Should I Forgive the Inexcusable?

God’s grace astounds me. Here’s what I know: 1. I did nothing to earn God’s favor either by my performance or my existence (Romans 3:23). 2. God, in spite of my rebellion and sin, made the first move to end the hostility I began (Romans 5:8-10). 3. God has now forgiven my sins (past, present, and future) because I admitted I sinned and asked him for forgiveness (1 John 1:8-9). 4. Now the only thing he requires is that I in turn forgive others. Continue Reading...

Where Do You Get Your Bread?

During the last few months, my wife and I have been in the middle of a crazy spiritual trust exercise with God. You can read more about it here. Basically, God said “Move!” and then said, “Oh yeah, by the way, I’m not telling you where you’re going, what you’re doing, or how you’re going to provide for your family.” It was not fun, but God is growing and pruning us. Continue Reading...

Are You in Control?

Admitting I am not in control, or that I have no control, frustrates and challenges me to the core of my being. It leaves me feeling hopeless, powerless, incapable, and utterly useless. It’s pretty much the worst set of feelings in the world. When I face the death of a friend, I feel out of control. When I have financial struggles because of a dozen unexpected problems, I feel out of control. When my health starts to fail and the doctors can’t explain the problem, I feel out of control. This first line in Jesus’ exemplary prayer teaches us how to deal with these feelings. Continue Reading...