What Does It Mean to Live with Heaven in My Heart?

What Does It Mean To Live With Heaven In Your Heart?

Let’s imagine you board an airplane for a three-hour flight. Out of the corner of your eye, you see a man doing something odd. He seems to be focused on the interior design of the area surrounding his seat. In fact, he’s actually decorating. He’s making his seat look awesome. He’s built a little ottoman to stretch out and relax. … Read More

Reimagine: How to Live Your Present in Light of God’s Future

Living in the Present In Light Of God's Future

Your life, your career, your ministry—all of it lies a thousand miles away as you sit alone in a one-room cell, praying to God that He would make sense of your present condition. Now, imagine God answers that prayer. Imagine God sends an angel to open the heavens and reveal the deep mysteries of what He’s doing in the world … Read More

Recall: How to Remember Our Past in Light of God’s Present

Recall: How to Remember Our Past in Light of God’s Present

Fifteen years ago, I watched helplessly as Alzheimer’s disease robbed my grandfather of his ability to recognize the people he loved most. As he slowly faded, I struggled to imagine a crueler way for someone to go than to lose his memory in that way. We are hardwired for remembering. God has given us minds capable of hanging onto the … Read More

Reorientation: How to Live as New Creatures in Christ

Orientation: How To Live As a New Creation In Christ

It’s midnight in San Antonio, TX. I’m lined up on a concrete pad with 49 other young men. We’re all dog tired—worn out from emotional goodbyes, invasive medical screenings, and a plane ride or two across the country. Before long, a 7-foot tall drill sergeant comes busting through the squadron door. His profanity-laden tirade isn’t fit for print, but the … Read More

Bring Everything You’ve Got: How to Imagine With All Your Heart

How To See With The Eyes Of Your Heart

Now that I Can Only Imagine is out, folks are beginning to wonder more and more about what imagination looks like in the Christian life. We’ve been looking at four ways to cultivate a Christian imagination. Some of those ways are: See the Bigger Picture Bring Everything You’ve Got Dare to Be Creative Redefine What’s Possible Today, I want to … Read More

How Do We Know The Tomb Was Really Empty?

How Do We Know The Tomb Was Really Empty? By City On a Hill Studio

I was a Sophomore in college, and it was Easter morning, but I didn’t care. I’d never been to church or even seen the inside of a Bible. I turned on the TV in my dorm room and heard a TV preacher talking about Jesus and using the word “evidence.” That Easter morning launched me into a month-long search for … Read More

Is It Possible to Be Too Broken to Be Redeemed?

While many of us have found redemption through Jesus, there are thousands of people in the world who think their life is too messed up for them to be loved and redeemed by God. As a pastor, I meet people like this nearly every week. One person who stands out in my mind is a guy named Ryan. Ryan was … Read More

Seeing The Bigger Picture Of God’s Plan

Seeing The Bigger Picture Of God's Plan By City On a Hill Studio

Since the movie, I Can Only Imagine hit theaters, I’ve had imagination on my mind quite a bit lately. For Christians, our ability to “see” the unseen is vital to our walk with the Lord in this world. But how we do that is anything but obvious. In a previous post, I mentioned four ways to revitalize our Christian imagination … Read More

What Bart Millard and His Mother Can Teach Us About Unforgiveness

What Bart Millard and His Mother Can Teach Us about Forgiveness

“Did Bart Millard ever talk to his mother again after she left?” That’s the question I asked myself after watching the film, I Can Only Imagine. When you’ve only got a minute of screen time to tell a years-long story, details can often be hard to find. Thankfully, Bart’s memoir fills in some of the gaps. When Adele (Bart’s mom) … Read More

Imagination: How to See With the Eyes of our Hearts

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Are mature Christians allowed to imagine, or is that something only children do? In today’s post, we make a case for a healthy Christian imagination. More than a simple escape, imagination is a gospel-drenched way to go deeper into God’s reality—to open the eyes of our hearts and see our whole world in the light of Jesus.