The Doubter is Destined to Drift

“As pharaoh approached, the Israelite’s looked up, and there were Egyptians marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord: “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?” (Exodus 10-11) Moses tells the Israelite’s to be still and the Lord will fight for…

The Best Trade Deal Ever

One definition of ‘trade’ reads: “To exchange articles of more or less even value.” I traded in: Addiction for freedom; anger for peace; loneliness for love; self-pity for empowerment; emptiness for fulfillment; shame for honor; failure for success; aimlessness for purpose; and sorrow for joy. Who would make a deal like that? It’s Jesus Christ,…

Is God Bigger Than Your Problems?

“The LORD is close to the Brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Life on earth is so short and no amount of fame, money, brilliance, talent, charisma or good looks can bring happiness. They’re all transitory. I know that if God hadn’t intervened in my life, I would have eventually…

What Good is Your Mess if it Doesn’t Minister?

The Bible tells us in this life we will have trouble (John 16:33). We birth some from our brokenness, and more from the natural process of being alive, and some we create because of sin and rebellion. Today I’m grateful for the hard lessons marked by grief, loss, and betrayal; the years wasted by addiction,…

Growth Through Trials and Sorrow

Do you believe there’s a higher purpose to your pain, trials, and suffering? Click here to watch today’s live radio  bit about experiencing growth through trials and difficulties! “The same God who allows our suffering also showers us with compassion” (Lamentations 3:31).

Gratitude is a Verb

In recovery meetings gratitude is often described as an action. Simply put, If we’re grateful, how will we express it? In the bible Jesus heals ten lepers and only one comes back to thank him: “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Does only this foreigner return to give glory to God?” (Luke 17:17-18)….

Gratitude

When we thank God every day for our blessings, our successes don’t go to our head and our failures don’t destroy us. It’s all Gods anyway. “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” (Psalm 24:1)

Broken Angel

Today I’m eleven years sober from drugs and alcohol. My family’s been torn apart by an addiction that killed my only brother 13 months ago.  I have a great life with Christ at the center; and my brother Casey is dead. I always ask: Why me? Why am I alive? Why is he dead? What did…

Today’s difficulties; tomorrow’s victories

The bible says “finishing is better than starting,” and “patience is better than pride” (Ecclesiastes 7:8). Both humility and patience are learned through life’s difficulties and trials. Therefore, thank God for today’s difficulties; they just might be tomorrow’s victories.      

Did God Suffer When Jesus Died?

Like many people I’d heard about the Father, Son, Holy Spirit Trinity for years but never gave it much thought. In John 17:5 when Jesus is about to be crucified He says: “Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.” I admit that I often struggled to identify with the…

The Power In Our Weaknesses

I feel Gods presence the most in my darkest times. His power seems greatest in my weakest moments. Sometimes pain exposes our vulnerability and opens the door for God to do a work in us that can become a powerful testimony. The apostle Paul begged God 3 times to remove the ‘thorn in his flesh,’…

Who Do You Thank For Your Success?

 “What makes you better than anyone else? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?” (Corinthians 4:7) It’s easy to rely on ourselves and our own intellect when life’s going good, but where does that…