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The Power of Contentment: Three Ways to Change Your Perspective Quickly

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If you came to my house on any given day there are a few phrases you may hear repeated are: “Stop it!,” “Moooooooom,” or “I’m Doooone!” But one phrase I know you would hear is “That’s not fair.” Living in a home with five little kids who constantly battle with each other means that at any given moment one of...

How to Talk to a Teenager

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Have you ever had your teen just sit there and stare at you when you are trying to talk to them? You swear they aren’t even hearing a word you are saying and all they’re doing is sitting with their jaw dropped open as if they are doing their best cod-fish impression. Taking to a teen can be hard,...

Why Does God Allow Suffering? A list of helpful applications and articles

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David Garland shows how the suffering occurring with Paul in 2 Corinthians, and therefore with us, is the opposite of the plot, The Picture of Dorian Gray: In that story the vain Dorian Gray has his portrait painted; and when it is finished, he laments: “How sad! I shall grow old and horrible, but this picture never will be older. If...

How To Highlight and Color Your Bible Effectively

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This is a guest post from Jenna Marie Belcher Have you ever thought you knew an entire song and the meaning by merely listening to it a few times? I can remember one Friday night, while out with my friends, I got up to sing karaoke thinking I KNEW the words backwards and forwards- to “My Heart Will Go On”. ...

Not Another Dead God

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I had the honor of speaking to many of the Denver area Children’s pastors at a luncheon one Wednesday. If I am honest with you, there are times when I am speaking (even on Sunday mornings) when something gets a hold of me and I can’t help but preach all the louder and more passionately. I experienced that right...

Push Back on Culture

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I Want to Punch God.

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Life is not fair. God is always fair. Shelly (name changed) is a woman who has had a very hard life. The things she has told me in our counseling sessions are enough to make me depressed. I’ve told her time and again, “I wish there was a ‘reset’ button I could push for you. Life has been so hard...

The Essential Elements of a Transformed Life [Sermon]

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1 John 5:1-12 So far John has spoken a lot about love and obedience, but now he is going to combine the idea of faith and its necessity in our life. In chapter 5 we learn that the road to love is paved with faith in Christ.  Sermon Outline: The essential elements of a transformed life: 1. New Faith (vv. 1a, 6-10)  Have an insatiable...

Teens and Texting

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It seems like more and more parents are struggling with their teen’s addiction to texting. Perhaps you’ve gotten the monthly cell phone bill only to find that thousands of text messages were sent from you teen’s phone. Don’t worry; this is not as tragic as you think! First, understand that this technologically infiltrated generation is being trained to communicate in...

Child-like Faith, Adult-sized World

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For my mom and I, it became routine. I would lie down next to her to read the same book that we had read at every other nap time and bedtime. The book cover was a little girl, not much older than me, bending down to smell a tulip. On the inside cover, in my childish handwriting, I had...

7 Bible Resources That Make Great Christmas Gifts!

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(This post may contain affiliate links, read full disclosure here) It's Christmas time around the world and that means the Christmas wish list is filling up fast. I know my own kids are already talking about what they want for Christmas. You may have your own wish list this year. What do you want to impact your life the most this...

Colossians: Find True Life in Christ (Colossians 2:8-15)

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/joshweidmann/7-19-2015.mp3 Have you ever felt empty? A life without God will lead to emptiness. God knew that so He sent His Son to make us fully alive in Christ. Through faith, we can experience the daily, powerful working of God. In this message we look at the importance of eliminating unessential spiritual activity from our life and how we are to...