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 totally relevant 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

4 Reasons I Chose To Believe In God

4 Reasons I Believe In God

I didn’t grow up going to church, or reading the Bible, or learning about Jesus. I’m not sure exactly what the “furthest thing from being a Christian” is, but I may have been it. I didn’t believe in God and I didn’t care. At the age of 20, I picked up a Bible for the first time. I had no … Read More

6 Steps For Christians To Keep Their New Year’s Resolutions

6 Steps For Christians For Keeping New Year's Resolutions

Many of us are skeptical when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions. We may dismiss them altogether. But perhaps we shouldn’t. A new year gives you the feeling of a fresh start. That’s why a lot of people make New Year’s Resolutions. But maybe you’re pessimistic when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions. Perhaps you’ve made some and not kept … Read More

How a Sex Addiction Group Helped Me Forgive My Father

How A Sex Addiction Class Helped Me Forgive

I had lots of problems, but sex issues weren’t amongst them. “You need to go to this sex addiction and issues group.” My friend kept insisting, but I didn’t understand why. “The main idea of the group,” my friend explained, “is to forgive your parents. Most sex issues and addictions stem from issues with a parent. This group will help … Read More

How To Reveal God’s Love To Those Who Need It Most

Attempting to reveal God’s love to this broken and busy world has never been easy. I have two pastor friends, Greg and Alex, who created a fun and crafty way of illustrating the history of God’s relationship with people. The smiley face with the halo represents God. Our story originates with God because He encompasses what life is all about. … Read More