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Feb 18

See Yourself

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual, Values

eye-114015_640For as long as I can recall I have struggled with the fear of rejection and the fear of failure. Though I’ve made progress, the battle continues.

Maybe you struggle with those fears too.

There are many things I try to elevate up my sense of self worth including personal happiness, hearty laughter at home, healthy friendships and professional success, but nothing seems to have lasting impact.

I have loving family members, caring friends, wise mentors, learned teachers, honorable leaders, truth-telling pastors, life-coaches and counselors, and a pile of good books, but it’s still not enough.

Feb 25

Feel Like A Wreck?!?

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

auto crumblingI had some shame stirring as I woke up: rude to my wife, messy with my stuff, snoring, gingivitis, etc. God knows I can digress if I sit in my junk for long.

When I do, I felt like a wreck. I know some of you have felt the same way:

I’m not even strong enough for myself
I’m falling to pieces
Honestly don’t care about anything anymore
Can’t go on living like this
I need someone to listen. No one can help me.

Fortunately, God is listening.

On the way to work in the back of my mind was playing:

Aug 26

Surfing For God by Michael John Cusick

Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Reviews, Social, Spiritual, Values

Subtitled, “Discovering The Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle”, Michael John Cusick begins with an abrupt and compelling question, “What’s Better than Porn?” He spends the majority of the rest of the book answering that question.

“You and I were created to fly. But something has gone terribly wrong…Adam and Eve lost their innocence and…barely a day goes by that I don’t hear a story about a man losing his (innocence) in exchange for pornography…(and) the losses are devastating.”

Jul 29

Simply Jesus And You by Joseph M. Stowell

Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 in Reviews, Spiritual

“Hands down, Jesus has drawn more attention and interest than anyone who has ever breathed the air of this planet.”

The author invites us into a deeper examination of what “Simply Jesus And You” might mean, “what does it really mean to enter into a relationship with God’s Son? What does it mean to invite Him into our lives?”

Answering his own question he expands, “A relationship with Jesus is not about us. It’s about Him. He didn’t die for us to advance His cause or hawk His wares. He died for you because He loves you, and seeks to welcome us into a growing and satisfying fellowship with Him. And it is in the confines of that fellowship that He graciously and generously bestows the blessings and benefits that only He can provide.”

Jan 15

Living in Tension, Pt. 3

Posted on Saturday, January 15, 2011 in Beyond Whatever Promos, Emotional, Spiritual

It’s true, there are a lot of hypocritical & judgmental Christians, but the Bible was written by real people like you and me.

The Bible was inspired by a real God who knows we struggle and doesn’t want us to settle for just being who we’ve been.

Rather than slipping into pretense the Bible wants us to embrace honesty. If you struggle, struggle; but if when you struggle, don’t settle.

Paul, a struggling man confessed to his tension in trying to follow God, and then explained his hope:

Jan 12

Living In Tension, Pt. 2

Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 in Beyond Whatever Promos, Emotional, Relational

Each week at TreeHouse we remind the teens about three needs which are common among people:
– We all need to be reminded that we’re lovable, capable & worthwhile.
– We need to know that we’re loved unconditionally — “without strings.”
– We need to know that we’re not alone.

Far too often we feel alone; alone in our struggles, alone in our pain, alone with our sorrow, alone without hope.

We Do Not Have To Feel Alone