• Peace & Security

    The Key to Facing the Impossible

    When the waters of life start swirling around me, I often react by trying to taken more and more control over a situation. A problem arises and I want to squash it. Of course, I think I’ve got the perfect plan to do so. But in reality when I do this, my life starts looking like a very unsuccessful game of whack-a-mole. I’m hammering away at all of the problems popping up, but every strike misses the mark and I’m left a little more tired with each swing. And just like in a good game of whack-a-mole, I have become hyper focused on the object that I’m trying to hammer…

  • Praise

    He Chose You.

    For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.  – Ephesians 1:4 (NIV) He chose you. He chose you before He said ‘Let there be light’. He saw you. He knew you. He knew all the things that you would ever do. He knew that you would need a Savior. And having seen everything that would happen and all that it would require, He pressed play – with unrelenting, unfailing love – on all of creation and the entire history of the world and every future thing to come….He chose you.      

  • Learning about Jesus

    Scandalous Grace

    I can actually remember the moment in my life when I realized that there was more to this “grace thing” than met the eye. For a long time, I looked at it as this little baby-sized concept in the big picture of our walk with God. At one point, I remember it popped up in a sermon when I was in college. The preacher clarified, “mercy is not getting what you do deserve, grace is when we DO get what we DON’T deserve”. OK, check that box off, I’ve got it!  Mercy was forgiveness instead of guilt and punishment, but grace, in my eyes, basically equated to some kind of special…