good and pleasant it is when the people of God dwell together in unity” – Psalm
Last summer I got invited to take part in a project that has several churches across
the country coming together to write, record, and release original worship songs
birthed in unity. It releases this August, and it’s simply called “One: A
Worship Collective”. I’ve been pretty excited about the heart and message
behind this project from the beginning. In October 2012, three of our churches came together in Dallas to begin
writing songs for the album, and the Holy Spirit’s presence in the room was so
tangible, we could sense something special was at work. No ego, no “here’s what
WE’RE doing”, no attitude, just a unity in the presence of God. From that first
meeting of the minds, several songs came about that I believe...
The richness of the Word of God ought to determine our prayers,
not the poverty of our hearts.
You may have heard it’s important to write your prayers down
in a journal. I’ve practiced this
spiritual discipline for a number of years, and it is simply beautiful to see
the gracious work of the Holy Spirit recounted on the lines of my prayer
But there are a lot of days I enter into prayer empty. Or
worse, I enter self-centered, anxious, jealous, lustful, and I desire coffee
more than Jesus.
Have you ever had one of those mornings?
On those days, I turn to a small booklet by one of my...
I used to think that life was this perfect world where
everything went as planned. I would be
married, have my own psychology office, and would have banked my first million
by the age of 25. Well none of that
happened. Actually, my road has been very rocky going from one challenge to the
next. One thing I have learned is that no
one is exempt from the challenges of life. Challenges in your finances, relationships,
school, family, co-workers – no one is exempt.
Looking back, I realize that these challenges were
opportunities of growth. You are
probably thinking, “it is not that easy”. And honestly it’s not! However, the challenges
of today are the training ground for the successes of tomorrow. As you go
through these challenges, there are a few supplements you should have a dose of
Where does the presence of God intersect
with the movement of God? Have you ever found yourself in a crazy charismatic
worship service? I have! Many times. You have the ribbon dancers and
the flag wavers. You have the guy running laps around the auditorium. People
are singing in tongues and calling out prophetic words. It is pretty wild! But something about their passion and
enthusiasm tugs at my spirit. Likewise, have you ever attended a “seeker-sensitive”
church? They boast of hundreds of salvations and long lines of people waiting
to get dunked in baptism. You attend worship services and the congregation
stands silent. You may notice some men with one hand in their pocket
and the other holding a coffee. Some women are
standing with arms crossed and the weight shifted to one side. Yet something about the church’s desire
to see people come into...
This morning I got up a little extra early for our 714
prayer meeting down on Capitol Hill. As I was brushing my teeth, I heard my
11-month-old, Norah, stirring in her crib, and decided to get a little
daddy-daughter time in before heading out. We went downstairs; I put on the
coffee, and brought her out to our living room. She has about 2,000 different
toys to choose from, thanks to 4 different sets of grandparents, and usually
our floor is covered with Sesame Street characters, and all different sorts of blocks
and cars. (Here’s the funny thing, Norah would be just as content playing with
one of her socks). So, instead of pulling out all of her toys, I decided to
just take out this little Nerf basketball that we’ve been playing with over the
last couple months. She loves it, and I’m pretty convinced she...