Good or bad? These words are some of the most basic descriptors of quality and morality that we learn about from the time we are children. Though even small children can understand the concepts, they are ideas central to our understanding of God and our standing before Him.

While community is displayed clearly as God’s design in the Scriptures, there is no doubt that life together with others is messy. It’s the work of God to weave us together in unity.

Jesus lived among us, and He knows from first-hand experience that we as people are messed up! I am! Do you realize that you need help, too?

My wife, Pam, and I enjoy going to concerts. The beauty of the music comes not only from the notes, but also from the spaces between the notes. The pulse of alternating sounds and silence—the rhythm—can make it a hand-clapping march or a soothing ballad.

Since our house (and the houses of our neighbors) burned down in a wildfire five years ago, we have had the pleasure of closer friendships with neighbors and others in our community. One friend that I’ve gotten to know over these years is a guy named Jim. He and I were getting together every once in a while to catch up. A couple months ago, I wanted to check his interest in moving forward spiritually. I asked, “Jim, what would you think about reading the Bible together regularly?” 

Are you inspired by this blog? We have worked with NavPress to create a 30-day devotional, Five Traits of a Christ-follower, that interacts with Scriptures on five important characteristics of those who follow Christ -- the same characteristics focused on in this blog.

As human beings, some of our core flaws have always been self-focus and self-worship. I find it amazing to see what happens in 2 Chronicles 20 as King Jehoshaphat faced a vast army. Every once in a while you might find people that give thanks to God after He comes through with a victory, but in this case they worshipped God before He did anything!

Remember Jehoshaphat? Enemies were bearing down on him and he had no idea what to do! Well, God basically told “King J” to tell his army commanders to show up to the battle with all their battle clothes on and just watch!

So often we struggle because we cannot get our eyes off our own circumstances and onto God! Even after coming to real faith in Jesus, I have had numerous situations that challenge me in my daily faith walk. I have to ask myself, will I try to do it on my own or will I “lift my eyes” and pray to God for help?

As a young husband, father, and youth pastor, I hit a major bump in the road. After Pam and I had spent six years working with students at a Denver church, the leadership decided to make a change. They implemented a six-month review and eventually decided to replace the youth staff.