“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”– Matthew 16:24-25 ESV It’s so easy in our culture to be concerned primarily …

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I found myself pacing, full of emotions in my usual morning time in the prayer room. But today was different, as I was soon to find out the gender of my child and ready to embrace them and all that they are. Boy or girl… I woke up this morning beyond thrilled and ready to …

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Is Faith Enough?

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Living in America, practically everyone you meet will likely tell you that they are Christian.  If pressed for what this means, many will tell you that they believe in God, maybe even that they believe in Jesus.  Does such an assertion mean that they really are Christians as defined by the Word of God?  After …

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He Did Not Have a Home

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“Do not be surprised , brethren, if the world hates you.” -1 John 3:13  We were made to live lives that confound the world.  Jesus did.  He did it with the simple grace of a humble carpenter but the resolute strength of a king.  Jesus dismayed the world because 1) He was not of the world …

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The Humble Musician

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As a worship leader and musician at the house of prayer, I have had the privilege of leading God’s people into His presence via music. This is something that I believe the Lord takes very seriously. As worship leaders (in any setting) we serve as priests or mediators to God on behalf of men and …

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Ever been to a wedding where the couple began their vows with “I promise to love you just enough so that our fights are minimized and so we can keep this thing going…Just enough so you won’t be mad at me… Just enough so that we stay married? ” Sounds like the start of a …

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As a young believer, I struggled to connect to God as a Father. I understood Jesus, the Friend that sticks closer than a brother, the One who took my place, my Savior and my Redeemer, but God the Father just seemed distant, cold, and stoic. I mostly thought of the Father as being unapproachable, the …

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“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” -Revelation 4:11 (ESV) Wherever there is gifting or talent, people praise. As a musician, singer and worship leader, I receive well meaning encouragement and compliments on an …

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The crown of the year is a great time to consider again and meditate on some of the specifics of what we believe. While many are making new plans in the New Year, I like to take the first part of the year and freshly look at Jesus, allowing the revelation of who He is …

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“Do not be sluggish, but be imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12 It is common to consider “patience” as a passive term. For many, patience is synonymous with words like “waiting,” “long-suffering,” and “excruciating, painful torture.”  As one who is notoriously “bad” at the virtue of patience, when I …

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“Behold, God is great and we do not know Him.” These words, spoken by Elihu in Job 36:26, identify the greatest problem of mankind:  we don’t know God.  A.W. Tozer says it this way, “All the problems of heaven and earth, though they were to confront us together and at once, would be nothing compared …

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This week began by praying, as a part of my regular prayer list, for the fear of the Lord for myself, my wife, and my three daughters. This caused me to consider, “What factors contribute to a healthy fear of God?” Firstly, one key to a healthy fear of God is a revelation of His …

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Click here to read Part 1 of “Peace of Earth?”   I distinctly remember sitting in the hospital room with my mom and siblings, when the doctor told us that my dad had massive amounts of cancer in his body.  You could literally feel the air get sucked out of the room.  Feelings of uncertainty, …

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