Looking Forward

The Bible is full of stories of men and women who were called by God to do difficult and even impossible things and found God to be sufficient. The patriarch Joseph was called. But his calling didn’t mean an easy life. He was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers. He was falsely accused by the wife of his …

Is It Too Late For Me?

As a pastor, I frequently walk with people through their hurts, pains, and disappointments. Sometimes, in the midst of their pain, people will ask me, “Is it too late for me? Is it too late for God to do something with me?” Those questions come out of a deep place where people think their many failures have caused them to …

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 …