How We Can Experience Being Filled with the Holy Spirit

By , Contributing Writer| March 13th, 2019|

Understanding Being Filled While "being filled" is a common expression, when it refers to the Holy Spirit, the co-equal, co-eternal third member of the triune Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), it has some very far-reaching implications for our lives. We fill our vehicle tanks with fuel, our glasses with water, our stomachs with food. [...]

What It Means to Be Generous

By , Contributing Writer| February 20th, 2019|

A Matter of the Heart In Mark 8, Jesus tells His disciples about His impending suffering, death, and resurrection. Peter, unable to even begin to comprehend something so terrible, takes Jesus aside, seeking to correct His "misunderstanding" of future events. But to Peter's surprise, Jesus tells Peter he's taking his cues from Satan and "seeing [...]

Finding Our Calling and Purpose

By , Contributing Writer| January 30th, 2019|

Oftentimes, we hear the words calling and purpose in church, but we do not always understand what they mean. How can we discover our calling and purpose? How do we know if we are really living out our calling and into our purpose? Hearing the Call When I was fifteen years old, I responded to [...]

Why It’s Important to Share Our Stories

By , Contributing Writer| January 3rd, 2019|

Each of us has a story, an unraveling history spotted with shame, regret, and disappointment. Even though it can be difficult, when we share our stories, they become an invitation to allow others to know us more intimately, to understand us with more clarity, and to liberate us on levels we never imagined possible. Why [...]

What I Learned Through the Pain of My Most Difficult Moments

By , Contributing Writer| November 8th, 2018|

Facing the Pain of Divorce It was the most painful season of my life. Despite my pleas to stay, my wife of more than twenty years left me for another man. My heart was broken, leaving me emotionally, physically, and financially spent. I was a staff pastor, but I couldn't continue to serve the church [...]

What Do You Expect When Facing the Storms of Life?

By , Contributing Writer| September 9th, 2018|

The summer following my college graduation, my wife and I did an internship at the church she attended growing up. We stayed with her parents, so our expenses were minimal, and we were excited the church was paying us $75 a week. After we'd served a number of weeks, a couple in the church offered [...]