Category Archives: My Journey With Jesus

Prayer

I’ve been really learning a lot about prayer. The necessity, the urgency, the purpose, the reason. In so many ways God has been urging me to pray. Yet, I still struggle to take time out of the day to pray. In every way, we need Jesus to change us so that we can do the things God wants us to do. One of my favorite teachers talks about prayer in a response to the question, “does prayer really change things?” Feel free to let me know what you think.

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God’s Mission

It is true that God has predetermined good works for us to do before the foundation of the world. It has been so hard to reconcile this fact in my mind because of the implications of it. So many conclusions can be drawn by just thinking over this fact. Ultimately, this means that God is the main character in every person’s life (really all of creation to be technically correct). Honestly speaking, there is a part of me that just doesn’t like it…I want to be important. I want to be significant. I always have. Ever since I could remember I have felt like I was special and that someday I would do great things that would leave people in awe. Continue reading

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Listening Prayer

So over this past week my wife and I have been trying to allow God to guide us. For some background information, my wife went to a friend’s home to learn how she spends time with Jesus and she gave my wife a little booklet titled, “God Guides.” The author gives countless stories about her experience with God as a missionary in India and my wife has been both convicted and refreshed from these stories. So as she’s been wrestling through this book I have been inevitably recruited to be her soundboard. (Of all the times I’m “inevitably recruited” I think this may be one, I’ve been least resistant to so far.) So she reads the amazing stories to me and I’d have to say I have been challenged as well. Continue reading

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Dysfunctional Heart (Part 2 of 2)

I’ve recently been invited to sit in our church staff meetings. The leadership often repeats the statement, “gospel growth in the context of family while living on mission,” as our philosophy for discipleship. However, I have never really understood what it meant practically, so the statement had no impact on my life. Well last week, our senior leader explained it and provided scriptural basis for it. It blew my mind. It was fairly hard to hear, primarily because it rattled my worldview. Continue reading

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Dysfunctional Heart (Part 1 of 2)

I had one of the most refreshing revelations this week. It has really put me in a different frame of mind and I am so grateful to God for revealing to me truths about his nature that free me up to truly love people. For years, I have noticed that when I am truly honest about myself, I don’t genuinely care about people. If you know just a little about me this might come as a shock, because you know that I am in full-time vocational ministry. To be fair, I cared enough to have a burden for hurting youth, but I sincerely struggle with caring for their hearts. In other words, I can view people as projects in many respects…I know this sounds terrible, but I need grace just as much as the next person. Continue reading

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