Posts from September 2014

Christ is First

Checklists are a wonderful thing. Whether it’s a list of things to pack for a trip, tasks that need to be completed, or places you’d like to visit, there’s just something deeply satisfying about checking stuff off the list and eventually marking the last thing off and knowing you’ve done it. I wish there was a checklist for getting into heaven. I’m not alone in this desire either. There was a rich young man in the Bible who wanted one…

Identity in Christ

I once heard a Pastor say: “You can only think as highly of yourself as the most important person in your life thinks of you.” So if that person is an abusive, controlling, mean-spirited individual who constantly puts you down, you won’t think much of yourself. But if the person is kind, loving, and encouraging, always seeing the best in you, you will probably rise to that level. It’s a challenging statement because it means that others—good or bad—determine your…

Baptism

Some of the most meaningful moments in my walk with the Lord actually revolve around others. I’ve had plenty of “mountaintop” experiences with Jesus in my own life. Many of my most significant spiritual experiences revolve around worship with God’s people. My favorite concerts are the ones that actually become worship opportunities. David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher and Christy Nockels are all recent examples for me. We gathered to hear music from some of my favorite musicians, but ended…

A Personal God

Everyone is seeking God—some just don’t know it. God created you (and everyone else!) with an innate desire to know Him. You were created in His image, and therefore are seeking a relationship with Him on some level. Many people understand this and earnestly seek Him. Others are searching for something and can’t quite explain who or what that is. But on some level, everyone is seeking a relationship with God because that’s just how He made them. Unfortunately, Satan…