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Refined in the Fire

Refined in the Fire

But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. — Job 23:10 The doctor was very matter-of-fact. When he told me I had breast cancer, his inflection didn’t change, his manner didn’t warm up, and he offered nothing in the way of comfort. He left

Where is Our Fear Taking Us?

Fear Frenzy You’ve probably heard that fear of public speaking is one of the greatest fears in our society. That doesn’t come from some random backwoods survey. It actually originated with Chapman University and their now famous “Survey of American Fears,” which started in 2014. Among others that year were walking alone at night, being

Are you in a crisis? Is your health failing you? Is persecution knocking at your door? Go to the Psalms and pray them to the Lord. You can find so much comfort in the laments and prayers of our ancient brothers and sisters who cried out to God in circumstances beyond their ability to handle.

The Anatomy of a Lament

  The great 4th century Church Father, Athanasius once said: “The Psalms have a unique place in the Bible because [whereas] most of Scripture speaks to us, the Psalms speak for us.”  No truer words have been spoken. When we open up the book of Psalms, we find 150 of the most compelling, captivating, and

A Life of Compassion

A Life of Compassion

Compassion Is Not Abstract Jesus begins His story in Luke 10:30: A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Jerusalem is some 2,300 feet above sea level, and Jericho is about 800 feet below sea level.

What’s holding you back from going for your dreams? What’s keeping you from moving forward? Figure out what it is and kick it in the teeth!

Hostage Negotiation

  Figure out what’s holding you back. It was September 1973 in Stockholm, Sweden. A convicted felon left prison after serving a portion of his sentence. Think of it like probation. He was getting a second chance at life, a chance to prove he could reenter society and do it right this time. It didn’t

The Grace of Your Story

I have been incredibly privileged. I grew up a pastor’s kid at a huge church in Houston, Texas. I was raised in a Christian home by two incredibly loving parents who worked very hard to provide everything we could possibly need. I have two beautiful sisters and a big brother whom I adore. We weren’t

Conquering Anxiety in the Face of Uncertainty

Whew. We’re all certainly living in uncertain times. It feels like every time I turn on the television or scroll through my newsfeed, there is an unsettling photo of someone gravely sick or a heated political debate among friends. Seeing the constant stream of upsetting stories, unprecedented health warnings, and watching buildings destroyed in my

Are you feeling afraid? What if you could be free of fear? What if you talked back to that fear about your God? What if that fear shrank back at the tender care your God takes in every detail of your life? What if that was your story instead?

God Is My Shield

Lie: The World Is a Dangerous, Scary Place He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. — Proverbs 30:5 I asked my friend Troy which prayer he wanted God to answer above all others. He said he wanted to be free of fear. “I thought about praying for God to fix my

You Are Never Alone Week 4 — God Is with You in the Dark

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. — John 1:4-5 In the dark, you’re never really alone. ~ Max Hey, friends! Welcome to week four of the You Are Never Alone OBS! This week we will learn about the blind man that Jesus had the gall to heal sending

Don’t let self-doubt sideline you from being used by God in ways you never could have imagined! Instead of asking Why me? start asking Why not me?

So, Why Not You?

“Now go! I will help you speak, and I will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “Please, Lord, send someone else.” — Exodus 4:11-13, NCV Moses was known and protected by God even before the day his mother set her infant son adrift in a basket on the Nile River. Miriam, his sister

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