DON’T PUT GOD FIRST

Don’t put God first.   It’s a bold statement. What I’m suggesting you do is contrary to what many of us have heard all our lives: Put God first, then yourself, your wife (if you’re married), then your children or family, then your church… The order and contents of the list may be somewhat different […]

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STOP STUDYING THE BIBLE

Congratulations! You made it past the initial shock of this blog title. So before we go on, let it be known that I believe the Bible is God’s Word and that it is a vital piece of our faith and followership of Jesus Christ. However, I want to address a certain pandemic sweeping through churches […]

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ENDURANCE: HOW WE WIN

Running is not for the faint of heart. It requires focused determination to endure the rigorous demands on your body.   Growing up, I loved to run. I would choose Cross Country as my sport each year to stay in shape in between athletic seasons. I remember getting up before the sun would rise to […]

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FIGHTING FOR DUMMIES: A GUIDE FOR COUPLES

Let’s get this started off right: every couple fights. It doesn’t matter if you’re dating or married, or if you’ve been together six months or sixteen years. Arguments happen, and fights ensue. Guaranteed.   If you’re saying to yourself that you don’t fight as a couple, I’ll bet that one of you is suppressing feelings, […]

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LIVING IN LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL

Something happens to church culture on Easter Sunday. It’s one of the most pivotal days each year. You know – Easter baskets, egg hunts, the Kids Director getting back at your disobedient kid by sending him home hopped up on chocolate.    Maybe you look back and remember stiff Easter dresses that coordinate with all […]

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3 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT GOD AS A FATHER

In just a few months my oldest son, Sullivan, will be two years old. He has brought so much joy, laughter, and many sleepless nights to my house in this short time. Although I haven’t been a dad for very long, it’s easy to see how this role so clearly mirrors my relationship with God, […]

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WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?

A common question that comes up when we talk about what it means to believe and follow Jesus is, “Why did Jesus have to die?”   The short answer to this question is found in 1 Corinthians 15:3, where the Apostle Paul says, “Jesus died for our sins according to the Bible [emphasis added].” Jesus’ […]

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STRUGGLING TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN LYNCH VEGAS

Let’s take a poll. Do you think it’s harder to follow Jesus in Las Vegas or Lynchburg? The answer may seem obvious. Of course it would be difficult to be a Christian in a city where they proclaim, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” But unfortunately the answer is not that clear nor that […]

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