An Open Letter to the Educated

The educated have been an immense blessing in my life. I’m not talking about the formally educated with the diplomas. I’m talking about the Scripturally educated and those who use their diplomas for the purposes of God. I’m grateful for these people. People more mature in their faith have poured hours of investment into me and by God’s grace and power, I stand on their backs.

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God’s Character Doesn’t Change in Your Suffering

A while ago, I went through a pretty consistent period of depression. It was the lowest my life had been since I was in drug and alcohol treatment in 2012. It was difficult for me to reconcile the goodness of God and the gospel as I felt miserable on a consistent basis.

A good friend of mine really challenged me during this time. One, he helped me to realize that much of my suffering was self-inflicted. Depression isn’t always this way, but in this case, it was. Second, he told me to quit beating myself up and focusing on “what was wrong with me” and begin thinking about “what is right about God”. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this was a turning point for me in coming out of depression. So with pen in hand, I popped open my journal, and here’s what hit the pages.

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Everything

As if verses 28-30 weren’t already one of the most precious and comforting promises we can cling to as believers, Paul keeps piling on the goodness of our Heavenly Father in verses 31-32.

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Conforming Glory

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.  – Romans 8:28 (CSB) I love that verse.  It was my grandpa’s favorite verse.  He had a wooden plaque with that verse etched in it.  That plaque now hangs in my office, and […]

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Treasuring the Word

I love thinking of Bible study as digging for treasure. When I do, it causes me to think through three things: proper tools, the act of digging, and reflecting on the value of the treasure I find. My hope is to give you a place to start when it comes to reading your Bible and how you can begin exposing yourself to God’s Word regularly.

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Approaching Sundays: During

So, you’ve prepared to gather together with the Body of Christ on Sunday morning.  You’ve spent time in the passage that will be preached on.  You’ve spent time in prayer.  You’ve prioritized the Sunday gathering in your schedule.  And now it’s Sunday morning. Now what?  Now that you’re gathered together with other believers, how should you approach that time together?

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