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Cowboys and Demons

The T.V. was on and the sound of the William Tell Overture was playing. I had dozed for a minute on our old couch, but was immediately wide awake…the next episode of the Lone Ranger was starting. I was 9 years old and the flu had given me what every little boy longs for: A day off from school. In this episode of the Lone Ranger, I remember the sheriff had formed a…

Is God Keeping a Scorecard?

The freedom we have in Jesus is one of my favorite topics. But, if you read Jesus’ own words, you’ll often find him qualifying his promises with phrases like, “If you obey my commands…” or “If you follow me…” These phrases sound conditional; they sound like I get blessed if I’m good, but I might get kicked out if I’m bad or something. What’s up with that? When Jesus uses…

One of Satan’s Greatest Lies

You know Satan, our spiritual enemy, is a liar, right? All liars distort the truth. They twist it, nuance it, and obscure it. That which is actually true is still true, but the liar tries to change our perception of the truth. For years I lived with a sort of undercurrent of God’s disappointment. I really didn’t feel like he was happy with me. I knew he loved me and all,…

Finding Buried Treasure

Nearly 60 times in the New Testament, God speaks about our storing up treasure or rewards in heaven. Then in Paul gives us a clue to what this treasure is when he writes to his dear friends in the ancient city of Thessalonica, “What is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?”—1 Thessalonians…

G2Ø=Get2Zero

Jesus made an audacious promise when he said, “I have come that you may have life and have it to the fullest!” (Who doesn’t want life to the fullest?! ) Then to prove he has the power to deliver on this promise, he dies on the cross to cancel our sin and raises from the dead. If he can do that, what can’t he do! What’s more, Jesus wants every person on the planet to have…

Going for More

I’ve been praying lately for an increase of the fear of the Lord in me personally (Psalm 111:10). I want to be more in awe of him and to walk in greater humility and reverence. I want to be more repulsed by sin and more aware of my need to stay close to the Lord. Jesus said the pure in heart are blessed because they will see God. That’s what I want! I’m asking the Holy…

Start Winning the Battle

Way back I remember feeling like I just couldn’t seem to beat the anger in my life. To make a long story short, the Lord revealed my anger was rooted in a thought that kept running around in my head, telling me I wasn’t good enough.  I remember the time I took the thought captive, bringing it straight to the Word of God. I compared it to Zephaniah 3:17 where God says he…

New Teaching Series: Surrounded

There’s not a person I know who doesn’t struggle with negative thoughts—I know I do. We struggle with feeling not good enough…we struggle with regret and guilt about the past…we struggle with fear and worry about the future. Sometimes we feel completely surrounded. The Bible tells us the root of these negative thoughts is actually a spiritual enemy who seeks…

iLove

Did you notice last Sunday that the first letter on those colored boxes spelled: “iLove”? Here’s a cool story just fresh out of the oven…Monday I went to the hospital with one of my disciple making groups to pray for people in the lobby and look for opportunities to share the love of Jesus. I arrived first and saw a security guard positioned at a desk in a prominent…

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