me, buy me, eat me, wear me, try me, drive me, put me in your hair. — John

#Struggles: Our Battle with Discontentment

Read: Philippians 4:11-13 Colossians 3:15-17 1 Timothy 6:6-7 Psalms 100:1-5 Some sociologists point to technology and social media as significant factors in our constant unhappiness. We are the first people in the history of the world who can peek inside the lives of others in real time. We carry tiny media powerhouses in our pockets

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