Give Hope to Somebody Today

I met Tommy at a local coffee shop. He was playing solitaire – like, with an actual deck of cards. I sat down at a table next to him. He asked me what time it was. Then he asked what day it was. At one point he leaned over and asked if I had a calculator. I pulled out my phone and asked him what equation he needed to be solved. He said, “I want to know the exact amount of B25.”  I thought to myself, “I’m gonna need to turn my calculator… Read More

I Gave My Life to Jesus

I gave my life to Jesus Christ when I was five or six years old. Unlike many people who remember and can quote the exact day of their conversion, I was so young that I only remember the setting and the general details of that moment.  Because I was so young when I got saved, I sometimes questioned whether or not I had really understood the full weight of my decision to follow Jesus. Yet, I knew in my heart that, with all sincerity, I loved Jesus and wanted desperately to please… Read More

Loving People Who Don’t Deserve It

So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. (‭Luke‬ ‭20‬:‭20‬ ESV) A hard lesson I have learned, particularly as a leader, is that not everybody in my life is seeking my good. Peppered amongst the group of people who surround me – family, friends, church, etc. – there are people who seem sincere, but whose loyalties lie elsewhere. I can have a few different responses:… Read More

An Anchor for the Soul

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22, 23 NLT) At face value these words hold tremendous truth and encouragement for any believer; but when you understand the story behind them, Jeremiah’s words become an anchor for the soul. Jeremiah is often referred to as “the weeping prophet,” a fitting description of a man whose responsibility was to warn of the impending judgment of God, but whose heart grieved for the people to whom he prophesied…. Read More