When Rules Aren’t Enough

We live in a world full of rules. At times, when we struggle with authority, this can be aggravating. At other times, rules can be comforting because they protect us. In a recent experience, I noticed myself hating the rules that were blocking my goal: I wanted my son to be allowed, with his teammates, to compete at the State 2A…

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Some of us consider ourselves goal-oriented, while others…not so much. However, we all have goals, whether we realize it or not. The mere fact that we all have needs dictates that we will at least have goals designed around meeting our particular needs. So, it is safe to say, we are ALL goal-oriented. However, this may…

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Self-esteem is a high commodity. Books geared towards helping one build up his or her self-worth have been flying off shelves for decades. Motivational speakers can fill large stadiums, drawing crowds easily whereever they go. Counselors, therapists, and ministers all see people regularly who are struggling due to how they see themselves. As a whole,…

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Strategic Deconditioning

The setting in 2 Samuel 7 is this: King David has finally come to a moment in his life that he can rest. He has spent years fighting battle after battle. God has given him victory over the opposing forces time and time again. Now, David wants to do something I think many of us would think about doing at a…

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The Opiate of Blame

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool1 of the day, and the man and his wife bhid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”2…

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A Fork in the Road: Manipulation or Faith?

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive,…

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When the “Fruit” Seems to Lie

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart. (Proverbs 21:2, ESV) Taking time to examine our hearts is a crucial yet underused discipline. Much of the time, we can look at the fruit in our lives, or lack of it, and be clued into what is going…

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Why Call It Fruit?

I know I have touched on the subject of “fruit of the spirit” here several times. Paul coins this phrase in Galatians 5:22. Although the exact phrase is not always used, this idea of “fruit of the spirit” is discussed other times in Scripture as well (for example, Colossians 3). Jesus, Himself, talks about fruit….

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God’s Sovereignty: Soothing or Scary

Several years ago, as some of you reading this may know about me, I began a tremendous struggle with anxiety. This included panic attacks (night and day), as well as a general sense of anxiety that plagued me almost continuously throughout each day. It was debilitating. One of the key truths that I encountered that…

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Fruit of the Spirit: Loving Our Wives

Recently, I was honored to be invited to speak to the “Men of Courage” at Mt. Elam Baptist Church. I shared with them from Ephesians 5:22-27. I thought it would be nice to put my notes together in “blog-form” and post them here. Seeing how I have not posted in a while, I figure it’s…

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