Writing Archive

Jesus Is Better Than Your Expectations

The Jesus of the Gospels sometimes answered questions in a way that puzzled people. Sometimes, it was His methods that stirred people up. At any rate, He is a picture of our Father who answers prayer. And when it comes to prayer, we struggle a little bit. Because we don’t want our all-powerful, all-knowing God […]

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Student-Led Summer // Tanner’s Story

Tanner is one of our students. His last name is Engledowl. One day, one of his friends called him, “Pringle Dog.” It stuck, so that’s what we call him. We love him to death! Tanner gave his life to Jesus back in April and came up to tell me about it (he talks a bit […]

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Hosea Chronicles: Part 6

This is the last installment of a series of posts exploring the Book of Hosea. Check out the first five posts here. It hasn’t been easy studying this book. In fact, it’s been downright gut-wrenching. It’s not easy to come face-to-face with your sin, especially when you are a “professional Christian” (pastor). Layered deep beneath […]

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Hosea Chronicles: Part 5

This is the fifth installment of a series of posts exploring the Book of Hosea. Check out the first four posts here. One of the most important elements of this story is the theme of significance. More specifically, its what (or who) we find our significance in. Gomer is the poster child for people who […]

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Hosea Chronicles: Part 4

This is the fourth installment of a series of posts exploring the Book of Hosea. Check out the first three posts here. The Lord purchased us. In 2013, we learn this, most likely, in the New Testament first. We are taught verses such as the following. “Or do you not know that your body is […]

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Hosea Chronicles: Part 3

This is the third installment of a series of posts exploring the Book of Hosea. Check out the first two posts here. It’s entirely possible for God to let you run into trouble. It happened all the time in Scripture. I think of Noah, who was laughed at for decades as he built the ark. […]

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Hosea Chronicles: Part 2

This is the second installment of a series of posts exploring the Book of Hosea. Check out the first post here. When you encounter tough passages in the Bible, it can hit you impact you in different ways. In some cases, this is why a lot of my non-Christian friends end up that way. They […]

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Hosea Chronicles: Part 1

This morning, we spent some time in Hosea, contrasting the faithfulness of God and the unfaithfulness of His people. It has been a humbling process studying the first few chapters in Hosea, as God calls him to marry a whore. In essence God was asking Hosea to speak to a generation using his own life […]

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Don’t Quit After One Bad Day

If you’ve been in ministry longer than six months, you know that a bad day can tank your confidence and make you question your call.  You know that one unfortunate event can distract you completely and that one piece of criticism can drain you until you start to believe the lie that you aren’t worth […]

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Don’t Count This Generation Out

Passion 2013 was an extremely influential event (as always). The journey to end slavery began in Passion 2012 with a phenomenal turnout in the donations (over $3 million). This year was no different. They took down the curtain and opened up the entire Georgia Dome and some 60,000 students showed up. The movement to end […]

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