"Why change if God has totally forgiven you?"

"Why change if God has totally forgiven you?"

In the 1930’s, more than twenty people lost their lives during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Toward the end of its construction, they hung a net below the bridge. From that time on, they never lost another person. But the interesting part was this: worker productivity increased by nearly thirty percent after suspending that net below the bridge. Why did productivity increase? They weren’t worried about dying, which freed them to focus on what they were supposed to be doing. In the same way, God motivates us to live for him by eliminating the fear of punishment.

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Old Memories Surface

Old Memories Surface

Last month, my wife was organizing a room filled with junk in our house. Often these attempts to declutter just spread junk from one room to others throughout my house. Yet, sometimes items surface during these purges that remind me of important events in my life.

Someone took this picture of me twenty years ago while speaking at a Youth for Christ fundraiser. It was the first time I spoke in public. I was sharing how I came to Christ with a small crowd, maybe 20-30 people. As I spoke, I felt God’s spirit animating my words. This was the first time I can recall God empowering me in this way. If you told me twenty years ago that I would speak for God as my full-time job, I would’ve laughed in your face.

Looking back on my life, God has led me through a circuitous path to bring me where I’m at today...

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Aliens and Strangers

Aliens and Strangers

I’ve been working on a new writing project about our new identity in Christ. I recall how learning about my new identity revolutionized my relationship with God. This book will attempt to unpack 30 New Testament identity truths in the form of a 30 day devotional. I’m trying to keep each chapter short so you can spend time meditating on how each identity truth should impact your life. Here’s a sample chapter entitled “Aliens and Strangers,“ which details how we should lives as temporary residents passing through this life.

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