No one talks about the son who stayed at home

I sat and talked with a friend the other day. We were talking about life, faith, and stories. As I shared about another friend of mine who has majorly turned his life around, he said “Joel, I’ve grown up my whole life in church, I’ve never partied, I never even touched alcohol until I was 21, I never did drugs, I’m not married, so I’ve never had sex, I’ve never majorly screwed up. I’ve always done exactly what the church has taught me to do. And I feel like that’s not good enough. Like I don’t have a story to tell.”

He paused for a moment and drew a breath as his eyes moistened. Then, with his voice quivering, continued,

“I hear people talk about all these people who are turning their life around, who used to be really bad, and everyone celebrates them. But here I am, and no one even mentions how well I’ve done at keeping all the things that Jesus commands and the church tells us. I feel like I’m not good enough, that I don’t have a story to tell, that I have nothing to say that is worth listening to.” Continue reading

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The Disciple Jesus Loved?

When you read through the book of John, you’ll see a specific individual referenced, but never by name…

“The disciple whom Jesus loved”.

Now, we know that this references the Apostle John, one of Jesus’ closest/best friends, but John never actually names himself… I wonder why that is? And we’ll get to that at the end, but think about it for a minute…

What a pretentious title to give yourself.

Imagine if I walked around calling myself “The citizen whom the president loved”. And not because he ever specifically said, “I love you most”, but because I believed that I was really loved by him.

You would think I was crazy, arrogant, and stuck up!

But that is not what John intended at all. Continue reading

United We Stand?

So many times, we christians are our own worst enemy. We judge, argue, call names, ostracize, alienate, and belittle others, over little things in the name of Jesus. But that is so wrong. Continue reading

Deeper

Well, since this is my last blog post before Sunday, I want to fill you all in on a thing I am helping to launch called Deeper.

Have you been going to church for a while, maybe made some steps towards Christ, either getting to know him, or trying to know Him more, but just felt like something was missing? Felt like it was to shallow? Felt like you wanted to go deeper? Continue reading

Salvation from Righteousness

I read this post from Jon Acuff a while ago, and it got me thinking about sin, and righteousness, and how we view ourselves and others when we perceive ourselves as righteous. Take a gander at it and let me know what you think…

Theologian C.H. Spurgeon once said, “It is easier to save us from our sins than from our righteousness.” Continue reading

Be Still and Know…

When darkness comes upon you
And covers you with fear and shame
Be still and know that I’m with you
And I will say your name
~ “Be Still” by The Fray

This song has very quickly become one of my favorite songs.

When life is swirling around us. Our reaction is to want to run around like a chicken with our head cut off. We run around trying to get everything under control. We get stressed out, worried, and overwhelmed. But that isn’t the answer… Continue reading

Love vs. Judgement

I read this great post the other day and it really moved something in my spirit. Made me feel both happy and ashamed to be a Christian. This woman called out the best in us, and pointed out the worst. Showed us what Christ said, and showed us where we fall short of that calling… I would really encourage you to take some time and head over to her page and read it…

Why These Are My Issues

Sickness & Insecurities

You probably noticed that I missed my post on Thursday. That was because I was sick. I left work early Wednesday because I couldn’t work, and then Thursday I worked for one hour before going home and sleeping the rest of day away.

Then Friday we had a kick-off party thing for my 2 best friends before they left for their trip. Saturday morning, I had to get up early to practice for a play for church, so I only had the chance to say a quick goodbye while they were half-asleep.

Their leaving was much harder on me for me this time for some reason…

Much harder… Continue reading