My earthly dad died in January. He had been sick for years. My dad loved me in many ways and I’m a product of some of his wonderful aspects. But, we didn’t always see eye to eye. Through the years my dad and I sorted all that out and talked it through. At his death, we had nothing that separated us.

As you look at the effect of your life, are you hoping for a splash or a ripple? Check out this video about The Navigators hope to see hundreds of thousands of everyday people, who in the context of a community of friends, are experiencing and advancing the Gospel in the normal pathways of life.

In the New Testament, once again, our mighty God reveals Himself, this time in the Gospel—a multifaceted gemstone of fulfilled promise and good news.

Earlier this week I shared some of my story and thoughts on authentic discipleship with Neil Stavem at Faith Radio, including what I think is the longest 20 yards in the kingdom. Click here for highlights or to listen to the entire podcast (audio links are at the bottom of the page).

Consider the seedbed of the Gospel—the people of Israel. We see God revealing Himself to His people increasingly over time. He never changed, but His revelation has allowed His people to know Him more clearly over time.

I’ve heard the Good News of Jesus described as a beautiful gemstone. Depending on the angle that you are looking at it, you see different facets and splendor. Only as you consider the whole gem do you see the fullness of its amazing quality and character. What are some of those angles?

God’s desire for us to live in relationships whose unity reflects Him is not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of a world that desperately needs to see a different way of life…a way of life that displays abundance and relationships full of genuine love.

Many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions this time of year. When I think of a list of relational characteristics we can aspire to, there's one passage that reflects the heart of God as much as any other.

2016 will be a great year, if we keep these two truths operating in our lives each day.

Each year, it’s hard for me to take my eyes off of the wonder of God coming to Earth in the form of a humble infant Savior! But this year, as I consider those in the first nativity scene, I’m compelled to ask the question—why them?