faith

Defining God by Circumstances

“You stand and fall by your definitions.” That’s something my friend and mentor Mike Wells used to say a lot. I’ve been working on a book about identity recently, and have realized how identity is really your definition of yourself. And this definition of yourself is often quite errant. We fall a lot because of…

You Want Me To Do What, God?

  I was reading this morning about when Saul (the guy who liked pulling Christians out of their homes and carting them off to jail) comes face to face with Jesus on the road (Acts 9). He’s headed to do more damage and is very determined to stamp out this crazy faction of Jesus followers….

Waiting on God

Sometimes I think about the story of Mary and Joseph and realize that I forget the reality of what it would have been like. This girl-woman is told by an angel that her whole world is shifting and won’t be what she had thought. She is going to be pregnant with the Savior (which is…

Religion Vs. Faith

I have been thinking a lot recently about the differences between religion and faith. So often in counseling, I talk with people who have been steeped in religion and can’t see Jesus because of all the religious garbage. Religion is when life is up to me. Faith is when life is up to God. I…

Is My Faith Enough?

And Jesus said to him, “’If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23 Sometimes as I contemplate the seemingly insurmountable obstacles ahead, believing that God is at work seems like a far-off dream. It is easy to let the “realities” of this world drown the faith in the supernatural work…

The Waiting

God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthian 1:9 I was thinking at Easter about the days between the cross and the resurrection and the excruciating nature of waiting. The people with Jesus had heard the promise (whether or not they believed it or…