Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

How to Deal with a Back-Stabbing Friend

In my opinion, the worst type of enemy is a back-stabber or anyone who betrays me, for that matter. I see trust as the cement to all relationships. Even in work relationships, there must be a level of trust and knowing someone has your back if there is going to be cohesiveness in the work place. Even more so in friendships and romantic relationships.

​ So here goes a HARD lesson today…are we called to “LOVE” the… … Continue reading

How I Cope with Being an Outcast

Recently, I was asked for advice about feeling like an outcast in school. I probably didn’t say the right thing, but I did say this: Better days are ahead. I also said that we can get mad at God about it. But you know what? You can’t criticize God for not understanding what it’s like to be an outcast. That’s one thing we can not do. He endured it.  In the very end he’s left… … Continue reading

If You Have Ever Dealt With Shame, This Open Letter is For You

Dear Todd, Shame is a sucky feeling. It wears uncomfortably, like a heavy wool coat on a hot summer’s day. Suffocating, it makes you run for cover but not for relief from the sun, you run to hide. Being seen like this is embarrassing and God only knows what “they” might think if you’re seen like this. Then it hits you…God knows. The shame then sinks its teeth ever deeper into your flesh and you run.… … Continue reading

5 Ways Jesus Taught Us How to Pray

“Pray continually.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 My niece is a senior in high school. In a few short months, she will walk in procession with the rest of her class to receive her diploma. It seems like yesterday she was a baby asleep in my arms. As a child, she loved to talk with me. She started the minute she saw me and continued until I left. She told me stories of her day, tattled on… … Continue reading

The Surprisingly Simple Lesson You Could Learn From This Jar

My wife loves this “things” jar in our bathroom. But all it does is literally sit there empty, all the while desperately yearning to be filled with something, anything! Or maybe I give it those emotions since I don’t understand why it just sits there empty. “It’s a part of the decor” she says as she walks on by. So I smile, pretend to understand and begin brushing my teeth. But today this little empty… … Continue reading

Can Christians Enjoy Both Santa And Jesus On Christmas?

We took popular Christmas songs and re-worked the words to process some issues we’re working through. (Here’s Bekah’s.) Santa Vs. Jesus by Wally Here comes Santa Clause You mean Satan Clause Hey that’s a little rude You’re trying to take my Christ out of Christmas Relax He was born in June Don’t you see without the Savior Christmas just isn’t right Just because I got an Xbox Doesn’t mean I don’t know Christ So why can’t Santa… … Continue reading

Yearning for the Undeniable God

A text to my radio show: I’m trying to hear God’s voice.  I’m trying to listen.  I’ve read that God is always speaking.  I want something that isn’t a whimper. Something personal. Something I cannot deny or doubt. Everything I believe says God wants the same thing. So what is the problem? I wish I knew your name. And I wish I knew your name because… my response would sound so much better. Bad news… … Continue reading

The “Rules” of the Show: A Guide for New Listeners

I meet people often who say, “You know, when I first heard you on the air, I thought you were (insert your own thing here, along the lines of “big sarcastic jerk”) but then I started to understand what you’re doing, and…” So I thought I’d write this.  You may still think I’m a big sarcastic jerk, but at least you’ll see what I was TRYING to do… A Guide for New Listeners: The Rules… … Continue reading

real Jesus

I sat in a coffee shop, much like I am now… much like I am often… waiting for the high school senior I was going to meet. While I waited, I spent my time productively – playing 94seconds and eavesdropping on the table next to me. After a few seconds, it was abundantly clear the guys at the table next to me were pastors. They talked about salvation, church membership, what their youth group was… … Continue reading