The Temptation of the Tree

Like the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, the temptation is always there, rooting itself in our presence, tempting us with its beauty, bidding us come and eat. And how difficult it is for us to turn away.

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Can I Be Like Christ and Still Be Myself?

“Can I be like Christ and still be myself?” This is the question I asked myself while taking a break from my busy schedule. The question itself was a follow-up question to another: “Is God pleased with me?” And then I began to wonder how much I resembled Jesus in his approach to life. Was…

Identity Check: You’re More Than a Sinner

When you’re told you’re a sinner, that’s not something you take lightly. It’s a tough thing to come to terms with especially when you’re bent on keeping a good or clean image. The reality of being a sinner means you’re imperfect, not deserving of good things, and maybe the most painful thing is it means…

Problems & Stats Killed the City

Since 2011 I have gone on missions trips. At the age of 19 I went to Seattle during Spring Break to serve the homeless – a first. One year later around the same time I went to New York City to help Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) reach out to college students (and also…

We are the Ruins

The world may call the ruins beautiful, but we can’t replace completeness for brokenness.

Where’s My Inspiration to Write?

“Blogging is hard.” That’s what I used to say when people would ask me about my blogging. I wouldn’t say that today though. Instead I would say something along the lines of, “Being someone who blogs consistently is not as easy as it sounds.” That sounds a lot more accurate and considering that I have been…

For All My Non-Nature Lovers Who Still Love God

I was never a nature lover at heart. In fact, I consider myself to be a city person or at least a place with an enjoyable downtown area. I enjoy the idea of walking through busy streets being surrounded by people and tall buildings. Conversely, I had a hard time enjoying the outdoors where I was…

Word to That – Entry #2 – Prayer’s Long Lost Companion

Word to That is a devotional where I’ll be sharing and challenging my readers to really dig into the faith. Prayer’s Long Lost Companion Prayer. We love it. We want more of it in our lives (especially those of us who think we don’t do it enough). It’s our main form of communication with God…

A Handful of Lessons for a Lifetime

It’s so easy to get caught up in “do this, don’t do that” and trying to memorize it all can be exhausting. So instead what if we just memorized several big picture ideas and tailored them to events in our lives? That’s the idea that I think will make life less burdensome.