Our thoughts are incredibly powerful. They direct how we feel. They lead what we say. They influence what we do. Unfortunately, our thoughts are not always true. As we learn to recognize, evaluate, and change our thought life, this has a big influence on problems like anxiety, fear, suicidality, anger, or depression. And it helps … Continue reading Practical strategies to “take every thought captive to Christ”
I am confident that you want to celebrate next New Years - January 2020 - with memories of happiness, peace, comfort, and an overall fun 2019. Of course you do. We all do! I certainly want to enjoy a wonderful 2019. But how do we ensure that happens? How do we set goals, create rhythms, … Continue reading Are you ready for a spectacular 2019?
We all worship something. Worship is simply our investment of emotion, time, energy, and value into something or someone. We respond to something in front of us by assigning value in our hearts and living that out. “Worship” is inherently spiritual, but we certainly can worship things apart from God. It may be money, power, … Continue reading The Power of Right Worship
“Why do you complain, O Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God’?” (40:27) Haven’t we all felt like this before? We complain and bemoan the situations that God allows us to experience. We think ourselves forgotten, abandoned, and ignored by God. But … Continue reading Finding strength in God, from Isaiah 40
I may not know you, but I know that you have been hurt before. In fact, I am confident to say that at some point, you’ve been hurt by someone who is really important to you. We all have. When hurt comes, our natural response is to defend ourselves. Sometimes, this means running away, leaving … Continue reading What does forgiveness look like in real life?
We’re wrapping up Mental Health Month (May 2018) in just a few days. Hopefully, this weekly blog series has raised your understanding and awareness of mental health. But as Christians, we always want to make sure that our understanding of things is true – and we know truth from God himself. What does God think … Continue reading Monday Mental Health: Mental health is biblical and, well, healthy!
Most of us have a desire to love people well. We want to love our spouses, our children, our family members, and God himself well. But what does this mean? How do we do it? There is a popular Christian song out right now called Reckless Love by Corey Asbury. It includes lyrics about how … Continue reading Is it a good thing to give “reckless love”?
How often do you hear something on the radio or in the news that brings up fear, worry, despair, or frustration? Probably every day that you listen to such things. We see headlines scrolling across social media that raise our eyebrows. We listen in to conversations all around us and hear surprise, worry, and confusion … Continue reading A Monday Morning Lesson on Fear and Worry
I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased; my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my … Continue reading Where is your hope? A look into Psalm 39
There is a constant call in Paul’s letter to the Philippians to rejoice. Six times in these four chapters, Paul tells them that he is rejoicing and calls for his friends in Philippi to rejoice also. But did you know that Paul is writing this letter from jail? In fact, Paul was in prison at … Continue reading Rejoicing in trials with the Philippians