Unfearing

I constantly see two kinds of fear in church leadership. First is the fear of failing God, of never performing well enough for Him, which values principle and conformity over intimacy and identity.  Principles are good, and needed, but a ministry based primarily on regulations makes for lousy relationships. That kind of fear begins by …

An Unburdened Life

I want an unburdened life. And I want one for you, too. Not an ignorant, apathetic, or lazy life. Just the opposite, a life of purpose, intentionality, and perseverance. But there's a big difference between persevering in freedom and trudging under burden. In the love and liberty of Jesus, there is a life free from …

Rise

Are you ready to rise? Not in judgment or retribution, but to walk with Jesus and do what He is doing. "Near the time He would be crucified and rise again, Jesus set His mind to go to Jerusalem, and wanted to go through Samaria to get there. The Samaritans of a village wouldn't receive …

Heart and Head

You can't reason with your head what God has intended to be perceived by your heart.  Psalm 27 says, "When You said, 'Seek My face', my heart responded to You. I would be lost if I did not know in my heart I would see Your goodness here, in the land of the living."  Your …

Changing Direction

Usually the only times you hear the word "repent" are in judgment or sarcasm. The word makes you think either of angry, sweaty, polyester-suited preachers, or of the reality-challenged guy with the sandwich board sign. The word has come to be understood in our culture as "be exactly like me or else". The word is …