Love in Action: 5 Ways to Thank Your Pastor

October is National Pastor Appreciation Month. If you’re like me, you have every good intention of thanking your pastor but you tell yourself you’ll get to it “later.” Well, ladies, today is “later.” October is almost over, and I don’t want to miss the chance (not that I can’t thank my pastor year-round, but sometimes a deadline helps me actually …

Friday Worship: Worthy is the Lamb

My voice was drowned by the thunderous roar of thousands of people filling the Q-Arena with praise. They were on their feet, hands raised to the rafters, voices singing at the top of their lungs the lyrics of the song: “And I hear the voice of all the angels sing: ‘Worthy is the Lamb!’” In that moment, I was overwhelmed …

Praise: The Antidote for a Bummed Heart

You know how sometimes you just feel down and out? Like there’s nothing wrong and everything wrong at the same time? You can’t really verbalize any one thing that upset you, but you feel like you could bite someone’s head off just the same? Yeah. I’ve been there more often than I care to admit. And in those situations, I …

The Audacity of Grace in My Life, Part 2

Yesterday I shared with you the beginning of my faith walk and my surprising struggle with sin when I had considered myself a good Christian. Here’s the rest of the story. I had been the arrogant older brother in the prodigal son parable (Luke 15:11-32) and the pharisee looking down on the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14). I was humbled that …

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The Audacity of Grace in My Life, Part 1

Although I grew up in church, I didn’t really grasp the audacity of grace in my life. Audacity (n.): bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints, the quality of being surprising or shocking I used to think I had a lousy testimony because I grew up in a Christian family and didn’t rebel against my parents or my faith. I …