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The Ironic and Liberating Truth About Feeling Conviction

The Ironic and Liberating Truth About Feeling Conviction

Conviction is one of God’s kindnesses to His creation. In the spiritual realm, the concept of experiencing conviction is analogous to the pain we feel in our physical bodies. Actual guilt that leads to conviction is God’s way of telling us that something is wrong… Continue Reading …

Should My Church Change Its Practice On Alcohol?

Should My Church Change Its Practice On Alcohol?

Secondary preferences at times can move to primary prominence in some peoples’ minds. When this happens, division comes and strong opinions prevail. One of the most hotly debated secondary issues in the church, historically speaking, is whether it’s a sin to drink alcohol. When helping… Continue Reading …

The Wisdom of Revealing and Concealing the Truth

The Wisdom of Revealing and Concealing the Truth

Telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth is a good goal, but it is not always wise to reveal everything that you know within any relationship. There is a time to be quiet and a time to speak, and you must know the… Continue Reading …

Struggling With Sin Is One Way the Lord Strengthens You

Two people have a similar struggle. Both of them struggle with discouragement because of their ongoing patterns of sin. Rather than seeing sin as an opportunity to lean into God, they are heading farther down the path of frustration and fear. Sinning plus struggling with… Continue Reading …

Breaking Down My Heart When It’s Breaking Bad

How would people know you if you had no filter on your inner person? How would folks experience the authentic you? We live in a duality: our authentic self and the person we present to the public. Closing the gap between the two happens when… Continue Reading …

Four Things We Do to Make Life Hard on Ourselves

Every time I sin, there is a required response needed. The question is not, “Will I respond to my sin?” but “How will I respond to my sin?” There are four incorrect reactions to sin and one correct one. The right choice will set you… Continue Reading …

Four Essential Elements To Live A Well-Grounded Life

Seeking a king of your unique choosing is rejecting God—a decision that always leads to slavery. There is no other being that you can submit yourself to that will make you happy, even if that “supreme being” is you. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts… Continue Reading …

How to Assess Yourself to See If You Are Mature

The most significant test to examine your maturity is how you responded when you did not get what you wanted, especially if what you hoped for was a good thing. Responding with humility to disappointment magnifies the strength of God through your weakness. And that… Continue Reading …

Secret-Keeping Destroys Lives and Relationships

There is a temptation with all of us to keep certain things hidden from others. Our high sense of shame and self-awareness tempts us from the purpose of the gospel, which is transformation in a community of grace. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are… Continue Reading …

Shame: I Don’t Want Anyone to Know What’s Happening

Biblical shame is genuine. It was one of the first things that happened to Adam after he sinned against the Lord. His response to shame was to grab a few fig leaves, which began a cover-up process that we all emulate. Listen to the podcast… Continue Reading …