Coronavirus and the Church

Several weeks ago, when coronavirus was just beginning to become a global threat, my family went to Disney World. I was hyper aware of handrail, door knob and surface that people from all over the world were touching. I was super vigilant to constantly wash my hands...

read more

Day 21: Press Pause/Press Play

This has been an incredible journey we have been on together during 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting! I hope you have been challenged, encouraged, empowered, and ultimately have grown closer to Jesus during these last three weeks. I hope you have learned to slow down...

read more

Day 20: Press Pause/Press Play

If you haven't yet read yesterday's post, please do. We talked about the personal mission we are on as followers of Jesus—making disciples. We laid out three characteristics of a Jesus disciple: 1. A disciple follows Jesus' lead in every area of life. 2. A disciple is...

read more

Day 19: Press Pause/Press Play

Over the last couple of weeks, you have learned about and practiced what it means to slow down and listen to God, as well as some thoughts and ideas about how we can put our relationship with Jesus into action. But that's not all there is to it… All of us were created...

read more

Day 18: Press Pause/Press Play

The enemy likes to trick you into thinking your own personal sins and actions only effect yourself. When we think our sinful habits only effect ourselves, we further justify self-destructive behaviors that only offer damage to our relationship with God. One sin in...

read more

Day 17: Press Pause/Press Play

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows— this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. Psalm 68:5-6 Orphans have a special place in...

read more

Day 16: Press Pause/Press Play

Why does the church exist? What’s the big idea? Do we exist to have the best ministries? Or maybe be the biggest church in our city? Do we exist to have the most beautiful and cleanest space to host guests and visitors? It can be a tough question to answer. The good...

read more

Day 15: Press Pause/Press Play

On day one we talked about how if you are going to effectively press play in your life, you need to press pause and pray. One of the main reasons we press pause in prayer is so we can accomplish the work God has for us. Pause without play doesn’t work. Prayer without...

read more

Day 14: Press Pause/Press Play

It's still dark outside. The alarm is blaring on your nightstand. 6:00 A.M. Ugh… Monday. You find yourself trying to muster up the courage to get up, get ready, and face the week. The date is different, but the feeling is the same. "Is the weekend over already!?" "I...

read more

Day 13: Press Pause/Press Play

When I was little my parents taught me to pray. We would pray before meals, before bedtime, at church, and at various other times throughout the week. When I was a kid I didn’t have a ton of pressing questions. I was curious about things but didn’t have a desperation...

read more

Day 12: Press Pause/Press Play

My desk can get really messy. Depending on the day it may be covered in books, pens, receipts, and mail. Right no there is a bag of almonds, a bottle of air freshener and a stress ball taking up space. The clutter can make it hard to focus sometimes, so when I need to...

read more

Day 11: Press Pause/Press Play

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of...

read more

Day 10: Press Pause/Press Play

This is our second day of fasting as we walk through 21 Days of Prayer. Our basic understanding of Biblical fasting is that we don’t eat food. The reality is that fasting is less about not eating food and more about bringing our physical and emotional desires under...

read more

Day 9: Press Pause/Press Play

In the Bible people fasted for many different reasons. David fasted when he was in mourning for a sick son. Queen Esther called the Jews to fast when they were facing an impossible circumstance. The early church members fasted before sending out missionaries. Jesus...

read more

Day 8: Press Pause/Press Play

On Day 1 we talked about how when we press pause in prayer it helps us to navigate the external pressures of a busy life. But what about the internal pressures of a busy mind? You know what it’s like - so many things are running through your head that you can’t seem...

read more

Day 7: Press Pause/Press Play

I love my son more than he could ever know, but as a two year old his communication skills needs some major improving. He’s still learning to talk so it can be hard to understand him. As a result, I’ve found myself being proactive in making sure his needs are met....

read more

Day 6: Press Pause/Press Play

Running to and crying out to God in every circumstance is easier said than done, especially when the situations we are in are dark and seem utterly hopeless. Walking through dark seasons full of disappointment can be incredibly difficult when the people around us seem...

read more

Day 5: Press Pause/Press Play

I’m guessing we’ve all encountered this type of conversation: “How are you?” “I’m fine. How about you?” “I’m doing okay, thanks.” This type of exchange happens all the time - at school, at work, at church, and everywhere in between. I don’t know about you, but I don’t...

read more

Day 4: Press Pause/Press Play

I remember asking my parents for things when I was little and being very careful about how I asked. I would stack up all the reason why the thing I was asking for would improve my life, make me a better kid, and why they would enjoy giving me what I wanted. I would...

read more

Day 3: Press Pause/Press Play

Have you ever set aside time to pray only to be distracted once you started? I’ve been in the middle of a prayer and have gotten so distracted that I started making a grocery list. Then a half an hour later, I remembered I was in the middle of praying. Distractions...

read more

6 Things That Happen When You Call Out to God

Every parent knows the sound of their kids yelling out for help. "Mom, I need toilet paper! I can't find my backpack! Where are my shoes? I need some money!" Some parents can set their clocks by their kids calling out to them for something. And even though the outcome...

read more

Nothing is Impossible

Jami Kaeb and her husband wanted to adopt a child, but kept hitting roadblocks that made it seem impossible. Time and time again, when they thought things were going to work for them, their adoption opportunities fell through. The ups and downs of getting...

read more

It’s All About the Sheep

I really love my husband and my children. If something happened to me tomorrow and they had to go on without me, the most important thing is that they know I love them. This love for them has caused me to take interest in things I may not have had any interest in...

read more

I’m Hungry

Have you ever gotten busy and skipped lunch? The day skips ahead, it's four o'clock and all you can think about is Chipotle. It's common knowledge that nobody should be eating dinner at 4:00 pm, but all you want to do is grab a steak bowl with brown rice, hot salsa,...

read more

How Giving First Makes Everything Work

There was a time early on in my marriage when Terri and I were so poor we ate grilled cheese sandwiches and canned tomato soup almost every single day for dinner. When you are a kid that sounds like heaven. When you are young and married the digestive complications...

read more

Whose Adventure Are You Choosing?

As a young child, I remember  being asked what I wanted to be when I grew up.  Like any normal boy, I gave a different answer based on what I thought was cool at the time.  I was going to be president, a police officer, a movie star and, of course, a superhero. ...

read more

Loving God, No Piece of Cake

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 This command was given by Moses to the Israelites and then again by Jesus himself, many generations...

read more

6 Things That Happen When We Give to God

One of the best byproducts of starting a new healthy habit is beginning to see the results. When you start eating healthier or cutting sugar out of your diet the pounds begin coming off. When you start working out at the gym you begin to see more muscle definition and...

read more

Look Up

I’m scared of a lot of things in life. Giant bugs, puppets, and Kevin James dying are all good examples – but there is something that scares me even more. It’s called the unknown. Having a lot of questions and wondering how things are going to work out is an...

read more

Why Giving to the Church is a Guaranteed Investment

My dad had the opportunity to invest in Buffalo Wild Wings stock early in the company’s history. At the time the stock was fairly cheap, but the return was uncertain so he only bought a little bit. After several years their stock value more than doubled, along with...

read more

A Day Without Soap

If we are being completely honest we have to admit this simple truth - there are days when we get up and don’t take a shower. Maybe the alarm didn’t go off, or we are just feeling lazy. We might tell ourselves that we aren’t that bad, or that we will take one later in...

read more

Why Should I Join a Small Group?

Whether a film is good or bad, one of the best parts of the whole experience is when you get to talk about it with your friends. Do you think we could be in the Matrix right now? I think if Captain America and Iron Man had just used their words they could have...

read more

What I Want For My Kids

With every new school year comes the worry about how my kids are going to do. Discover a way to pray for your kids that could change everything.

read more

Why the Bible Still Matters

You have probably heard the argument from a co-worker or friend that the Bible is simply an ancient piece of literature that holds little to no water in the twenty-first century. Fortunately, that could not be further from the truth.

read more

Breathe In Truth, Breathe Out Lies

I’m going to state the obvious. Lies are tricky. They have a way of creeping into our hearts and dictating how we treat others and see ourselves. Believing a lie doesn’t sound very dangerous in the grand scheme of life, but it is. Belief in one little lie can...

read more

Don’t Get Distracted

 I LOVE soft pretzels.   I really really LOVE soft pretzels, and baseball stadiums have great soft pretzels. One summer my family and I went to a Cardinals game, and I got an amazing pretzel. I remember sitting with it in my lap, perfectly content to just look at...

read more

When You Don’t Know What To Do Next

Growing up, I found myself hanging with friends in the neighborhood that were a couple years older than me. The age difference wasn’t really felt though… until my friends started going to high school and driving, while I was still in middle school. They were so cool!...

read more

How Should Christians Respond to Terrorism?

It is a feeling that is becoming all to common. The sensation of your stomach dropping when you hear about a terrorist attack that has just happened somewhere around the world. The mix of righteous anger, sadness and indignation all blended together as you watch...

read more

Your Challenges Are Not Hopeless

I recently went on a 30 mile bike ride… no joke, 30 miles! I’m not a biker, I’m a runner, so 30 miles seemed like it was an eternal challenge. It was exhausting, painful and after every mile I felt like turning around and calling it quits. There was no way I could handle another mile. Physically my body was giving up, but mentally I couldn’t let myself quit. It was a challenge, and I had to stand up to it.

read more

Hacking Your Checklist

Have you ever made a checklist of all the things you needed to get done? Many people interested in being more productive have become list makers; every morning they get up and write out a checklist of all the things they need to accomplish by bedtime. The upside...

read more

Help For When Life Gets Tough

I’m not sure if anyone I know would describe life as “easy” or being a “cake walk,” and in light of this, here are some questions to yourself when everything seems to be against you.

read more

Is This Opportunity From God?

As followers of Jesus, we have the perfect guide. His plan was never to come to Earth, die on a cross, and leave us to be. He has a direction, plan, and purpose for each and every person, and by seeking the advice and counsel from these five places, I believe we can be more confident that we are in line with God’s plan for our lives.

read more

Two Steps to Learning God’s Will for Your Life

I remember when I was in college, feeling all the pressure that came with trying to declare a major and deciding what in the world I wanted to do with my life. Was Bible college a smart choice for this 18-year-old girl? Not to mention the fact that I was consumed with...

read more

Sandwiches and Mystery Meat

But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. John 4:32-33 Have you ever entered a room right after a heated argument has just taken place? Or did you ever walk in on...

read more

Don’t Feed the Hungry Hippos

When I was younger I loved to watch shows on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. I would sit in front of the TV for hours, immersed in these worlds that I had never experienced before. Out of all the shows that I watched, one guy always stood out to me — The Crocodile Hunter.

read more

The Cinderella Prayer

I loved the recent Disney movie, Cinderella. In it, there is a scene where Cinderella’s mother is on her death bed giving some great advice to her daughter, and it has taught me a lot about how I should be living.

read more

The Best Way to Grow Closer to God

How much do you really know about the Bible? Maybe you have read bits and pieces of the Bible, but you never understood it as a whole. As a follower of Jesus, I believe that the Bible is the inspired, true word of God… then why is it so boring sometimes?

read more

Can They Tell?

The music you would probably call “screamo” has taught me about God in big ways, and is causing me to ask some pretty tough questions.

read more

What Is Spiritual Formation?

Spiritual Formation. That’s what I have a degree in. Yes, it’s a real thing, but don’t feel bad for being confused, even today I am sometimes too.

read more

Kid Bouncing

Whether warming our hearts or getting on our last nerve, kids are with us. They can bring us incredible joy and also make us incredibly frustrated. They delight and disappoint in equal measure.

read more

Hope For Everyone

Overwhelmed. Stressed. Tired. Anxious. Nervous. Helpless. This is how I woke up feeling this morning about the day that lay ahead. How do you deal with life when it all feels like too much?

read more

Does God Care About My Troubles?

For most of us life presents an ongoing series of problems. You can solve one only to find another has sprung up like a dandelion when you weren’t looking. Perhaps there is something we need other than the solution to all our problems.

read more

Speak Up

Our minds can be a cluttered mess of ideas, anxieties, memories, to-do lists and useless trivia. Very rarely does a person have complete clarity in their thought processes because our brains can move so fast and process so much information, and this affects our prayer lives in big ways.

read more

Praying With a Pen

It’s so easy to respond to a request for prayer with, “I’ll pray”, but recently I’ve taken the verbal prayer a step further, and type it while I’m praying. It really seems to center my thoughts on the request and the person I’m praying for.

read more

Deep Wells and Dropped Pots

Jesus needs no water pot. He needs no well. He needs no mountain. He looks beyond ALL the social, cultural, political, religious, or other stigma that keep people from accessing God and says, “Give ME to drink.” All he needs is a vessel willing to accept his offer.

read more

Living a Missional Life

Paul was inclusive to all who would hear what he said. He didn’t hide anything from them that could help them connect to God. He was all in and he invited others to do the same.

read more

Simple Living

I don’t know about you, but I love camping. I love getting outdoors and “roughing it” for a few days. We love preparing meals over a campfire after a long day of bike riding or canoeing, and if the weather is not too hot… it’s pretty much heaven.

read more

Buy It Now

Just like eBay, Jesus provides us with a convenient “Buy It Now” option. All we have to do is click it.

read more

Why I Read Things Twice

If I really enjoy a book you can bet your bottom dollar that I am going to read it again at some point. Right now I am re-reading a novel that I read last year because every time I go back to one this world I feel more immersed and at home.

read more