Some people have an objection to a loving God based on the presence of pain and suffering in our world. C.S. Lewis called it the problem of pain. The argument usually goes like this: “How can a loving God allow pain and suffering?”

Set in His ways

“He’s set in his ways.” This phrase is often said about men of a certain age, a polite way of saying that one is stubborn. But if we change the possessive pronoun “his” from the subject of the sentence to instead, another person, Jesus Christ, the phrase takes on a whole new meaning.

The Playbook

God has given us all instructions to follow throughout Scripture, and we don’t always do a good job of following them. When we don’t, it can look like the football player who doesn’t follow the playbook: things go wrong, and it all looks like a mess.

Not Easy. Doesn't Make Sense.

As we read through the Scriptures, and as we put them into practice by following Jesus and obeying his commands, we find a lot of his commands are like this: not easy and don’t make sense initially.

Why Am I Here?

It’s a question we’ve all asked at one point or another, sometimes with tragic results. But God has already answered the question—and knowing His answer changes everything.

Faithful Confidence

If we wish to be effective leaders, then we too need to recognize how God works in our lives and acknowledge His gracious hand upon us. Do not put your confidence in yourself, but rather in the Lord.

Feelings and Prayer

There are plenty of lessons to learn from the life of Nehemiah—boldness of faith, perseverance, hard work, leadership, fearing God and not man—but we are going to focus on two subtle lessons we can learn early on in Nehemiah’s story before he rebuilt the wall.

Labor Day

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

Gathering Rocks

What have you built your life on? Have you gathered several small rocks and pebbles and piled them high, hoping they’ll stick together? Or have you put Jesus above all else and made him the Rock and Cornerstone of your life?

Intended To Harm

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20)

Living to Please God

You don’t have to allow someone else’s perception of you affect or influence your perception of yourself. You are not living to please people; you are living to please God.