For four months at the end of 2017, I chose a theme to focus on in my blog, newsletter, and other downloadable resources. This page is especially for subscribers, with access to more resources for helping you grow in your faith and find true hope. Take a look around and be sure to download the guides, memory cards, and other printables to use to explore these themes.
How do you continue in faith when so much of life keeps changing?
Our four-week series, Keeping the Faith, will explore how change and transformation play a critical role in the story of redemption. We’ll also look at the ways we respond to change in our lives and how they can either make or break our faith.
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September 27, 2017
Change does have the potential to throw us off the narrow path of faith. But change also can be the thing that propels us forward toward greater faith. Read more
September 20, 2017
Despite the difficult changes you are enduring even now, don’t be drawn away from your loving Father. Read more
September 13, 2017
Could it be that God made us for change? Read more
September 6, 2017
Nothing stays the same but Jesus. But even he can feel like a stranger when so much has changed. Read more
If our faith has changed so far, who’s to say it won’t change again?
Our four-week series, A Change of Heart, will explore all the ways that what we believe changes, grows, and varies over the years. I want us to move beyond regret but also pride, or the sense that we’ve finally arrived, not only so we can deal more kindly with ourselves, but also so we can be people who accept that others are on the same journey.
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October 25, 2017
The best way to remain humble and open is to take the stand you feel best demonstrates your love for God and others. Read more
October 18, 2017
I’m not saying we shouldn’t believe in things. But know this: the stand you take today might not be the one you’ll wish you’d taken 20 years from now. Read more
October 11, 2017
We go to the Bible looking for something, and we can come away with principles and wisdom that the Holy Spirit can use to help shape our beliefs. Read more
October 4, 2017
It’s not always easy to face who we’ve become, especially if it’s so different than what we had planned. Read more
How can we be thankful now in the midst of so many hard things?
Our four-week series, Thanks in All Things, will explore how we can experience gratitude in both the ups and downs of life. When life brings us happy changes, it’s easy to be thankful. But in the hard changes, the kind that bring suffering and loneliness and despair and even death, gratitude often is the last thing on our minds. We may not be ready to give thanks for the hard seasons or the difficult trials, but can we move closer to gratitude in the midst of them? Can we see even a glimmer of God’s goodness in the midst of all that’s hard and heavy?
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November 29, 2017
How can we move from coarseness to gentleness in a world full of tell-it-like-it-is bullies? Gratitude changes the discussion. Read more
November 22, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving. Among my many gratitudes during this reflective season is a deep and abiding thankfulness for you. Read more
November 15, 2017
If we follow Paul's plan of prayers and petitions + gratitude, we’ll receive something far greater than worry. It will lead to peace. Read more
November 8, 2017
We give thanks in our brokenness to restore a vision for God’s work in our lives when all else seems lost. Read more
November 1, 2017
Why do we need to be thankful in those most difficult of times? Read more
How long, oh Lord? How long will this season of waiting go on?
Over and over again in the Bible we find people waiting for God to lead them, heal them, rescue them, or answer them. How these same people respond to the waiting often signals what they believe about who God is and how he’s at work in their lives. Throughout December, in the month of Advent when we reenact the Messianic waiting that defined so much of Israel’s history, we’re going to talk about what we can learn about waiting in our own lives. Sometimes we’re fearful in our waiting and don’t act when we know we should. Other times we forge ahead without waiting long enough, wrongly believing we’ve heard from God or have the answers ourselves. But when we walk with God, we wait in obedience, perseverance, and especially hope.
Thank you for being a subscriber! Use this landing page to keep track of new theme posts as they are published, as well as download the latest printables, including Bible memory or encouragement cards and special prayer cards to help you as you wait.
December 27, 2017
We wait and believe along with the faithful heroes in Hebrews 11, even to this day. This is Advent waiting. This is hope. Read more
December 20, 2017
I want to be more like Noah, who just kept doing what God said, and more like Simeon, who kept showing up day after day, letting the promises of his God fuel his passion for life. Read more
December 13, 2017
Waiting is a tempest. If you are prone to fear, you should run immediately for cover. Do what God’s calling you to. On the other hand, if you are more often the fool who rushes in, plan to hunker down. Wait out the storm. Read more
December 6, 2017
How do we move forward? How do we act when fear holds us back? Read more
Sometimes, we need more change … the kind that happens from the inside out.
Often, change is a thing that happens to us. Whether we choose it or not, our circumstances are always evolving. We earn a promotion, we receive a diagnosis, we have an accident, we get married, we become parents. But with all the external changes happening to us, we experience just as much change inside us. We learn, we grow, we adapt. Or not. Often, the change we need the most, the change that happens inside, is the change we most resist. And for most of us, simply waiting for our circumstances to force transformation is not enough. We actually need to create personal change in order to become who God has made us to be. In this series, Welcome Change, we’ll talk about how to make change happen in our lives where we need it most.