Will He not carry this too?

Whatever this is.  Whatever kept you up last night.  Whatever made you dread today.  Whatever is threatening to swallow you whole.  Whatever pain pings you all day long.  His hands are mighty and trustworthy, waiting to hold it.  If He went to the cross for you, will He not also go through this with you?…

Come home.

Pain will try to twist you into something you’re not.  War against it. War against it with everything in you.  You feel unloved.  He is greater. His Word says He, Himself, is Love. (1 John 14:6). You feel abandoned.  He is greater. He says He‘ll never forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5). You feel unseen.  He is…

On Him, we have set our Hope.

If you feel the sentence of death today, you’re in good company.  Paul did too.  I don’t know what pain and brokenness—emotionally, physically, spiritually—you’re walking through, but I know you’re not alone.  In 2 Corinthians 1, Paul hammers out his grief. Do you despair life right now? “We were under great pressure, far beyond our…

A risk we cannot stomach.

A life that surrenders to Christ with certain terms is not a life surrendered to Christ. Do you love them only when they love you back? Do you give only to those you deem worthy to receive? Do you serve only those who are grateful? Do you sacrifice only when there’s glory to be had?…

You want to feel the love of God? Put it on.

Having trouble “feeling” the stirring love of our Savior? Sometimes feelings evade us. A long-lived faith will undoubtedly experience dry times.  Of course, our journey with Jesus is so much bigger than a feeling.  But like any love relationship, we can do our part; we can fan the flame.  So if you find yourself in…

We don’t get to decide what sacrifice is worthy.

Of course, a life sacrificed for Christ on any level is going to hurt. Death to self inevitably will because it wars against our carnal nature. But if we’re honest, don’t we want our sacrifices for Christ to be dramatic and seemingly meaningful and exponentially fruitful?  Put us on a stage in Madison Square Garden…

Be Strong. Take Heart. He’s Not Done.

If you’re reading your tattered Bible through tears this morning— If you feel like broken pottery— Psalm 31 puts words to our pain: -I’m in distress. -My eyes grow weak with sorrow. -I‘m forgotten.  -My strength fails.  -I‘m an object of dread to my closest friends. -I‘ve become like broken pottery. But Psalm 31 also…

Your pain is credibility for your Hope.

When people see you in pain, they will come closer.  And when they do, speak openly about your pain, so you can speak openly about your Hope.  It may be uncomfortable at first.  Am I somehow discounting the Hope I have in Jesus? No. A resounding no.  Honesty about your pain is credibility about your…

Security in Christ.

We‘ll become secure in Christ by staring at this list about as fast as we’ll become an Olympian by staring at a TV.  We need transformation. We need Jesus.  But my prayer is that this list can be a healthy check on our hearts because insecurity is a prison.  Our security in Christ has a…