Category Archives: Sin & Weaknesses

How Many Apologies Does It Take?

So you’ve messed up and apologized. You only owe one apology per offense, right? Not necessarily. Yes, the person you wronged is commanded to be quick to forgive you, but some cases can be better resolved after multiple apologies. Likewise, several layers of apologies may be helpful to restore intimacy. As a Christian, you are not […]

Responding to Cultural Norms: What’s a concerned Christian to do?

Examples of Societal Norms of Generations Past: Kids would stay outside all day (parents often had no idea where) until the supper bell rang Smoking was as common at dinner parties as hors d’oeuvres Public places were segregated based on race Significant Norms Today: Most people can be found with a device in their hand […]

The One Thing You Need So That You Can Experience God’s Power

You quote verses such as “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” but you don’t really feel any more capable than normal. You pray and pray, but your problems haven’t changed. You have sought godly counsel, but no advice has made a real difference in how you handle things. Why do pastors, […]

Part 2: Where Did Your Mental Toughness Go?

A number of readers commented that the recent article on mental toughness was personally applicable (click here if you missed it). So today’s article serves as a follow-up with a few more practical ideas. Considering the common symptoms of 1) loss of intrinsic motivation, 2) slipping into bad habits, and 3) increased feelings over values, many of you […]

Where Did Your Mental Toughness Go?

Being meek, humble, and even weak is Biblical and good. However, as feeling stressed and overwhelmed become more common in this modern age, some of you may have noticed that your resolve has become diluted. In other words, you may not be feeling as mentally tough as you used to be. Do you find yourself relying more and […]

The Time God Kept Her From Being a Cheater

Marnie* wants you to know her story. Very few women think they will cheat on their boyfriends or husbands. It’s usually something that happens unexpectedly. Marnie was a faithful, godly woman who was not interested in anyone but her man. Until the day someone else came along and unwittingly filled needs in her that she didn’t […]

How Serious is your Entitlement Disease? (Everyone has it)

Thanks to fallen human nature, you were born with a mild disease that Dr. John Townsend calls “pocket entitlement” – sometimes feeling like you’re owed more, or sometimes thinking that you’re better than something or someone. But if your illness has reached stage IV, focusing all of the time on what you believe you deserve, then your health condition has reached […]

7 Liberating Prayers You Can Learn from a Prison Break

You love them dearly, but some of your friends or family members are confined by selfishness, bitterness, stubbornness, rebellion, obsession, and/or pride. It’s breaking you as much as it’s harming them, but you’ve failed to help them escape. Biblical Starting Point: Inside his prison cell, Peter was asleep between two soldiers, locked in chains, and […]

Make Room for an Over-sized God (Don’t settle for an idol you can hide in your pocket)

Try to wrap your brain around this visual: Right now, God is sitting on the throne of heaven and His feet are propped up on the earth! (Is. 66:1) He has fullness that spans heaven and earth, yet He lives within Christian human bodies. There is a God who is literally love, literally peace, literally […]

Being Strong Starts with Exposing your Weaknesses

In 2 Corinthians 12:9a, Jesus said to Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” In 2 Corinthians 12:9b-10, Paul responded by drawing two conclusions and taking two actions: Conclusion 1: Having weaknesses meant he could have Christ’s power resting on him. Action 1: He laid his weaknesses out […]