How to Keep Going When Your Mountain Won’t Move

How to Keep Going When Your Mountain Won't Move

How do you maintain a faith that gives you the confidence to keep believing, even when you face overwhelming or impossible circumstances? It can be tempting to give up when life gets challenging. Defining Faith In my new book, Don’t Give Up, I take an in-depth look at Hebrews 11, also called God’s Faith Hall of Fame. When you study … Read More

How to Overcome the Overwhelming Obstacles You Face

Over the last two decades, obstacle course races and events have grown exponentially in popularity. Turn on the TV on a weeknight, and you might find American Ninja Warrior athletes—non-professional folks like you and me—climbing ladders, leaping over swinging obstacles, and climbing walls, all in front of a raucous, cheering crowd. Races like the Tough Mudder and Spartan Races are … Read More

How an Eternal Perspective Changes Obstacles in Life

How an Eternal Perspective Changes the Obstacles You Face

In Hebrews 11-12, we are called to look back and reflect upon the witnesses of the Old Testament and to look forward to a better country. These chapters in the Bible form a sort of biography series, consisting of stories about those who resisted their immediate desires and put their hope in what was to come. Long for a Heavenly … Read More

What to do When Your Faith is Hindered by Sin

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In sports like running, cycling, and swimming, every ounce matters. In the original Greek marathons thousands of years ago, runners trained with leg weights and then removed them on race day. Many of them even ran in the nude or very little clothing to reduce unnecessary weight during the long run. (Thankfully that’s not a thing anymore.) These days, when … Read More

How to Find God in Your Most Desperate Moments

How to Find God in Your Most Desperate Moments

The Bible is full of stories about people who experienced brokenness while being challenged at their very core. The Christian life is certainly not free from hardship and suffering. On the contrary, life in Christ is full of all the demands that the rest of the world faces, and all of the challenges and trials of spiritual and church life. … Read More

Find the Courage to Keep Going When you Want to Quit

This past summer, I signed up a 50-mile bike race. I hadn’t been cycling long, and this was going to be the longest ride I had ever done. I prepared well. I did months of training and stretching, I practiced each stage of the route, and most importantly, I became an expert in carb loading. (Donuts!) About halfway through the … Read More

6 Things God Wants To Tell You In The Middle Of Your Pain

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Do you know what it’s like when someone you love is in pain? You desperately want to help, but there’s nothing you can do. If you’re a parent, you already know what it’s like. Your kid might be in pain from falling off a wagon, a broken heart, an unexpected breakup, the flu, or the homesickness of your college freshman. … Read More

How to Find Strength When You Want to Give Up

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Think about critical conversations. Maybe it’s one of the most important conversations that you’ve ever experienced. Or a coach at halftime during a game, sharing strategy and imploring the team to give their all. Or it could simply be two world leaders trying to negotiate peace. I’d like to cast my vote for what I think has to be one … Read More

How To Love Someone Who Hurt You Deeply

How To Love Someone Who Hurt You Deeply

We see God’s love demonstrated in the way Jesus treated others, especially those who mistreated and hurt him. If Jesus exemplified this sacrificial and limitless love, why then, is it so hard for us to love those who have wronged us? My favorite philosopher is Soren Kierkegaard and, years ago, he shared the following parable. The Girl With a Broken … Read More

Why Do Christian Leaders Fall?

Why Do Christian Leaders Fall?

Hearing stories about Christian leaders who’ve faced a moral breakdown is far too familiar. We often place unreasonable demands on these leaders or expect them to maintain an image of perfection. The reality is that it’s not uncommon for church leaders to wrestle with burdening personal matters or deep spiritual struggles. A few years ago, a man by the name … Read More