Finding God in our mess – Characters: Joseph, Part 3

Life can feel so messy. Have you ever been in one those the seasons of life where it seems like things keep going wrong? Just when you think you are getting past one hurdle, here comes another one. You jump one, then two, and you barely make it over the third, and you’re so tired,Continue reading “Finding God in our mess – Characters: Joseph, Part 3”

When life crushes you [False ideas Christians believe about…difficulty. Part 2]

Have you been there? The feeling of life crushing down on you, and you just want to crawl into a ball. Most of us have experienced that awful feeling, probably numerous times in our lives. We feel we can’t handle life, and wonder if we are failures. In the middle of the pain, we raiseContinue reading “When life crushes you [False ideas Christians believe about…difficulty. Part 2]”

All sins are the same? [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 3]

This week I’ve started a blog series that will run for 11 weeks, in which we are fact checking ideas that Christians believe that might be totally false or at least partially so. This week we are looking at ideas about sin. Check out the first posts here and here that introduce the series andContinue reading “All sins are the same? [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 3]”

Law & Marriage…go together like a horse and carriage?

I am finding Luke 16 to be exceedingly confusing.  As if verses 1-15 and the Parable of the Shrewd Steward weren’t difficult enough (I preached on them this past Sunday…you can read about that sermon here and here), this coming Sunday I’m focusing on verses 14-18 which put Law and Marriage together, and I’m notContinue reading “Law & Marriage…go together like a horse and carriage?”

When I’m not feeling happy or content in my relationship – 1 Corinthians 7:17-24

Are you feeling discontent in your relationships? Maybe you’re not feeling happy about a relationship?  But are you feeling joy?  Is there a difference?  And what does it matter? When we are unhappy or discontent, we are very tempted to RUN!  In our passage from this past Sunday, Paul says “Remain in the situation inContinue reading “When I’m not feeling happy or content in my relationship – 1 Corinthians 7:17-24”

Feeling discontent in your relationships?

What would you say has been bothering you?  Anyone been feeling discontented lately?  A change that you are hoping for too long in coming?  A change that you weren’t hoping for came unexpectedly?  Change or die, they say.  Or maybe they say it like this, if something does not change it is dead.  Or, allContinue reading “Feeling discontent in your relationships?”

Finding healing for a broken relationship – 1st Corinthians 7:10-16

How many of you have been impacted by divorce?  Separation?  During the sermon on Sunday I interviewed two couples from Faith Church, each of which had one spouse that was previously divorced.  I was so thankful for their courage and vulnerability to stand in front of a roomful of people and talk about the painfulContinue reading “Finding healing for a broken relationship – 1st Corinthians 7:10-16”

Separate? Divorce? Remarry? – What to do?

I’ll never forget a moment at summer church camp when I was in 6th or 7th grade. One of my cousins was with me that week, and we were sitting in the gym for a Bible discussion. Next thing I know, my cousin who is a year older than me was bawling, body heaving upContinue reading “Separate? Divorce? Remarry? – What to do?”

What is the status of your relationship?

Facebook has made relationship status a big deal in our culture.  What is your status?  Single, Dating, Engaged, Married, Separated, Divorced?  Sometimes that status changes, and sometimes it is painful. So how is your relationship going?  Is your marriage thriving?  How are you and your spouse doing?  Are you struggling?  Are you single?  Wondering ifContinue reading “What is the status of your relationship?”