We don’t know what the future holds. Looking back, things are always so clear. Our failures seem so obvious and our successes so logical. But looking into the future, all we see is a fog. Nothing is clear. We can plan for an outcome but we don’t see it. We can hope, trust, and believe but we can never be…

Super hero kid with boxing gloves

In a 2017 Lifeway Research study the authors determined the factors that kept young people at church. Reading the Bible as a kid made first place but close behind that were prayer, church attendance, and serving in the church. All these are part of an active Christian lifestyle, modeled by the parents and resurfacing in their children. So what about…

Big dude looking mad

Combat has fascinated men for centuries. In former years, it was about conquering and ruling, survival and breaking the yoke. It was a way of life men were born into, in a culture where strength and honor were valued and men could live out what the builder baked into their foundation. The longing for strength trickles through the barrier of…

Warrior facing dragon

I had a situation at work the other day that was getting the best of me. Emotions were running wild and I didn’t know how to deal with it. It seemed like I was powerless, unableto pray and forced to accept the situation as it is. The Bible tells me that I’m not facing my problems alone but I couldn’t…

Thinking and praying

Words filled with hatred and fueled with anger. They are like a ball of fire, destroying everything around it. They rip through the structures of trust and burn through the delicate threads that knit our souls together. No artist will ever be able to restore them. The fire’s touch will be visible forever. The flaming arrows hit their goal and…

Guy looking desperate

“No, I’m a man of God!” That’s how battled evil thoughts for years. It was my remedy for my people I didn’t like, folks who intimidated me or with people that just ticked me off for some reason. Right away, my mind was in attack mode. Dude looks like a sponge on wheels, why does he stand in my way?.…

Hanging on the cross

I look back at my life three or four years ago, and I see a different man. I look back even further and I fall on my knees and worship to give glory to him who left heaven behind to enter my world of filth and darkness. He knew the man who lived inside, broken and bound by the sins…

We like to read Psalm 139 as a reminder of how God feels towards us. This famous passage talks about God’s heart for us. It paints a picture that brings theology alive and has been comforting to shamed souls for centuries. It is a beautiful piece of writing that is marked in our Bibles and quoted heavily in church literature…

Burned and forged

We all know difficult times. We somehow slip into them just to get stuck. Flaming arrows surge from all directions and our body threatens to collapse. Old wounds get ripped open and forgotten pain comes back full force. We scream and wrestle but there is no way out. It’s like being trapped in a pit where we can see the…

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