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The Best Investment

Thirsty Again Last post from the gospel of John we talked about how Jesus loved both the Samaritan woman living on the margin, and the Jewish man leading the mainstream. And we talked about how we need to… Read More

Things I Heard In Church: “In Those Days There Was No COSTCO, There Was Get In Your BOATCO And Go FISHINGCO”

Things I Heard In Church: “In those days there was no COSTCO, there was get in your BOATCO and go FISHINGCO.” Matt Bowen speaking on Jesus’ teaching encouraging us to not be anxious. From Matt Bowen’s teaching, Without… Read More

Things I Heard In Church: He is not “the God formerly known as the Prince of Peace”

Speaking of Jesus: “He is not ‘the God formerly known as the Prince of Peace,’ He is the Prince of Peace… Forever.” –Matt Bowen

How To Find The Best Wine Ever

No Wine At The Wedding So there’s this wedding. And it’s time for the reception. And Mary, Jesus’ mother, is there. And Jesus is there with his brand new disciples. And the wedding planner miscalculated, so they ran… Read More

The One Thing That Changed Everything For Me As A Christian: John 1:35-39

Read John 1:35-39. “What are you seeking?” (John 1:38) Why Don’t I Feel Joy? So you’re a Christian. And you’re wondering why you feel the way you do. I mean, you read about, and hear about joy, and… Read More

The First, The Last, My Everything (What Barry White’s song has to do with suffering)

This is the last blog post in the series on suffering and what you’re about to read are the most important words written in the series. You can do everything written so far concerning suffering, but if you… Read More

How We Forget God’s Name While We Suffer (and Why That Makes It So Much Worse)

Continuing our series on suffering, in this post we’ll look at how forgetting God’s name contributes to suffering and a crushed spirit. Forgetting God’s Name I’m just going to be frank here. Many times you and I as believers suffer… Read More

The Consequences Of Ignoring God: God’s Way, Your Way, And Your Crushed Spirit

(A Spanish translation of this article is available at Heavenly Manna.) Guilt, Fear, And A Crushed Spirit Continuing our series on suffering, today we’ll look at how ignoring God can crush your spirit. Proverbs 28:1 says, The wicked flee… Read More

How A Lack Of Love Can Crush Your Spirit (And what that has to do with the San Francisco Giants’ run to the World Series)

A Giant Difference Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25 Continuing our series on suffering we see in this proverb another cause of a crushed spirit. What we… Read More

Steve Mays’ Life Of Suffering (And how God healed him)

We’ve been exploring what the Bible has to say about suffering and right in the middle of this series of blog posts, God did something for Steve Mays, the pastor of Calvary Chapel South Bay, that I just have… Read More

A Mighty Expenditure Of Amazing Energy And What Happened Next (And what causes a crushed spirit)

A Mighty Expenditure Of Amazing Energy Elijah was coming off three amazing and miraculous events in his life. With the help of God’s Holy Spirit Elijah just “won” a showdown with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of… Read More

Suffering (And How Paul Never Prayed For The Persecution To Go Away)

I often pray for someone’s solution, or success, or health, or prosperity. But that’s not what Paul did. So what did he pray for then?

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