I’ve got good news; you’re likely on your way to being a millionaire! If you’re skeptical, consider this calculation by Randy Alcorn:   “Take…a man or woman who works from age twenty-five to sixty-five and makes ‘only’ $25,000 a year. Forget for the moment the huge additional value of health and retirement benefits, interest, pay raises, and other income sources, including inheritance or Social Security. Even without these extras, this person of modest income (by our standards) will receive a million dollars. He or she will manage a fortune.”   Just in case you missed Alcorn’s point, here’s the breakdown:   (An annual salary ofRead More →

Earlier this week, I wrote a devotion for preteens on the subject of work. In doing so, it struck me how poor an outlook youth are provided when it comes to thinking about employment.   On one hand, many kids today hear the message that work is pure drudgery. It’s a toilsome means to an end that makes the alarm clock enemy #1 when it announces the arrival of a Monday. Thanks to favorably-filtered weekend photos and memes depicting work as a grind, Facebook is often the social media breeding ground for this sentiment.   Conversely, kids also hear that work is a blissful endeavorRead More →

Here are eight sayings Christians often get wrong about the Bible. These aren’t heretical statements; they’re just a few Sunday morning clichés which could use a fact-check. How many of these expressions have you said or heard?   1. “David killed Goliath with a sling and a stone.”   The ending of this popular story is more graphic than most storybook Bibles suggest. Yes, David’s stone makes Goliath fall to the ground. However, the killing blow was not actually the impact of the rock. It was David striking Goliath with the giant’s own sword and cutting off his head (1 Samuel 17:51). If you thinkRead More →

While God doesn’t intend for us to assume the Holy Spirit’s role, there are practical ways we can fan flames of passion for God’s Word in our spouses’ lives. Here are five clever ways to bless your spouse’s quiet time:   1) Plan a Date to Go “Old-School” Bible Shopping   While mobile devices provide more freedom than ever before to read the Word, they also bring with them a myriad of possible interruptions. ESPN notifications, Pinterest boards, and Facebook updates all compete for our attention when we delegate our quiet time to the digital realm. And if we’re honest, God’s Word sometimes starts toRead More →

Some of my favorite moments of each day occur around 7:30pm. This is the time I typically have devotions with my five-year-old twins using a storybook Bible.   Up until they were three, my wife and I used The Big Picture Story Bible with our kids. This is a fantastic storybook Bible. In fact, if you want a quick overview of the entire Bible and how all the major stories fit together as one, it’s worth your time to read as an adult. (You can do so in about an hour.)   However, as my kids’ attention spans have expanded, I’ve struggled to find aRead More →

  One of the more frequent commands in Scripture is short and to-the-point.   It’s a two-word instruction found 28 times in the New Testament. The phase is uttered by Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, and by the apostles. It can also be found in all four gospels, in several of the epistles, and in the book of Revelation. What’s this pervasive Bible phrase? It’s the simple command to, “Get up!”   Almost all of the Biblical commands to get up require a person to move in order to experience the mercy and grace of God. Consider these examples:   The paralytic had to riseRead More →

      Cheer for His Children – Fathers breed godly confidence in their kids by being their biggest supporters, not just on the playing field, but wherever God calls young hearts to bring Him glory.   Establish a repertoire of at least five character voices for story-time.   Discipline in Love – Faithful dads aren’t lazy when it comes to engaging sin in their children’s lives. Dads are prepared to stand up to the real enemy (even when it temporarily makes them out to be the “bad guy” in their children’s eyes).   Be willing to get his hands dirty. (Drool, runny noses, diapers…yeah,Read More →

  Luke 17:7-10 contains one of the shortest and most unfamiliar parables in all of Scripture.   It’s one of those passages that doesn’t make it’s way onto Christian T-Shirts and coffee mugs. The likely reason is because in this passage, Jesus calls people (even what appear to be faithful people) “good-for-nothing.”   Since it’s only three verses long, take a moment to read Jesus’ words in context:   “Which one of you having a slave tending sheep or plowing will say to him when he comes in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? Instead, will he not tell him, ‘PrepareRead More →

    For 15 years, I sold Bibles for a living. Well other things too, but as a Christian bookstore manager, the bulk of my attention was on getting the Word of God into people’s lives.   A sampling of our Bible department revealed no less than 16 different Bible versions, with many more just a click away from being ordered. A few Bible acronyms you might recognize are: NIV, HCSB, KJV, NKJV, ICB, NASB, ESV, NIRV, NLT, and NRSV. Given this list, it’s no wonder why so many people are asking the question, “What’s the best Bible version?”.   What Are We Asking For?Read More →

  I just did the math. In the last 38 days, the American flag has flown at half mast a total of 15 times.   15 out of 38 days. This means in the last month, your kids had a 40% chance of seeing a flag out their car window that represented human lives killed in domestic and international attacks. Sadly, this has become their new normal.   Here’s the other new normal for our kids: #PrayforBatonRouge #PrayForNice #PrayForDallas #PrayForOrlando #PrayForSanBernardino #PrayForParis   There are a hundred other hashtags we could add to this list. You and I know the drill too well…   ARead More →