Encouragement Challenge

We’ve been talking a lot recently about encouragement. Partly because it’s a weakness of mine I’m trying to improve on, and partly because the Bible commands it and exemplifies it. We’ve discussed the need for encouragement to be daily, strategic, and specific. But...

Of First Importance

43,000+ words. That’s how many written words from the Apostle Paul are contained in the New Testament. And those are only the letters we still have! He probably wrote many more letters over the decades of his ministry. And yet, out of tens of thousands of words,...

He Already Won!

I grew up playing baseball and my dad was often the coach of my teams. Baseball was a family affair for us. I remember game day was always full of nerves because there was so much excitement and anticipation going into a game. The excitement came from the unknown....

Hand on Mouth

I’m sure you’ve heard of “Foot In Mouth syndrome,” and I’m sure you’ve felt the humiliation of it before. One of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, was known for it. He was constantly saying and doing things he shouldn’t, getting himself in trouble, and sometimes even severely...

ART IN YOUR VEINS

I grew up loving art. I was scribbling letters and pictures as early as I can remember, writing and illustrating books, and diving into photography. I taught myself Photoshop after high school, and eventually ran my own graphic design company for a while. Art is in my...

Blame Shifters

I can’t count how many times I’ve asked my kids whose fault something was, and fingers get pointed in everyone else’s direction. Blame shifting. We all know it and have done it. It’s in our DNA apparently. The human race has been shifting blame since the Garden of...