Hope for Halftime

Halftime [in football] is a time to evaluate how things have been going and to decide what adjustments need to be made for the rest of the game. The first half of any football game is important, but it is not determinative. Numerous teams over the years were ahead at halftime only to eventually lose the game. And numerous teams …

Savior AND Lord?

The reason you may not be seeing more of God’s rescue and deliverance in your life is because you may have Jesus positioned as your Savior, but not as your Lord. And you may not have positioned yourself as His slave. The book of Romans opens up with these words, “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ ….” (Romans 1:1) A …

Jesus Has Your Back

When my son Jonathan played football, he was a fullback. The job of a fullback is to run interference for a halfback. The halfback gets the ball while the fullback goes out in front of him because there is an enemy trying to get in there and tackle the halfback. The fullback’s mission is to get rid of the enemy …

He Came to be First

God says that if you will seek His kingdom first and His righteous standards first then He will willingly grant you all of the things that often make themselves the focus of your worry. You ought to put God’s kingdom first if for no other reason than to reduce your personal anxiety and worry. Over 40 million U.S. adults suffer …

Disappointed by Marriage?

Many people today are disappointed with marriage. They wake up one morning only to discover that the reality they live in looms far from what they had once dreamt or imagined. Because of this, some are getting out of marriage almost as quickly as they got into it. One foundational element, or truth, that usually comes up when I conduct …

Think On?

Where you set your mind is so important because what you set your mind on will penetrate and dominate your thinking. If you belong to Christ, you may feel like the enemy is always out there trying to chase you down. But when you set your mind on the things of Christ, you can receive God’s word and allow it …

Giving Thanks

What is the benefit of giving thanks?  1 Thessalonians 5:18 says that giving thanks “is the will of God concerning you.” When you give thanks, you are in the will of God. When you are grumbling, you are outside of God’s will. To give thanks is to position yourself smack-dab in the middle of God’s will. This is critical because …