"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." --Philippians 1:21 Has anyone every read this verse and gave a hearty amen to it? For most Christians, we probably have. We have read this verse and agreed with it saying, "In my life, I am solely focused on Christ and in my … Continue reading I’m Not There Yet (Growing Up with Philippians Pt. 3)
A voice inside of our head likes to tell us that we need to become more "spiritually mature" to share the Gospel, but that is not true! A sign of spiritual maturity is sharing the Gospel. You share the Gospel to become spiritually mature, not become spiritually mature to share the Gospel.
The picture above is of a much younger me. Though the pants, shoes, gloves, and shirt are long gone, somehow that hat has still survived. Regardless, the picture was taken nearly 10 years ago in a small shack in Eagle Pass, Texas. When I was a teenager, our church had a partnership with a church … Continue reading Mercy in the Mud
What age makes you an adult in America? I asked this question last night in youth and got many different answers: 16 because a license, 17-18 because of graduation, 18 because of legal abilities, 21 because of more legal abilities, the age when you have to care for someone else, and list goes on. One … Continue reading Spiritual Adolescence (Growing Up with Philippians Pt. 1)
As a child I had a fear of water. Not a terrible phobia, but I definitely hated swim lessons. My mother tried everything to get me in the pool; she "paid good money for those lessons." She would offer candy, extra play time, the option of choosing dinner, etc. just so that I would stick … Continue reading Frantically Floundering
In college I lived with some guys who were all very different. Though there were many interests spread among our group, there was one thing that would unite us more than anything. At any given moment in Mabee D120, you could be certain that The Office was playing on the television. This was such a regular occurrence, that … Continue reading Genesis, God, and Steve Carell