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Jesus: Mountain Moving Faith (Mark 11:22-26, Part 1)

Today I want to talk to you about mountain moving faith. In life we all face mountains. It may be a mountain in your marriage, you don’t see how you will stay together. A mountain in your finances, it doesn’t look like you will ever get out of debt. Maybe it’s a mountain in your health. The experts have said you are never going to get well. Maybe there is a mountain in your way of sharing the gospel with someone or becoming a missionary or taking mission trips. Continue reading

Recognizing Anxiety

Over the years I’ve had great men and women of God come to me and say, “Pastor, I am a follower of Jesus. I pray, read God’s Word, worship with other believers, and I’m involved in ministry and helping others grow spiritually. I love Jesus. Yet, I struggle with anxiety. I feel worried about things I shouldn’t worry about, and I can’t relax. Is there something wrong with me? I don’t know any other Christians who struggle with discouragement as much as I do. Things can be going great and yet on the inside I feel afraid and anxious. I feel like I’m not in control.” Does that sound like you or someone you know? God is keenly aware that His people struggle with anxiety. One of the first steps in managing anxiety is to recognize it when it is present. The earlier you are able to recognize it the sooner you can apply God’s help to your unique anxiety.[i] Continue reading

Have Faith in God (Mark 11:22)

Today, I want to talk to you about faith. Specifically, faith in the middle. It’s easy to have faith at the start. When you marry that beautiful person. When you have that new baby. When you start that new business. When you graduate and start that new career. That’s exciting.

It’s easy to have faith at the end, when you can see the finish line, the dream is insight, you have fought the good fight. Having faith at the start and having faith at the end can be easy. The real challenge is having faith in the middle. Continue reading

DisFIGured (The Fig True, Mark 11:12-14, 20-21)

Today, I want to talk to about fruitfulness. When God saved you, He gave you everything you need to live for Him. He called you to Himself. He loved you. He blessed you. He equipped you so you could represent Him. He wants you to speak for Him in your relationships. He wants you to bring the fruit of joy into those relationships. He wants you to bring the fruit of love and peace to your workplace, to your church, and to your places of influence. You are to bring the fruit of God’s kingdom to a spiritually hungry world. Continue reading

Four Spaces of Anxiety

Anxiety exists and spreads in four spaces: the space in you, the space between you and another, the space inside the other, and the space between others. Once you become aware of these four spaces you can begin to manage them. The sooner you can identify them, the sooner you can be calm and present, available to serve and bless others.  Continue reading

Meaning of Anxiety

Anxiety is part Chicken Little and part Eeyore. You think the sky is falling and it’s falling disproportionately on you.[i] Anxiety is a meteor shower of what-ifs. It is trepidation, suspicion and apprehension. Anxiety is a free-floating sense of uneasiness and nervousness about what is happening or what could happen. For some it feels like worry or fear. Afraid of what might happen. Worried if they don’t take control things will get worse. Anxiety can be over little things like a cluttered room or big things like the failing health of someone you love.

In this series of articles, I want to address several questions: What is anxiety? Where do I find anxiety? How can I recognize anxiety in my life? What are the sources of anxiety internally and relationally? Most importantly, what does God have to say about my anxiety and managing it? In this article I will address the meaning of anxiety. Continue reading

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