Growth Through Pain

I haven’t been doing well the last couple of day. I jacked up my foot about a week ago playing Capture the Flag with the middle school ministry at the church. (In case you’re wondering. I led our team to a 2 – 1 victory that night, but I’ve paid dearly for it since.) But victory isn’t the focus of this post. Trial is. So back to the point.

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Immeasurably More

Our sin is great, and it has grave consequences. Sin distances us from God. It brings guilt and shame. It damages relationships, steals joy, mars goodness, disfigures beauty and destroys life. In other words, sin leads to death.

So consider for just a moment all that is wrong in this world. Here is a short list to get you started: poverty, broken families, human trafficking, violence, racism, abuse, loneliness, addiction and inequality. These things exist because sin exists. … More Immeasurably More

Say Yes to People

Years ago a psychologist named Viktor Frankl went toe to toe with Sigmund Freud.

Freud was teaching that what we wanted most in life was pleasure. But Frankl believed we weren’t seeking pleasure. What we wanted was a deep sense of meaning. In fact, Frankl went on to write: “When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.”

Because of this conviction, Frankl devoted his life to understanding the mystery of meaning and he discovered that we find meaning in life when we are connected to people in safe, intimate and growing relationships. … More Say Yes to People

3 Things to Remember In Hard Times

As a pastor, I often get a front row seat to the brokenness in this world because typically no one calls their pastor to talk about how great life is going. Instead, pastors get called when someone is sick or dying or when a couple is struggling to make it or when the loneliness become unbearable. In other words, people call pastors when they come face to face with the reality that life is hard and suffering is real.
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