That First Gospel Message
The first sin and the first gospel message happened on the same day.
The Seriousness of Sin
People treat sin casually, even jokingly in this day and time, but God does not.
Whose Stuff is it Anyway?
Before you get angry when someone steals your things, ask yourself who really owns it.
3 Questions Christians Should Ask
Even though we’re made new through Christ, Satan tries to prevent us from living in victory.
An Ancient Soap Opera of Grace
Before you point your finger at someone else, take a good look at your own choices.
Why and How God is Calling You
The world will never understand the radical concept of surrendering your life to Christ.
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.
Most Important Question of Your Life
There’s nothing a human can do to enter heaven. It’s just a gift you willingly accept.
Telling Jesus’ Story and Taking Our Thoughts Captive – Part Six
Evil thoughts are part of our sin nature, but God provides a way to control them.
What is Grace? God’s Love When You Mess Up
When we accept the incredible gift of grace, we can see the freedom Christ came to give us.
The Middle Ground Between Condoning and Condemning Sin
How do I accept people without compromising the truth of God’s Word?
You Don’t Have to Quit Sinning Before You Come to Jesus
Is it possible that you are “saved” and in the family of God, but you are sinning and you don’t […]
Is There a Solution for the Racism That Divides Us?
What is the antidote for racism, prejudice, hate, ethnic nationalism and supremacy? First of all, there is no form of […]
Oprah, Lady Gaga, and Born That Way
So I just watched an interview Oprah did with Lady Gaga on her series Oprah’s Next Chapter, and I feel an […]
Showing Grace When the World Expects Judgment
Every conversation you get into is an opportunity to show people the grace of God that you’ve experienced in your […]
Proverbs: 31 Chapters, 31 Prayers
(Introduction to this 31-days-of-prayer is at https://lifeword.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=4425&action=edit The following are 31 chapter summaries, key verses, and prayers inspired by the […]
The Fruit of Anger is Almost Always Rotten
If you’ve been a Christian for a long time, you’ve probably heard two distinct ideas about anger: The first is that […]
He’s a Lying Pervert: Why America May Never be Great Again
(Originally written on Election Day 2016) It’s a big day. We, the people, are obsessed with figuring out what to […]
8 Ways to Conquer the Destructive Power of Fear: Part Three
It is true that fear has a destructive power in our life. But it is also true that faith in […]
6 Ways to Share Your Story With Non-Christians
(Read “How to Transition into ‘Gospel Conversations’ with Non-Christians” as it builds on this blog. https://lifeword.org/blog/how-to-have-gospel-conversations-with-non-believers/ As you peel back […]
Here’s One Way God Changes us Through our Children
I once read a story about a kid that started a lawn mower with the oil cap loose. The kid […]
This is How to Become a Sinner Saved by Grace
The image of a diamond is commonly used to show the multi-faceted reality of how sinners are saved by God. […]
Don’t Settle For an Average Life with an Average Purpose
There are only two ways to live life: Your way. God’s way. There is no third way. To put it […]
Moving Beyond Shame and Regret: Part One
Rick Warren recently wrote a great article about how Our Churches Should Be No Shame Zones. I’ve been surprised at the […]
The Truth About Fasting and 7 Ways to Do It
We’ve heard people say they are going to start a “fast,” whether for health reasons, for spiritual reasons, or maybe […]
Lessons From the Ultimate Traitor
Even if you’ve never read the Bible, you know who he is and what he did. Thesaurus.com lists Judas as a synonym […]
The Tough Decision to Give My Dog Away
It was that worst-case scenario: “What if our new-born son is allergic to our beloved dog?” On paper, it’s easy. […]
This is Why Satan Wants Your Soul
I suppose two mistakes can be made as you ponder Satan’s work in your life. While we can agree his […]
Sin Brings Pleasure – And That’s OK to Admit
Sin brings pleasure, but not satisfaction. It brings ruin, never flourishing. Disobeying God sounds good somewhere in the bowels of […]
“Prone to Wander, Lord, I Feel it”
In 1757 Robert Robinson, a self-proclaimed “wanderer,” wrote the penitent words of a poem we know today as the hymn […]
Rescue From Rebellion
A salvation story doesn’t have to be R-rated to be powerful. We may not all be saved from a life […]
Mike and Laura Beth: From Brokenness to Mending by the Potter
Mike: Sin and Brokenness “…Looking back, I see there was no actual desire to pursue the things of God… Nonetheless, […]
15 Things Your Pastor Does Every Week
It’s funny. I’m asked (as a pastor) at least once a month, “So, like, what do pastors do when it’s not Sunday?” […]
A Tattoo of the Cross
I had a conversation with a friend this week about tattoos. It got me thinking. She said… “I really want […]
The Gospel is Your Redo Button
Have you ever wished for a “Redo” button? Have you ever had a day that started off so completely on […]
Who is Jesus?
Jesus offered his life as a sacrifice for sin . . . the innocent paying the price of the guilty.
Static? Move Closer to the Tower
I hate static. Not like the kind that makes your clothes cling to you. I’m talking about static on the […]
“Just follow your heart.”
Every time I see that phrase tweeted or represented in a pretty meme of some kind, I want to yell, […]
I Never Dreamed
“I never dreamed” when I was a teen that my lifelong best friend would be murdered while sleeping in bed. […]
The Evil in This World
The most formidable problem against Christianity isn’t whether or not God exists, but rather, if he does exist, why he […]
Resurrection: The Burden of Proof
The conception and rise of Christianity in the first century was due to the resurrection of Jesus, and so profoundly […]