What Is Tithing And Why Does My Church Keep Talking About It?

If you’ve been attending a church consistently for longer than a few months you’ve probably heard your pastor talk about tithing, well… at least I hope you’ve heard your pastor talk about it. “Tithe” is a Bible word that is mentioned a lot in the Old Testament and minimally in the New Testament. The easiest […]

Praying With My Eyes Open

Praying With My Eyes Open

Don’t Compare Your Debut Album to Someone Else’s Greatest Hits.

You’ve probably heard the song “Hallelujah.” You know, the song that’s been covered by everyone from Bob Dylan and U2, to the man singing in the subway. There are literally hundreds of recorded covers of Hallelujah, but oddly enough no one ever seems to get sick of the song—It brings down the house every time. […]

Forgetful Faith and Answered Prayers

Digital Devotion – Forgetful Faith and Answered Prayers

1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him. I’m willing to bet you’ve experienced “The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon” many times in […]

Why Do Christians Only Follow Some Old Testament Rules?

Why Do Christians Only Follow Some Old Testament Rules?

Have you ever wondered why Christians dismiss certain Old Testament laws but cherish others? Maybe you’ve tried to have a conversation with someone about their lifestyle or behavior only to have a defensive accusation returned to you because you “only follow the parts of the Bible that are convenient.” Maybe you’ve had that conversation with […]

Am I Allowed To Pray About That?

Tell me if this sounds familiar to you. You’re sitting in your car waiting for the police officer to come back with your license and registration. Whether or not he gives you a ticket is a toss-up. At the moment, based on the fact that he didn’t smile when you attempted a small joke, you […]

How You Can Read The Bible From Cover to Cover in 2017

I want to help you read the Bible cover to cover in 2017. For years I tried to stay committed to a yearly Bible reading plan but fell behind on the weekend when my routine changed. After a few weeks of trying to catch up but falling farther behind, I would eventually quit. Finally, I […]

Why some prayers are answered and others are not

When you grow up as a pastor’s kid you learn how to pray out loud pretty quickly. You start out with the repetitious prayers, like “God is great, God is good,” or “Now I lay me down to sleep,” but over the years your prayers age with you.

Why My Pride Is Worse Than Your Sin

Recently, while someone was praying for dinner, my daughter peeked her eyes open to find me staring back at her. A shocked expression came over her face, and as soon as the prayer concluded she announced to the group, “Daddy had his eyes open during prayer!” I’m sure you’ve had this happen before, and you’ve responded […]

The Difference Between Remorse and Repentance

I can’t count the number of times I have prayed and told God, “I will never do (whatever) again,” only to reenact my old errors not long after my prayer. Luckily God has helped me to find freedom from the sins of my youth, but now new sins are fighting to find their way into my […]