Understanding God’s Heart for His Lost Children

Understanding God's Heart for His Lost Children

Years ago my wife, Jen, and I took our five-year-old son and two-year-old daughter to a big water park. The kind of water park that has huge kiddie pools, slides, and fun things like that. While my kids were going down one of the giant slides, my wife walked over to the other side of the pool to explore a … 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

Why Should I Believe That Jesus Rose From The Dead?

Why Should I Believe That Jesus Rose From The Dead?

I became a Christian despite coming from a non-Christian background. All of my friends were non-believers so learning to live a Christian life didn’t come naturally. Since then, I’ve discovered that being a Christian is a lifelong process that involves learning and acknowledging the truth about Jesus. Do You Have Doubts About The Bible? For over two decades I have … Read More

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

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

How Do I know God Has Forgiven Me?

How Do I know If God Forgives Me?

He was on a boat, headed for America when a massive storm rose up and began ravaging the boat. Immediately, he became scared out of his mind, frightened for his life, and started negotiating with God. “God, I can’t die. If you just let me live through this, I promise I’ll …” In the middle of his panic, he looked … Read More

9 Reasons People Don’t Believe In God

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When I look back on my pre-Christian days, I realize it wasn’t so much that I was an atheist as I was more just apathetic. I guess I was an apatheist. I didn’t believe in God, but mostly I didn’t care. Believing in God was irrelevant to me. Today, why people don’t believe in God is extremely important to me. … Read More

The Ministry of Restoration

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All we have to do is look around to see brokenness all around us. It’s the reality of the world we live in. But for as much brokenness that exists, we see just as many examples of God’s restoration. We can find hope in the fact that our brokenness isn’t the end of our story. Each Story Is Different Ryan … Read More