Ask ten people what faith is, and you're likely to get ten different responses. It's important to know what faith entails because apparently you can't please God without it. (See Hebrews 11:6.) Faith is essential for receiving salvation and for the miraculous to be active in our lives. So what are we talking about when … Continue reading What is Faith and How Do We Grow in It?
If We Aren’t Preaching the Gospel, We’re Missing the Point.
"We cannot build churches on leadership, we cannot build churches on good music, we cannot build churches on spiritual gifts; Jesus will build His church on the Gospel."
Maintaining a Prophetic Mind
"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." -Proverbs 4:23 The thoughts we entertain eventually become actions. Actions will eventually become habits. Habits will eventually become lifestyles and lifestyles become destinies. Is it any wonder, then, that the majority of spiritual warfare is directed at the mind?
3 Easy Steps to Develop Your Spiritual Ear
Photo by Max Wolfs on Unsplash I have really good news; God is speaking to you and wants you to hear His voice. Prophetic gifts are not something a select few special people are born with. The Bible commands us to earnestly desire spiritual gifts, especially prophecy. (See 1 Corinthians 14:1.) If the Bible tells us that spiritual … Continue reading 3 Easy Steps to Develop Your Spiritual Ear
Christians, You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty for Taking Antidepressants.
People are often shocked to hear I struggle with clinical depression. One dear friend, when I told him that I was depressed, stared with mouth open and said "You?! Really?!"
Yeah. Me. Sure, I've seen many healed of all kinds of physical and mental disorders, including depression, but I am in the process of being healed of it myself. While I have battled it off and on throughout my childhood, things really got bad for me about a year ago.
Martyrdom and the Modern Church
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose." These were the words penned in missionary Jim Elliot's final journal entry before he and his four companions gave their lives in an effort to reach the Huaorani tribe of Ecuador with the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. … Continue reading Martyrdom and the Modern Church
She Was Deaf, Lost, and Desperately Searching for Hope Until She Met Jesus.
Sarah came to the university where I minister this year. Excited to start a new adventure as a college student, Sarah was also hoping that her new adventure as a college student would change something. She was lost, hopeless, depressed, and desperately trying to escape her hell of a childhood. Sarah had no idea that at school she would meet Jesus, and that He was what she wanted all along.
Insecurity, Burnout, and the Gospel
As someone who is constantly engaged in evangelism, I am often tempted to define myself by what I do, rather than who I am in Christ. In my life, this identity error has led to insecurity, pride, and eventually a long period of burnout. My motivations were wrong because the very Gospel I was trying … Continue reading Insecurity, Burnout, and the Gospel
An Atheist and a Rebel Become Missionaries
Levi and his girlfriend, Kacey, were typical college freshmen. They liked to drink, party, and do all of the other things freshmen do. Levi was raised in an atheistic home and Kacey was running from her Christian upbringing as fast as her legs could carry her. Until the day the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear.