The following is from Ten Things Jesus Never Said: And Why You Should Stop Believing Them. How can we learn to extend grace to others? How can we grow comfortable with other Christians who may feel differently about some theology, worship styles or even certain moral issues? Here are a few suggestions: Give other Christians permission to be different from… Read More
Besides the fact that God knows everything, God knows everything about you. In the same way a computer programmer or a video game creator knows every potential outcome of every keystroke or maneuver, God knows every one of your potential thoughts and actions. At first that may seem a little unsettling, as many of our potential thoughts and actions aren’t… Read More
At a recent Pray Big conference I was approached by a woman after one of the sessions. She immediately appeared to be very shy and timid—painfully so. She talked in a quiet voice, almost a whisper. She told me that she was concerned about her teenage daughter. She was starting to rebel a little and maybe even questioning her faith…. Read More
Consider two boats. Both set out to cross a lake at the same time. One is a sailboat, the other a rowboat. The rowboat gets off to a quick start as its pilot sets a furious pace with his rowing. The sailboat moves a little slower as that ship’s pilot raises his sails and waits for the wind. Soon, the… Read More
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 Jesus wants you. Make no mistake about it–Jesus extended his holy invitation for rest to you. You are not the grand exception in history that God cannot or will not love. You have not gone so far that he can’t or won’t… Read More
When you became a Christian, you did so in response to the wooing of God in your life. People who are spiritually dead (see Ephesians 2:1-3) don’t just go looking for God. They don’t even know they need him. When a sinner starts his search for God, he does so in direct response to the stimuli of God in his… Read More
Can I ask you a question? What would happen if you were invited to a face-to-face meeting with Jesus? Suppose it was just you and he for an hour, sitting directly across from each other, so close your knees were almost touching. What do you think he would say? Would you be uncomfortable? Is that a meeting you would look… Read More
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