Pruning Goodness

In John 15, Jesus is spending what would be his last night with the disciples on earth. Over the course of the evening, Jesus took time to teach his disciples one last time and share with them what is most important and absolutely essential. In the middle of his discourse, Jesus begins to teach about how our relationship with God works. He says in John 15:1–2, “I am the true ...

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Training a Toddler

Toddler or Terrorist? I recently entered a new stage of life that I didn’t see coming: the joy and privilege of parenting a toddler. Camden is a great kid and is almost always easy. Becca and I are very spoiled in many ways. However, Camden is not perfect, despite what his grandmothers will tell you. In recent weeks, he has officially entered “terrorist mode.” I’ve been told the only difference between ...

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The Prayer Life

One barrier many Christians face when it comes to prayer is found at the most basic, or fundamental, level. It is they don’t know how to pray. While this may seem like an overstatement, many believers never cultivate a deep prayer life because they lack the training on how to deepen their prayer lives. Richard Foster says, “Real prayer is something we learn.”[1] Even the disciples had to ask Jesus ...

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Stop Dreaming

I’m going to tell you something that goes against what your parents told you: Stop Dreaming. It’s not that I think having dreams and aspirations is a bad idea. Actually, I believe quite the opposite. What I do think is too many people my age have huge dreams and rarely work hard to achieve them. We have a vision for where we want to go, but don’t want to do ...

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Divine Discipline

“As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to ...

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Judgment ≠ Your Critical Mood

Last night at Sola we talked about a misunderstanding most people have about Matthew 7:1 when Jesus says, “Do not judge.” Jesus cannot mean, “do not judge…period” because he says in John 7:24 “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” Even logically speaking, to say that all judging is bad would mean even condemning judging is bad. But as Christians we often miss what it means to judge ...

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Passion or Obedience?

At the Willow Creek Leadership Summit in August, a guy named Dave Gibbons said, “Obedience is more important than passion.” As I think about this statement, he is exactly right and has hit head on what is wrong with so many Christians today. Let me explain. Yesterday I went running for the first time in 8 days, and I was actually nervous before I took off because I knew it ...

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