When we read the first verses of the Word of God, we see that in the beginning, there was absolutely nothing. God created the world and the universe out of nothing—there was literally nothing but void and darkness. If God could create such beauty and wonder out of nothing, just imagine what He could create in the midst of what He has now. There was nothing then, but now there’s a church and there are young people who have faith and know how to worship.
There are people who know how to sing and play the songs of Zion that give honor and glory to God. Just imagine what more God can create and do with what He has now! If we would just let God be God and move and speak into our lives, we would see such great … Read More »
What does it look like to have faith? How do we get the kind of faith Jesus mentions when He grabs that little child and coaches His disciples on the necessity of childlike faith? While we wrestle with our day-to-day issues, it can seem overwhelming to consider a faith that moves mountains. After all, we are normal people with normal lives and that sort of thing just seems a bit out of reach.
In Mark chapter five we find the story of the bleeding woman. Mark tells us she had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. It is heartbreaking that this woman didn’t just feel awful and weak from the unending trial, but she also was left to deal with the social consequence of an issue she never asked for. She was considered unclean by law, meaning that anything … Read More »
From the very beginning of time, Satan has been deceiving and polluting the minds of anyone he possibly can. Like never before, our generation fights a grueling battle of depression, anxiety, addiction, insecurity, and much more. The devil acknowledges that these are frequent stumbling blocks and uses them to bring down young people. He studies you and notices the obstacles you have faced in the past. If you struggle with self-worth, the enemy will whisper words of despair and speak lies into your life. He will begin making comments such as, “You will never amount to anything. You’re not beautiful enough. You’re not worthy of being loved.” And he’ll whisper anything else he can get you to believe. If he has the satisfaction of seeing your relationship with God plummet, he is encouraged to continue the belittling and deceit.
Satan … Read More »
It is no secret that young adults today have more opportunities and avenues to accomplish goals or fulfill dreams than prior generations ever had. Access to instant information, instant connections, and massive audiences are just a few. Today’s young adults are entrepreneurs, creatives, and make-it-happeners.
We are all in various places fulfilling those dreams. Some of you reading this now are on the cusp of taking that first step. Others are right in the middle of it and you are just rockin’ it. These dreams range from a dream job, a creative endeavor, an educational accomplishment, or a ministerial calling.
I recently made the decision to head back to school and finally finish my degree. It was a tough decision. There were all these factors and other commitments to consider—my relationship with God, my family’s needs, and work and ministry commitments. In … Read More »
In about a month we will once again celebrate Easter. This is a time of remembrance and sorrow followed by immense rejoicing. I have always loved this time, even before I really grasped the true meaning of it. The spring weather, the family gatherings, and the love felt all around. Mixed in is the miracle of it all. Lately I have found our faith is often cultivated in the waiting.
Jesus was crucified for my sins and yours, buried, and three days later rose again. We rightfully put extreme focus on His death and resurrection but what about what happened in between? What was going on in that three-day waiting period? The answer in short is nothing and everything.
For three long days, the guiltless Christ rested in a grave. He lay there still and blameless, wrongfully accused, yet without regret. … Read More »