How Do I Forgive?

Lately I’ve been asked by a few people, “How do I forgive?”. It’s a fair question when you consider that many people have experienced betrayal, abuse, slander, or neglect from people they once trusted. When I hear this question I understand more clearly what people are asking. They’re not asking, “How do I forgive?”. They’re really asking, “How do I not feel angry or hurt anymore?”. People sometimes make the mistake of equating feelings with forgiveness. They’re two different things. Some might even be asking for God to take the pain away. Here’s the blunt truth: He won’t! Why? The […]

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Las Vegas Shooting: 5 Ways To Process Evil

So how do you process negative news? Racism, senseless murders, injustice, inequality, poverty, etc? Today, thinking about the mass shooting which took place in Las Vegas, I’m concerned about how people will be affected for years to come. People will begin processing and recovering from this horrific shooting, but exactly how? We will move forward, one way or another. But exactly how we move forward is the question. I’m not here to give you a magical solution that will solve all the evil in this world. But here’s my advice as to how to process these things. 1. Understand that […]

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Living Free From Distraction

I confess, many times I find myself battling distraction. I, like you, have so many things coming my way. Learning what I should give my attention to isn’t always easy. I’ve gotten a lot better at it.  I’ve learned how to say, “No”, how to say “Yes”, and how to say nothing at all. Knowing how to use your no’s, yes’s, and silence is really the key. Who better to learn from than the Master Himself, Jesus! Jesus was often presented with opportunities. Sometimes He declined, sometimes he accepted, and there were other times He said nothing. He said “No” […]

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Have you really forgiven yourself? Here’s how to know for sure

Are you secretly condemning yourself? I’m sure you have heard of the notion of forgiving yourself, but what does that actually mean? A young lady shared with me how she was going through a tough time. She experienced the death of her dad and was wondering if it was due to her not being “right with God”. It was then that I was reminded of the importance of knowing a few things about forgiveness and forgiving yourself. So here’s a 12 question test to see if you are secretly condemning yourself: 1) If something bad happens to you do you […]

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My Family Issues

I’m in the middle of a sermon series called “Family Matters” and I gotta say, it opened my eyes to how disconnected I was to some of my family members. That’s the beauty of just being “the messenger”; sometimes the message is for you too. So let me share something with you about my own family. We got issues! We are not always the closest. We love each other, yes! If there was a critical emergency we’d be there for one another, definitely! But how close are we? How vulnerable are we to one another? Let’s just say there’s work […]

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Decline the invitation

I must admit I’ve never been prone to depression. In fact I’ve sort of been baffled by how people get depressed. I never understood what was so hard about shaking off depressed feelings and deciding to just be happy. Well, I kinda get it now. Earlier this year I was in my living room sitting on the couch, thinking. My thoughts were very random. I was reflecting and evaluating my life; i.e whats going right, whats going wrong, what next, blah blah blah… This is actually quite normal for me. But this night something happened that wasn’t normal. I felt […]

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Trusting God’s word to you

Do you believe God’s word? Is it something you can bank on? When God speaks, is there ever a hidden motive? These might sound like silly questions but in reality they are not. Many people question God’s word. Even when they know God has clearly spoken to them, they struggle with trusting Him. Some people believe that He exists but doubt that they can trust Him with all of their life. Some are uncertain that He really cares or has good intentions towards them. The truth is that He cares for us (more than we can even comprehend) and He […]

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Do you know the difference between knowledge, wisdom, & understanding?

(Day 2 of 31 Days of Wisdom) “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;” Proverbs 2:6 Here we see the Lord is not only the giver of wisdom but also of knowledge and understanding. But what is the difference between wisdom, knowledge, and understanding? Knowledge is facts. Wisdom tells you what you should do with those facts. Understanding tells you why you should do them (allowing you to identify cause and effect). When we have knowledge, wisdom, and understanding flowing together we experience great grace in our lives. Here’s a common example of how knowledge, […]

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Enjoying God, Again

I’m enjoying a series that I haven’t even preached yet! It’s called Enjoying God, Again! You see I was all ready to start the series with Life Church this past Sunday but then something happened during the service. We were winding down our worship and it seemed like we were just going to move along in the service. But then Celeste Charles, who is our Worship Team Leader, got up and gave a simple exhortation, and then it happened! Something that only happened once in my life; I felt the physical presence of God so strong that it pulled me […]

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