The "Redeem Time" Challenge

I took the challenge! Hugh Salisbury, professor of pastoral studies, asked for volunteers to track a week of their life. The goal was to account for every half hour for a whole week and measure how well we were redeeming the time....

Fasting & Prayer

Fasting is one of the most overlooked and dynamic disciplines for the disciple of Christ. My bride, Junanne, and I have teamed up to offer you two resources we believe will help you get a clear vision for fasting...

The 4 "Onlys" of the Gospel

"Boil it all down, and what do you have?" I love the boiled down, bottom-line approach to all things, including faith. If I could tell you four "onlys" that will serve you well in understanding the "good news," it would be what follows...

Your Story Can Change Lives

I remember well the pressure of passing onto people how God had radically changed my life. I found myself being overwhelmed, feeling the need to articulate the good news with absolute clarity, but putting huge weight on myself that God never intended...

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

The correlation between what we think and how we live is undeniable. Reckless words from a parent, friend, or teacher can impact our thinking for a lifetime. Our upbringing, culture, clicks shape us, and this directs our thoughts and motivations...

3 Things to Keep Pornography Out of Your Life

Nothing is so damaging to our soul, relationships, and intimacy as pornography. Recent research shows that many more are ravaged by pornography than those who are talking about it. The typical approach for dealing with the addictive nature and devastating effects of pornography have had little positive impact...

9 Ways to Know that You Stand with God & God Stands with You

Fear of the unknown is a genuine fear. So not knowing where you stand with God can be debilitating. What follows will either serve to confirm that God has saved your soul or that you need to fall to your face and discover God's love for the very first time...

Secret Sin

Satan can get a stronghold in your life. One of his most excellent tactics is to tempt you into keeping sin a secret. If he can keep you living in the shadows of secret sin, he wins. Many people are running hard to get unstuck...

Wait, Trust, Watch

God hears your prayers. But are you waiting, trusting, and watching for the hand of God to move? When we visited Michelle’s home in Togo, West Africa, it was to do a home visit for his girl, sponsored in a Compassion International project. Through the course of the conversation...

4 Promises: Locked Down in One Psalm

Everywhere we look, promises are being offered up to us, but few can deliver. Psalm 19 paints a picture of God's promises that is neither for sale or show. Catch a vision for God's promises – they are locked in...

The Top 7 Things to Look for in a Church

Jesus was crystal clear – his church is a prevailing church. Finding a prevailing church is critical to your relational strength, emotional health, and spiritual trajectory – your life depends on the church you choose...

Never Settle For Too Little

Never settle for too little! Your life can be contagious – Your faith can have a lasting impact – Your soul can radiate satisfaction. The only thing that holds you back is settling for too little...

Find Allies

We arrived at Kaltag in the middle of the night. No one was in sight, so I went searching for a checker. I was standing just inside a nearby house when I heard screeching and yelps of a dogfight...

Get Wisdom

We’ll face several critical decisions in our life that require some profound wisdom. Where we turn for answers will dictate our direction. And the course we take can have a significant downstream impact on both our life and our legacy...

Comeback

When God saved me from my sin, it was dramatic. Tears of gratitude followed the sobs of repentance. I could barely grasp the power of God and witnessed God pick me up, clean me up, put a new song in my heart – past shouts of pain were now present shouts of praise...

Find Your Allies

One of the "Big 3" values at 180 Chicago is Allies: "Build strong allies with people who help you succeed." Allies is a critical value that will make us stronger or drag us under. When we get relationships right, it's a beautiful thing – FIND YOUR ALLIES...

Discover Your Gift

There is nothing quite like it. When Jesus ascended, he gave gifts to his people (Ephesians 4:8). Spiritual gifts are the dynamo of the community of Christ followers. When each person finds their role and gifts to match – Boom – people get better, stronger – everybody wins...

The Truth of Who You Are

Whatever you are believing about yourself today will be lived out in your life tomorrow. It is critical to understand who you are in Christ. If you have come to grips with your sin, confessed it to God...

Glitter or Gold

"All that glitters isn’t gold.” You’ve heard it, and you’ve lived it. It's easy to get enamored with flashes of beauty. But it’s the testing of fire that proves something or someone to be the real deal – all that glitters isn’t gold...

Fill Up

I had a friend nearly wreck his life and those he loved. God did a miracle of grace but not until after the ravaging pain of an affair. It took years for him to regain trust and get life rolling again. It begs the question: How does a person go from a deep love for God to a devastating crash?...

First

God can do in us what we can never do alone! But we can't live another day measuring our lives against sub-standard comparisons. We must stop setting goals that are attainable by human effort because when we hit them, they ring hollow...

Why

It's so easy to go through life just going along with the flow. The flow could be what we think we should do or what others want us to do. When people define themselves they often refer...

Broken

Brokenness is the birthplace of true greatness. Now greatness is not a bad thing in God’s eyes, but God’s brand of greatness is unlike what we may imagine. And any notion that the pursuit of greatness with God is odd, is merely a flawed perception...

Sword

It's time to put the forces of evil where they belong – on the run. The sword, or the word of God, is our only offensive weapon for spiritual war! Below are 10 excellent Bible reading plans from Biblestudytools.com...

Wisdom & Time

Time is always on the side of spiritual victory so don't give it away. Squandered time is more than lost time; it's loss of a precious commodity to help us live in certain victory and wisdom! ...

That's Me

’ll never forget the day God asked me, “Are you done yet?” After years of trying to be good enough, fun enough, and together enough, I was at the end. I soon found that when I was at my worst...

Why Your Prayers Go Nowhere

Have you ever felt like your prayers went nowhere? One time stands out in my mind. God allowed me to pray into a hollow place. The great answers I'd received in the past were just that – in the past. Now God was silent...

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