Hitting the Wall in the Christian Life [Strategies for Spiritual Breakthroughs]

Spiritual Breakthroughs Are A Normal Part Of The Christian Life In running and other endurance sports such as cycling there is a condition that affects many athletes called “hitting the wall.” What happens is that at a certain point, often around 20 miles in a marathon, runners run out of energy and are so overcome […]

Guard Duty in the Spiritual War: 3 Ways to Guard Your Heart

In March I had the opportunity to go on a short-term mission trip to Guatemala. I was with a group but hoped to get out and discover some things about the country on my own. I was disappointed to learn that would not happen. We were staying in a gated community and were not allowed […]

Angels and demons: Can You Spot the Differences?

Whoever came up with the idea for the “Can you spot the differences” game was brilliant! On the one hand it’s the easiest game to play, just look for the differences between two pictures. On the other hand it can be very complex, depending upon the pictures. In honor of the World Cup can you […]

The Invisible War: Let’s Pull Back The Curtain

One of my favorite scenes in the movie The Wizard of Oz is when Dorothy discovers, with the help of Toto, the man behind the curtain. The first time I saw that I was so surprised and delighted because it explained so much. This scene is such a classic that people use the term “pulling […]

The Spark that Started Spiritual Warfare

California is beautiful country with wonderful weather. It’s wonderful because it rains very little from May through September. The downside to that dry weather is that it’s easy to accidentally start a fire. Many forest fires in California start because a spark from an unattended campfire floats away, ignites some brush and quickly gets got […]

Four Reasons Spiritual Warfare is Difficult to Understand

Spiritual warfare is the battle between God and His followers versus Satan and his followers. The conflict spans the Bible. It is first mentioned in Genesis 3 and last in Revelation 20. Here are the main reasons why it is one of the most misunderstood topics in the Bible. Four Reasons Spiritual Warfare Is Difficult […]

The Day I Was Tempted To Lie To My Cell Phone!

I recently got a new navigation app for my phone. I was driving down the road and decided to try it out. The app recognized the car was in motion and a warning popped up. It said something like “You are not allowed to edit while driving.” Then I noticed a box. “Click here if […]

Chaos, When Everything Is Spinning Out of Control

Chaos. I don’t know anyone who really likes chaos. I know people who like to cause chaos. I know people who like to fix chaos. And from time to time, most of us like a little planned chaos. Isn’t that what those rides are at the carnival? You get in and it starts spinning. Then […]

Five Reasons People Don’t Talk About Spiritual Warfare

There is an old adage that says never talk about politics or religion.  I’m a pastor, so for me talking about religion falls into the category of an occupational hazard.  It makes it easier when I talk with people who share my faith tradition, but even that gets tricky at times.  Over the years I […]