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God Still Speaks & Here's How I Know

God Still Speaks & Here's How I Know

On Friday, I was lying on my couch icing a pulled psoas muscle and crying when Sam called and said,

"Hey, a poster tube came in the mail for you."

I stopped crying, bolted upright, cried again and said, "there's only one place sending me a poster."

Sure enough, in the tube were the two posters I asked for with note that said, "Thanks for liking our wine!" 

Whoa. Jesus. More crying.

Need a Little Good News Right Now?

Need a Little Good News Right Now?

I admire teachers like Chris because I came to Jesus as a skeptic and a doubter, so for better or worse, my b.s. meter is super low tolerance. Even a hint of game or manipulation or bad theology from the pulpit and I'm out.

So when people preach the gospel, as Chris does - straight up, double shot, no chaser - it burns so good, and I'm reminded how revolutionary Jesus actually is. Truly, the gospel, properly rendered, is crazy good news.

Two Strategies for Defeating Anxiety & Fear

Two Strategies for Defeating Anxiety & Fear

If I'm being honest, the last few months have at times felt like a hurricane or, worse yet for me, a vast snowy desert, but they are neither. They are just new lands along on the path I chose when I decided to follow Jesus like I mean it.

Truth is, Jesus told the disciples, before they got in the boat, they were going to the other side. So they were going to make it. Dead calm was a bonus.

Jesus was gracious enough to show a bunch of terrified fishermen just who they were dealing with. It was a lavish gift given to a bunch of skeptical, anxious humans who did everything possible to not deserve it.

Same Jesus. Different day.

I Need Direction But God Is Quiet

I Need Direction But God Is Quiet

I think Jesus wanted to expose the central issue behind our fear: We don't know God's love for us. If we think God will be disappointed if we rush out ahead and fall down, we're unlikely to move very much. 

But if He's your good father, won't he scamper up behind you, giggle a little at your daring, pick you up and brush you off? Then place your feet somewhere more suited to your skill level?

Doesn't it feel better to believe that about him?

Just Start Walking

Just Start Walking

Again and again, God repeats his promise to help us, to extend his righteous right hand to go before us, to make a way, where there seems no way. He promises to do that for anyone who asks, but if we remain hermetically sealed inside a world we can easily handle, we never give him the chance to prove it.  

If you're bored with your life, it might be that you're twiddling your thumbs inside a life you finished crafting long ago. Quit redecorating it. Knock some walls out. Or maybe even sell it and move. 

Help for the Fearful Creative

Help for the Fearful Creative

Keeping the mind in the realm of the supernatural, is the business of the creative individual. Many people don't even know you can do that. But you can.

When I live and work with the mind of Christ, which the Apostle Paul said I could do, I am incredibly powerful and dangerous to the gremlins - and they know it. 

How to Make Your Life Matter - Three Big Steps

How to Make Your Life Matter - Three Big Steps

I was deciding whether or not to hang the laundry on the line one windy afternoon in West Texas, when the awareness of how meaningless my life was, landed like a wet sandbag in my arms. 

I just stood there, feeling the soggy, miserable weight of it, wondering what I should try next to fix it or where I could run. Coming up empty, I did what rational people everywhere do in this situation. I screamed as loud and hard as I could into the wind:

WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?