Quit Being So Hard On Yourself… Seriously!

Quit Being So Hard On Yourself… Seriously!
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What do the voices in your head tell you? And don’t even act like you don’t have voices. We all do! They show up at the most critical of moments- when are making a big decision or stepping out of our comfort zone to live out our purpose.

That’s when these little annoying voices show up, and I know exactly what they tell me!

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You’re not good enough.

You’ll never succeed.

You’ll never meet your potential.

You’re just going to fail… Again!

Do any of those sound familiar? Man, I hear those ALL of the time, especially that last one. “You’re just going to fail, again!” (more…)

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Your Storm Will Pass and the Dawn Will Come

I can remember the calmest day I’ve ever seen in my life. I remember this day because it came after the worst storm I have ever experienced.

I grew up 30 minutes outside of Indianapolis, Indiana, and we had two things: corn and tornados. For some crazy reason, I decided to go to college in Pensacola, Florida. I packed my bags and headed South in the Fall of 1995. Two months later, Hurricane Opal hit Pensacola. I lived my entire life in tornado country and less than two months after moving from home, I get hit by a category 4 hurricane!

Some guys have all the luck.Hurricane_Opal

For about 14 hours, 80 guys were crammed into the hallway on our dorm’s floor. It pretty much sucked. But outside, the storm was raging. A few weeks later, I went down to Pensacola Beach, and it was a devastated. They used heavy machinery to pile up the pavement and other debris. The piles were at least 15-20 feet high for as long as you could see. This was a serious storm, and I had never seen anything like it.

As bad as the storm was, as an 18-year-old kid in his first semester of college, I only had one thought on my mind… No classes tomorrow! I was looking forward to an extra day off to do whatever I wanted to do.

But the “no class” announcement never came. Actually, all classes were scheduled, even my first period P.E. class (I was a freshman!). I was not happy about it. The field was going to be soggy, and it was going to be a crappy day.

Then I walked outside. (more…)

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It’s Ok To Have Doubts About Your Faith

I’m a skeptic. I have a hard time taking things at face value, especially in today’s culture. If I get an email from my bank or Paypal about my account, I never click the links. I delete the email and then open up a second window on my own. If I read a story online, I fact check it to make sure it isn’t a hoax. Why? Because most of them are! In a world where everyone has an opinion and they can share it easily with the rest of the world, it creates doubt.

Faith is no different. 

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it!”

I’ll be honest, that person worries me. Listen, I believe the Bible. I believe the Bible is the Word of God and doesn’t merely contain the Word of God. But I came to this conclusion after years of study and personal discovery. Simply believing something just because “it’s in the Bible” is nothing more than blind faith.

And blind faith is weak faith.

Faith is at the core of the human soul. This is important stuff, no matter what you believe. You may be reading this and not believe in Jesus, God, or the Bible. I respect that… If you came to these conclusions on your own. Whether you are a Christian or not, I don’t think we should simply believe something because it is what our parents believed.

Or what we learned in school.

Or what a friend told us our freshman year of college.

Question Everything

I think this phrase is feared in a lot of churches. It shouldn’t be. I want to question things. I work in a church as a youth director, and I challenge my students to question everything. Doubt is ok. Questions are healthy. (more…)

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Faith is more than a Sitcom Religion

Danny Tanner was the perfect dad. He cooked, he cleaned, and he still made time for some amazing family adventures. He was kind and calm. He could cook dinner, help with homework, and finish your little sister’s craft project… all at the same time. No matter what was going on in life, he always had the right answer.

The problem, of course, is that Danny Tanner wasn’t real. Every Friday night, Full House came on our T.V. fullhouseAnyone remember TGIF! I was a Perfect Strangers fan, myself. But my sister loved Full House. And looking back, I can’t blame her. It was 30 minutes of pure magic. The Tanner family had more fun than any real family, ever! And best of all, they had Danny as a dad. Each and every week, one of the girls would have a life-altering crisis. But just a hug and a few words from Danny Tanner and everything was perfect. This happened every single week. No matter how bad a situation was, it was resolved by the end of every show. From heartache to joy in under 3o minutes.

Sadly, this how we want to approach our faith. (more…)

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Awake, Equip, Empower (Sand Motion Art)

For years, I served at a church called The Crux in Fishers, Indiana. I truly loved this church. When I was going through some of the most difficult stuff of my life, this church welcomed me in. The pastor, the staff, and the people showed me that God…

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Telling God What to Do (The Real Story of Palm Sunday)

Palm Sunday is a day known for celebration, pageantry and pomp and circumstance. Every year, the Sunday morning service kicks off with parents frantically trying to get that perfect picture of their child waving palm branches down the center aisle. The band always plays a little bit louder on…

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What is the Bible?

What is the Bible?
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Coach Vince Lombardi is a legend in the professional football world. He won the first two Superbowls and the trophy is named after him today. He coached some of the toughest and most skilled football players of his time. But every season, he began his opening day speech the same way. Lombardi would stand in front of these battle-tested champions in silence, surveying the room. Finally, he would raise his arm, ball in hand, and methodically say, “Gentlemen, this is a football.”

When it comes to Faith, it is easy to get caught up in all the things we are supposed to do- pray, go to church, be kind, don’t do this or that. But really, that is just learning how to live out our Faith. If we want to learn about the core of our spirituality, we would have to start with the Bible.

But what is the Bible?

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Does that sound like a stupid question? We know what the Bible is, right? Of course, those football players probably knew what a football was, too. But when was the last time you really thought about the Bible? I am not talking about the last time you opened it or read it. Let’s take a step back. What is this thing we hold in our hands? (more…)

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Does Your Faith Seem Confusing?

Do you remember Far Side comics? They were filled with animals talking, especially cows and giant insects. And they were hilarious! I was always amazed that they could cram so much humor into one little comic window. If you aren’t familiar, take a minute and go here (I’ve done the hard work for you of putting Far Side into Google Image Search. You’re welcome).

One of the classic Far Sides is a student pushing on a door.FarSide All he wants is to get to school on time! So he is pushing with his whole body. Except the door says “pull”. Oh, and the sign out front says “school for the gifted!

I don’t know about you, but this comic feels a lot like my faith sometimes! I‘ve been doing this Christian thing for a long time. I’ve gone to church. My parents took me to Sunday School. I have degrees in this stuff. I feel like I am attending the Christian school for the gifted. I have a lot of head knowledge.

But when it comes to living out my faith in the real world, I feel like I am pushing on a door that says pull. Have you ever felt this way? Things don’t quite go the way I expect. I think I have all the right verses and know all the right answers. But then life shows up, and I flunk the quiz.

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Being Right isn’t the Most Important Thing

Over the past few days, I’ve written several times about the movie Noah. (You can read it here, here, and here.)

And this has really gotten me thinking about a much larger issue.

This issue is hurting the Gospel. This issue is destroying the reputation of the Church. This issue is building walls between Christians and our culture. The issue?

Being right.

Please hear what I am about to say and give it some serious thought….

Being right is not the most important thing. Or second. Or even third. (more…)

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