Why is there Suffering in the World?

I, like you, am no stranger to suffering. My mom died my senior year of high school. My sister died of breast cancer a couple years before that. She was 33. She left behind to young kids. My nephew got hit by a car and died when he was 16. …

Feeling Inadequate?

It is a common feeling this feeling of inadequacy. But we must move beyond it if we are to serve the Lord. We are inadequate. Accept it. Believe it. It will always be so. But also believe that God would not have placed you where you are, if He did …

Two Steps to Avoid Temptation

We are all tempted. Talking about it to people who love and know us well is important. I wrote about that here. How we deal with temptation is a huge indicator of our health and maturity as a Christian. Jesus lays out a simple two step plan to avoid temptation. …

What would you like to drink?

I have recently finished reading the major and minor prophets in the Bible. Their content is largely calling God’s people back to Him. They were written because God’s people had sinned; they had forsaken Him, the One who made them and loved them, and they were serving false gods, doing …

Wanna be in Full Time Ministry? Guess what?

I had the honour of speaking at a luncheon for church staff and lay leaders as a precursor to a conference in Ontario, Canada. In attendance at the luncheon was perhaps twenty or thirty Christian workers – some paid staff, most, I think, volunteers. My first question to them was “How …

Dealing with discouragement

What Not To Do When You Are Discouraged

Yesterday, CalvaryChapel.com ran an article I wrote about what to do when you are discouraged. In it, I talk about three things not to do and the one thing you need to do. Discouragement grabs all of us; if we’re not careful, it can choke us. John Trapp said, “Despair is Satan’s …

Need Some Comfort?

Comfort means to encourage. It comes from the Greek word, parakaleo which means “to come alongside of”. To comfort someone is to walk alongside of them during their difficulty. Sometimes, many times, it’s just being there. Words are not always necessary. Think about the times that you have been through a …