Taking Hold of the New

Have you ever had to let go of something old to take hold of the new thing God had for you? In Joshua 1, we find a conversation between God and Israel’s new leader. Joshua had followed in Moses’s footsteps for years. Now, it was his time to lead the nation. God begins by saying these words to Joshua in …

It’s Not about Money

Tithing is a controversial topic in churches nationwide today. For some, tithing has always been a natural part of their church membership and spiritual life. For those who are considering (or reconsidering) this practice, however, it’s not always so simple. There’s the question of what the church will do with your money; there’s the question of if letting go of …

The Drama is Worth It

It’s no secret that relationships with others are not easy. Most of our hurt, disappointments, and brokenness is a result of interactions with other human beings. We often leave these relationships in an attempt to minimize the drama. Even though this seems like the easier route, it’s imperative to remember this truth: unity among believers is paramount to God. Let’s …

Can We Grow in Unhealthy Places?

Can growth happen in an unhealthy place? Most of us have been in—or are even currently experiencing—a season of life that’s not healthy. Maybe it’s a work environment, a health situation, a suffering relationship…the possibilities are vast. When we find ourselves in these seasons, we often wonder if God can grow us, or bring anything good out of, these times. …

Tithing Isn’t about Money

Perhaps the most controversial biblical issue today for believers is the issue of tithing. Many Christians struggle with this principle, either because they don’t understand why they should give 10% (or more), or because they don’t know the root and purpose of doing so. In Scripture, we find answers to both of these questions. It’s important to note that giving …

God is Passionately in Love with You

There are numerous places in Scripture where we see a representation of the love of God through human beings. Sometimes, we see God’s righteousness in the decrees of a godly king. Sometimes, we see the faithfulness of a prophet, pointing to the ultimate faithfulness of God. The characteristic of God I want to focus on in this post, however, is …

Commit or Cohabitate

The Difference Between Marriage and Living Together When I was in college, my friends and I had a goal of saving a certain amount of money. Once we’d invested, saved, and accumulated this amount, we’d each invest in a fancy, high-end watch. My watch of choice was a Rolex—I knew they appreciated in value each year after you bought one, …

Two Types of Runaways

Recently, at The Worship Center, we studied the story of Jonah in the Old Testament. It’s easy to see how the disobedient prophet, who travels in the opposite direction from God’s instructions, is running from God. However, I want to examine a deeper truth hidden in this story. We see that the mariners on Jonah’s ship—the crew sailing to Tarshish—respond …

When God Sends a Storm out of Love

The Relentless Grace in the Story of Jonah Most of us are at least marginally familiar with the story of Jonah: a prophet runs from God; a big fish swallows him; and eventually, reaches the people group God called him to prophesy to, resulting in their repentance. Jonah’s story is a small excerpt in the midst of the Old Testament; …