If God Is Love, Why Did Jesus Have To Die?

If God Is Love, Why Did Jesus Have To Die?

In my last post, I shared how, when my daughter, Marissa, was a toddler, we bought her a goldfish. She quickly became frustrated by her inability to have a meaningful relationship with her new pet. In an attempt to connect with and love her fish, Marissa began petting her fish. Well, she TRIED to pet her fish. The fish wasn’t … Read More

My Problem With Me

The Problem I Have With Me

I have a confession to make: I am messed up. Hang on a second though. Don’t judge me because you’re messed up too. We’ve all sinned and none of us are what we should be. In a sense, though, that’s not the problem. Yes, it is a problem. But it’s a problem that can be solved. The Problem Is Me … Read More

“I Like Jesus, But the God of the Old Testament is Crazy”

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Sometimes people say things like, “I like Jesus, but I don’t like the God of the Old Testament. Why are they so different?” The answer is, they aren’t. They are exactly the same. That may seem crazy, but let me tell you a story…about a pet fish. Darth Fishy and Mackenzie When they were younger, my kids wanted a pet. … Read More

God Can Restore Everything You Have Lost

What is it that you’re truly longing for in life? Beyond the promotion or the vacation, the new house or the new car. What is underneath all the things you think you need? What are you genuinely longing for in your life? Most of us have experienced the loss of something we consider precious to us, whether it’s a relationship, … Read More

The Astounding Beauty of God’s Grace

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Photographing the magnitude and astounding beauty of Big Sur, California is no small task. It is not a “one picture does it justice” kind of place. Even if you take a hundred photographs, you still feel like you need to get one more — from a different angle, height, distance, or light. Because every time you look, it feels new. … Read More

Storytellers To The World

Storytellers To The World: A Conversation With Jon Erwin “It’s not about pastors getting passionate about what I’m doing. It’s that I’m passionate about what they’re doing.” Jon Erwin wants the movie, I Can Only Imagine, to come alongside the local church to help them reach their communities. “I don’t think a movie can do the work of the church, … Read More

Remaining Faithful When God Doesn’t Rescue You

What If God Doesn't Rescue me

Have you ever needed God to rescue you from a difficult or painful situation? It’s hard to trust God when things keep going wrong in life, especially when you feel beat down and powerless to change your circumstances. Whether it’s your health, relationships, finances or some other situation, God wants you to have faith in his promises when things seem … Read More

Do You Believe God Can Heal Wounds No One Else Sees?

Do You Believe God Can Heal Wounds No One Else Sees?

A few years ago I was walking through an art museum, turned a corner, and had my breath taken away. It wasn’t a statue, a painting or an exhibit. It was the sign hanging over an exhibition. The sign read: “Touch Me, I’m Sick.” It hung above the entrance to a traveling display that featured photographs from Charles Peterson. Peterson … Read More

He Is Jehovah Rapha and He’s The God Who Heals

THE GOD WHO HEALS

You can learn a lot from a name, and that’s especially true of God. Throughout the Bible, God presents himself with different names. Each name reveals something important about God. One of the names of God is Jehovah-Rapha, “the Lord who heals.” Names are funny. We label people by their names. Our name somehow defines us even though most of … Read More

How Do I Forgive Someone Who Doesn’t Deserve It?

How Do I forgive someone who doesn't deserve it?

We know from the teachings of Jesus that forgiveness is necessary to the Christian life, but how does that perspective change when a person has deeply hurt you? What if they hurt someone you love, show no remorse, or do not believe they were even in the wrong? How can we learn to forgive someone who does not deserve it? … Read More