Episode 76

The book of Romans doesn’t teach us that we will never sin again. Declaring that sin has lost its power over me is different from saying sin will never again happen in me. If (and when) I do mess up, I won’t have to pay with my life because Jesus already paid the wages for…

Episode 75

I’m glad you’ve joined me as we continue our four-week series from Romans 8:1-19. This is part two of our series, which remains focused on the transformed nature of those of us who live by the Spirit. I remember overhearing a group of twenty-somethings reacting to the news that one of their friends had unexpectedly…

Episode 74

Welcome to the beginning of a miniseries from Romans 8:1-19. I’m going to spend a total of four episodes on these verses that focus on the transformed nature of those of us who live by the Spirit. I decided to do a miniseries for a couple reasons. For one, I was inspired by Pastor Jack…

Trespassing on Holy Ground

In November 2013, my mom treated my sister and I to a guided tour of the Holy Land. One day, while we were in Jerusalem, I broke away from the group to spend time with a friend my daughter had met through a discipleship training program she’d attended in California. Josh has dual citizenship in…

Episode 73

I recently updated the cover photo on my Facebook page with a picture of my yard. The center of the image shows a pink and orange wash of light reflected in our pond, making the glorious sunset filling the back of the photo even more beautiful. As I was responding on Facebook to comments about…

Episode 72

Last week my girlfriend sent me an intriguing image of a man’s hand holding a lit match. What made the image so fascinating was the fact that—even though the man’s hand cast a bold, dark shadow on the wall barely an inch behind him—the flame on top of the match did not cast a shadow.…

Mother’s Day Memories

This Sunday will be my second Mother’s Day since my mom left earth for her heavenly home. I have felt the pain of a child without a mother. This Sunday will also be my twenty-fifth Mother’s Day since I buried my baby boy. I have felt the pain of a mother without a child. You…

Episode 71

I read a daily devotional by Dutch Sheets called Give Him 15. In his post on April 29th, he addressed the importance of developing an intimate relationship with God. He said, “Our levels of faith, power, authority, and effectiveness will always be determined by how well we know Him.” Dutch also said, “The more we…