it was a privilege to capture this timely conversation with author and scholar, W. David O. Taylor and singer-songwriter Jason Gray, as they meet for the first time to explore the topics of Honesty and Community in their recent works. Together, David and Jason blaze a trail for us to find peace during this time of emotional and cultural turmoil. They are trusted guides as we navigate this season, and show us how it can ultimately lead us into deeper unity, trust, intimacy and delight with our Lord, Jesus Christ. … More Honesty and Community: A Conversation with David Taylor and Jason Gray
A Native American elder told his grandson about two wolves who live in every heart. One is Evil — anger, jealousy, pride, and selfishness. The other is Good — joy, love, peace, and humility. The grandson asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” His grandfather replied, “The one you feed.” While not exactly a biblical illustration, … More The Battle Within
Just as the sun shines its beautiful life-giving light upon the earth, so God shines into our hearts the light of His glory and His love. We were meant to have that light shining into and through our lives. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our … More Jesus – The Light of the World
Do you keep thinking about the mistakes and bad decisions you made in the past? Are there things that you keep thinking about, wishing you had done differently? Are there sins in your past that you remember with shame? We all remember the errors of our past occasionally and think about what we should have … More Forget the Past – The Future is what Matters
Our forgiving others is absolutely crucial to our physical and spiritual health. We cannot have a healthy relationship with God if we are holding a grudge against another person. It doesn’t matter if we are right and feel that we are justified to be mad at someone. Jesus stated the second most important commandment after … More Forgiveness
Yes, we can know without a doubt that we will spend eternity in heaven. First, we must understand that we are all sinners and none of us deserve heaven. The Bible tells us that because Adam sinned; sin and death entered the world. Because of that man’s sin, we are all born in sin. (Romans … More Can I be Sure I am Going to Heaven?
Because of God’s grace, we can stand before him, spotless and pure in his sight, regardless of our past.We are all sinners. Because of our human carnal nature, it is impossible for any of us to live sin-free.“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 … More Living Free in Jesus!
Hope is an expectation. To have hope is to look forward to some change that somehow improves our lives. And that expectant desire for improvement is universal. We all hope for something, and without hope, things can get dire. The Book of Proverbs tells us that “hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Proverbs 13:12). It’s … More Having Hope
So often my work is done quietly, behind the scenes, and that’s where I’ve found to have the best view, a front row seat, to watching the Lord at work. I’d like to brag on the Lord a little bit this morning, and share with you how I saw him caring for his church yesterday. I know many pastors, writers, artists, and speakers have been riding the waves of discouragement and adjustments this past year. Let this bring you hope and encourage you to hang in there. In spite of all of the turmoil of this season, God is still busy in our midst. This was refreshing to see… … More A Witness…God Caring for His Church
This is Grace Manor, an old home in north Minneapolis. I wonder what these old walls would say, if they could talk…how they would witness to God’s Grace. For the last 15 years or so, Grace Manor has been a temporary home to women recovering from addiction through Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge’s long-term treatment … More This is Grace.