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Forget About God’s Will for Your Life; Try This Instead.

I have expended more mental energy over the years than I want to admit asking the question, “God what is your will and plan for my life?” What if that is the wrong question? What if the amount of time we obsess over the future and our life direction is a distraction from God’s actual will for our lives? So what should we try instead?

“Walk by the Spirit…” Galatians 5:19

I am the sort of guy who loves to live in the future. I’m more comfortable imagining a picture of the future than giving every ounce of my energy to listening to the whisper of the Spirit in the present.

In the words of Francis Chan, let’s not be so preoccupied by our concept of God’s will, that we forget to walk by the Spirit TODAY. Listening to His voice for the day IS God’s will for your life and mine.

Attempting to Be More Grateful Won’t Help, But This Will…

Gratitude is no over-the-counter generic medicine; it is a prescription-strength super narcotic! Living in a consistent state of gratitude is proven to boost physical health, remove emotional toxins that affect psychological health,enhance empathy, reduce aggression, extend sleep cycles, build self-esteem, increase athletic capabilities, and sharpen the brain’s cognitive functions. Scripture says (more…)

The Single Best Way to Cultivate Gratitude in Just 2 Minutes

I opened up my email yesterday and found a note from an old friend. This wasn’t an inner-circle, best friend for years, but someone who crossed paths in important seasons of life with me. He wrote just a few sentences in his email, describing some specific ways that he was grateful for me. It took him two minutes. The impact of that note was weightier than I expected. (more…)

Is It Impractical Christian Idealism to Accept Syrian Refugees?

I’m a pastor and a peacemaker, but also a pragmatist. I want ISIS stopped in every corner of the globe – enough of the brutality, enough of the evil. I agree with the countless concerned American lawmakers and citizens, we must thwart foreign terrorists from sneaking through our borders and wreaking havoc within our own communities.

So, should we vote to accept 10,000 Syrian Refugees? (more…)