My Birthday Prayer

Today is my birthday and each year makes me thankful for the past year and encouraged for the next year.  Since it is my birthday I thought I would share one of the prayers I prayed from the Valley of Vision.  It is a fitting prayer as I mark another year of life. Year’s End O […]

How to Read the Bible for Yourself – Part 2

How to Read the Bible for Yourself – Part 2

This is part two of “How to Read the Bible for Yourself”. To check out part one of click here. 7. Develop the Daily Discipline of Spending Time with God This is often called a quiet time. It doesn’t matter what you call it but you need to form the habit of daily spending time […]

How to Read the Bible for Yourself – Part 1

How to Read the Bible for Yourself – Part 1

There is nothing more important to the health of a Christian than a regular and consistent intake of the Scriptures. It is so important to spiritual vitality that I would go to say that it is near impossible to grow in Christ-likeness without the Word of Christ. However, every Christian knows the importance of reading […]

Pragmatism vs the Power of God

Pragmatism vs the Power of God

One of my greatest temptations is to begin to rely on pragmatism rather than on the power of God. In a day and age where efficiency and productivity are virtues, it is difficult to resist the cultural pleasure to begin to make pragmatism a god. Yet, the Christian must resist this impulse to rely on […]

How to Foster a Culture of Vulnerability in Your Church

How to Foster a Culture of Vulnerability in Your Church

Vulnerability is frightening. There is nothing more uncomfortable than being exposed in our sin or confessing it to others.  We feel the pressure to hide our true selves, even from the church.  There is nothing worse than encountering a fake. Yet, as we look around our churches there are many who force smiles and hide […]