How I Went from Selling Donuts to Selling Drugs (& why that’s a good thing)

When I was 16, I stopped selling donuts and started selling drugs, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Strange way to start a post? Let me explain… After several months of interning at a shop that repaired electronic typewriters, I applied for and got my first ever “real” job: running […]

Vision, Distraction, and Expectations

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“So I sent messengers to them, saying, ‘I am doing a great work and cannot come down.  Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?’”  (Nehemiah 6:3) Fulfilling a vision means being able to say no to the distractions of less important things.  It requires boldness and determination, and […]

Why people flocked to John

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Then people from Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the vicinity of the Jordan were flocking to [John], and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.  (Matthew 3:5-6) Why did people flock to John?  Some came out of curiosity, to be sure, perhaps even many or most of them.  Yet, even […]

A Legacy of Faith

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I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure, dwells in you as well.  For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  For […]

Walking in truth leads to multiplied joy

For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.  (3 John 1:3-4) Sometimes it’s easy to start thinking that our walk with God is just between us and […]

Defending Jesus (Luke 4:29-30)

[The people] got up, drove Him out of town and brought Him to the edge of the hill their town was built on, intending to hurl Him over the cliff.  But He passed right through the crowd and went on His way.  (Luke 4:29-30) Jesus has no need of a bodyguard.  He is not helpless […]

Prepare the Way (Luke 3:4b)

Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight.  (Luke 3:4b) John’s job was to ready the masses to receive the Messiah.  His task was to “make His paths straight,” not because Jesus wasn’t able to find His own way into people’s hearts, but because people always have barriers that prevent a clear view of […]

Jesus has given you a holy calling

Therefore, holy brothers [and sisters], you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession…  (Hebrews 3:1) Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee and called out to some fishermen.  “Follow me,” He said, and they did. He’s calling you to the same thing. To be a Christian […]

Jesus saved you to a life of purpose

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Titus 2 JESUS SAVED YOU TO A LIFE OF PURPOSE Our great God and Savior Jesus Christ gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.  (Titus 2:13a-14) Part of the message […]