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I Want More Than God; I Want Someone To Love Me

I Want More than God; I Want Someone to Love Me

To say that God is all you need reduces your life to you and God in a silo. You must have friends. You need others to live out the grander purposes of the gospel. The question is never, “Do you need friends?” but rather, “What are… Continue Reading …

Learning How to Keep What You Want From Controlling You

Learning How to Keep What You Want From Controlling You

What do you want? What would you like to have? Do these desires come from the heart of contentment? To want something does not have to be wrong. We should always want all kinds of things throughout our lives. To not to want things is… Continue Reading …

You Can Experience Rest If You Give Up What You Want

You Can Experience Peace If You Give up What You Want

There is something about the title that sounds counterintuitive to our self-reliant and self-protective lives. Even so, doesn’t it have a biblical ring to it? You die to live (Matthew 16:24-26). You humble yourself to be exalted (Matthew 23:12). You give up something to gain… Continue Reading …

How to Solve the Mystery to Enjoy the Abundant Life

How to Solve the Mystery and Enjoy an Abundant Life

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] To find joy and contentment—part of what it means to have an abundant life—you must understand the spiritual blessings you already possess and recognize how the “call to die” brings those things (Luke 9:23). We all want to live happy and exciting lives. We… Continue Reading …

The Purpose of Discontentment Is to Make You Unhappy

The Purpose of Discontentment Is to Make You Unhappy

The discontented Christian is an oxymoronic expression. But the evidence of such a person is all around us, and maybe even in your heart. Each day is a new opportunity for me to find my satisfaction in Christ alone, and though His grace is sufficient… Continue Reading …

Ep. 194 The Cyclic Effect of Cynicism, and the Cure

Shows Main Idea – When disappointments accumulate in a person’s life, there is a strong temptation to give up. But more than giving up, the disappointed soul becomes bitter, suspicious, and even hostile toward the hope of a better kind of life. The Christian cynic… Continue Reading …

Discipleship Is Not Primarily about Changing Circumstances

Imagine the Apostle Paul coming to you with a thorn stuck in his flesh, metaphorically speaking, and wanting your help. What would be your primary goal as you try to serve Paul? Would you try to help him change his circumstances primarily, or would you… Continue Reading …

What Does It Mean to Boast In Your Weakness?

What Does It Mean to Boast In Your Weakness

What does it mean to boast in your weakness? Are you boasting in your sin, or is there more going on here? I am a jar of clay, but what does Paul mean when he boasts as a clay pot? Listen to the podcast Our… Continue Reading …

Ep. 84 Nine Ways To Export Boredom To Your Children

Shows Main Idea – “I’m bored.” How many of us have heard this from a child? It seems boredom and children go hand-in-hand. What makes this so unusual in our day is there has never been a time where people have had so much access… Continue Reading …

Contentment Comes From the Blessing of Disappointment

Contentment comes from learning how to live with all things or live with nothing at all. Being content on this kind of extreme spectrum–abundance and emptiness–is the secret to living well in God’s world. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play,… Continue Reading …