• Character,  Ministry,  Money Management

    God, I Might be a Control Freak

    I’ve never considered myself a “control freak.” I mean, the idea of change propels me into full-blown panic, complete with suffocating throat constriction, vomit-inducing knots, and heart palpitations that are convincingly heart-attack-ish…. And I will analyze a situation like Einstein analyzed relativity. It will keep me up at night. It will haunt my imaginations. It will loom over my mind for every moment of every hour… It will fill every shred of scrap paper within arm’s reach with scribbles depicting the pros and cons. I will live and breathe the fears and consequences, the potential outcomes, the wins and losses and the conundrums of every direction. I will be consumed.…

  • Ministry

    Children’s Book Release: WHO IS GOD?

    If there is one topic on this earth that I am passionate about, it is this: The Character of God. When I was little, a general guide to prayer was issued to my Sunday school class that has, in its simplest form, aided my prayer life ever since.  The tips learned back then were a useful tool for the lacking attention span of childhood and remain so with the weighty distractions of adulthood. The formula was simple. Worship, praise, intercede, request, worship. At some point, I inquired what the difference between worship and praise was. The answer seemed simple enough. Worship is thanking God for Who He is. Praising, is…

  • Character,  Ministry,  Uncategorized

    Unbearable

    “God will never put you through more than you can handle.” If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. These are words that glide off the vast majority of Christian tongues whenever calamity strikes. They are meant to encourage, and are spoken in all sincerity… The problem is… it’s just not true. I’m about to shatter some “holy grail” of Christian philosophy for a lot of people, but the scripture people are referring to actually says this: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;…

  • Character,  Ministry,  Prayer

    Are You Ready for Church?

    Comb your hair, straighten your tie and pull your suit jacket on. Strap on your heels, dust your hair with a final cloud of hairspray and take one last look in the mirror. Grab your purses, your Bibles, your keys and head out the door. You’re ready for church. But are you ready for church? It’s easy to forget the entire purpose of coming to the house of God. Our motive shouldn’t be fueled by an empty obligation to fulfilling the social protocol for being a Christian. We don’t go to church simply because that is “what we’re supposed to do.” The purpose of coming to church is to set…