Waiting While Doing

Today and tomorrow we are going to journey with Zechariah as he waits for God to answer his prayers. I think the greatest fear we carry when it comes to prayer is not being heard. After all, not being heard can communicate that our concerns don’t matter and, subsequently, that we don’t matter.

This is where Zechariah finds himself as he goes to the temple to work his job. He had asked God to give him a child, and for years it seemed that God was not listening. I wonder if Zechariah ever felt forgotten by God. If he did, this must have been troubling for a man whose name literally means “My God Remembers.” … More Waiting While Doing

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

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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