Chris

The Heartbeat

For many years while in ministry, I was focused on devoting all of my energy, all of my talents, and all of my gifts into creating a good work structure and sound policies and guidelines. But over the last 10 years, I have come to see that structure and policies are not enough for spiritual breakthrough. One day not too long ago, I was praying and reflecting on my desire to see more breakthroughs…

Slinging Mud

When I was a kid I remember playing in the dirt and mud with my Tonka trucks. Those times were fun because there was something great about getting dirty. I also remember that sometimes my friends and I would have mud fights, and while I valiantly tried to win the "war" by escaping mudsling after mudsling, I often came home covered in mud. Today I no longer play with trucks in the mud with friends…

Total Forgiveness

Does unforgiveness affect us as believers? I think for many of us we would agree that it does. So then why is it hard to forgive some people?  As someone who has harbored unforgiveness towards others more times than I care to admit, I know this is still an area of growth for me. 

Sometimes I find it more comforting to hold on to the offense then to walk away from the disappointment, anger,…

The Bridge

As I look back on the beginning stages of my pursuit of purity, I recognize that there were times that I would respond to temptation almost immediately. I would give no thought as to the consequences of my potential choice, no thought to reaching out for prayer, no thought whatsoever. I felt tempted so therefore I compromised. One lesson that I learned was how to pause before acting out on tempting…

Keep Pursuing

I am always being challenged in my walk to pursue greater maturity that reflects Christ in all that I do, whether in a public or private setting. I believe that the pursuit of greater spiritual growth is not dependent upon my feelings but upon His command to FLEE immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18), be STRONG in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10), and PURSUE righteousness (2 Timothy 2:22).

We can only…

More Than A Feeling

Over the last few years, I have had the privilege of walking alongside many men who were seeking to live a life of greater purity and wholeness. One of the comments that I repeatedly heard many of those men make is that their sin was based on how they felt at a specific time. Some men shared that they felt insecure or lonely, while others shared that they felt too tired, too stressed or too overwhelmed,…

An Inner Peace

These last few weeks have not gone as well as I would have liked. Situations arose that were out of my control and I felt helpless. Emotions and feelings entered my mind that made me quite discouraged. I am not sure if you have ever felt like that but I do from time to time. After about a week or so of feeling pretty helpless and discouraged, I spent an evening simply pouring out my heart to God…

Worthy of Praise

In my Bible I have highlighted Psalm 103:1-5. It says:

"Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like…

Traffic Lights

Traffic lights bring order to millions of roads around the world with its three distinct colors. A green light lets us know that it is safe to proceed ahead. A yellow light serves as a caution for us to slow down and prepare to stop. And of course, a red light tells us to come to a complete stop to avoid causing an accident. I like the analogy of traffic lights as it relates to our pursuit of greater…

Resentment and Envy

I would like to encourage you with a verse that I have highlighted in my Bible. It is Job 5:2 and it says:

"Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple."

There are times in my life where I have held on to resentment or envy. I have felt resentment before not only towards others but also towards God. I have held resentment towards God when I did not receive something…

Chris

Chris