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Rebel Against Your Pain

Rebel Against Your Pain

An Open Letter to Any Who Have Loved and Lost.   Dear Suffering Friend, I wish there were words that could reverse the many tears you have shed. Experiencing loss of those we love is, I think, the worst pain a human can endure. The causes of loss are many—drugs,...
Walking to the Boat

Walking to the Boat

For months, I found myself in a place of fear, doubt, anxiety, etc. Every day, I had to push to get myself out of bed, get myself ready, and drive myself to work. My brain was firing a million thoughts a second, and my heart was beating to a similar drum. Thoughts,...
Loved to Love

Loved to Love

Is love something we feel or something we do? Of course, the answer is both. As believers, we’ve been given a deeper understanding of love’s nature. First and foremost, we know that love is from God; it exists because He exists. We also experience His love both...
Live This Day as a Gift and a Miracle

Live This Day as a Gift and a Miracle

One hundred years ago today, on January 10, 1920, a young teenager lay dying after helping win the last battle of World War One. He called himself Homer Tommie, the names of his two best friends, because he was too young to join the army with his real name. He was...
This Is Our Hope in 2020

This Is Our Hope in 2020

What would happen if 65,000 college students gathered in protest? Wouldn’t it be a top news story? Well, 65,000 college students have gathered, and at least it is making the news! Here’s why they are meeting: The purpose of Passion 2020 is “you and me saying goodbye...
Loved to Love

Worthy of Being Unworthy

Are you devoted to things that will outlive you? Or, to put the words of Colossians 3:2 in the form of a question: Is your mind set on things that are above? As believers, we are positioned to live in time, for God who exists outside of time, for a glory that will be...
The Gift of Immanuel

The Gift of Immanuel

As I welcome Christmas morning here on Rocky Top, a dense fog has settled on the lake and is completely hiding its existence. It would be difficult at this moment for me to convince anyone that there is a beautiful lake behind my home. Yet I have seen the lake and...
The Gift of a Savior

The Gift of a Savior

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you...