The Forest and the Trees: Why God Doesn’t Define you by your Mistakes

The Forest and the Trees: Why God Doesn’t Define you by your Mistakes

Seeing Things as God Sees Hebrews 11:1 provides the most concise yet comprehensive definition for “faith” in the entire Bible:   Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (NASB).   Over the years, I have heard many alternative definitions. With rare exceptions, none of them contradicted the aforeme

How Did Christ Overcome Temptation?

How Did Christ Overcome Temptation?

Satan Cannot Compel to Sin The tempter thought to take advantage of Christ's humanity, and urge Him to presumption. But while Satan can solicit, he cannot compel to sin. He said to Jesus, “Cast Thyself down,” knowing that he could not cast Him down; for God would interpose to deliver Him. Nor could Satan force Jesus to cast Himself down. Unless Chr

How to Press into the Presence of God

How to Press into the Presence of God

Two snail toys, two pencils, a slinky, assorted Lego pieces, a receipt, a plastic bag, a leaf, two marbles, a plastic toy soldier . . . all these and more I have found today as I sweep the cracks and crevices of my house in my weekly cleaning ritual. Now don’t get me wrong, I do light sweeping several times a week for things I can clearly see, but

How to Let Go of the Past That is Holding You Back!

How to Let Go of the Past That is Holding You Back!

Recently, while sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for my son’s turn to be seen, I began to examine my key chain. Every time I’m in the waiting room, I examine something different. One time the ceiling tiles, another the floorboards... I’ve been told by many people that life with me is crazy, fast-paced, and exciting… but I digress.   The

Redefining “The Patience of the Saints”

Redefining “The Patience of the Saints”

I anticipate that some hairs might stand on end in reaction to the title of this article. Anyone who may have the instinct to warn me against rewriting Revelation 14:12, or any portion of John’s Apocalypse, would stand on legitimate ground.[1]   I assure you that I stand on the same ground and am emphatically uninterested in and unworthy to ch

How to Stay Adventist on a Non-Adventist Campus, Part 1

How to Stay Adventist on a Non-Adventist Campus, Part 1

God’s people are called to be salt and light wherever we go. This may be a common cliché we hear a lot in church but what does it mean in practice? How can we take the guidance of scripture and apply it practically in our communities? In this 6-part series, I will attempt to share some of my own answers from my faith journey through the world of th

The Adventist Way to Financial Success Part 2 – How to Assess Your Financial Fitness

The Adventist Way to Financial Success Part 2 – How to Assess Your Financial Fitness

Financial intelligence and financial wealth isn’t a function of where you live, your political point of view, the evils of “globalism,” who is president, what the economy is doing, or whether your daddy is the president of the bank where you work. Financial success isn’t so much about your past as it is about what you are doing in the present. It i