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

“You need to go to this sex addiction and issues group.” My friend was insisting, but I wasn’t understanding. I had lots of problems, but sex issues weren’t amongst them. “The main idea of the group,” my friend explained again, “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

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 love, why then, is it so hard for us to love those who have wronged us? The Girl With a Broken Life My favorite philosopher is Soren Kierkegaard and, years ago, he told this parable‚Ķ Imagine a … Read More

The Heart of the Matter

The Heart Of The Matter at City on a Hill Studio Blog

As humans, we tend to believe that we are stronger than we really are. We tend to lean on our own understanding and depend on our own strength. We are usually slow to acknowledge God, so it’s not surprising when we get confused and question those things we don’t understand. The heart of the matter is that we resist trusting … Read More

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