What Jesus Meant When He Told the Disciples They Can Move Mountains With Faith As Small As a Mustard Seed

He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." - Jesus (Matthew 17:20, NIV)As a kid I remember during bible camp trying to move a mountain with my newfound faith that was presumably (so I was told) the size of a mustard seed. It was right after a dramatic alter call and my 1000th time in committing/re-committing my … [Read more...]

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The Cost of Joy: “But We Rejoice in Our Sufferings…”

Joy is not the absence of pain; it’s the presence of meaning and intimacy [regardless of pain or sufferings presence]. Suffering, far too many times, I think, is the result of inaction; that is, doing nothing in face of pain or unexpected hardships.  It’s when we can’t find or don’t have a reason to push forward that we tend to give up and allow hardship to win. Taking this on from a different perspective: Joy is a constant choice in which we repeatedly make, day in and day out until it becomes … [Read more...]

“But We Rejoice in Our Sufferings…”

Just keepin' it real, but, the past two years, life has just completely and utterly beat shit out of me. It was like being trapped underneath a seemingly never ending set of waves; one bad thing after another; feeling a sense of panic from the uncertainty that you’re going to make it. But, in the same way you don’t try and stop the waves from coming, it’s fruitless to exert your energy on any attempts at stopping this series of unfortunate events; while it’s even more foolish to become angry dur … [Read more...]

When You’re Failing at Life #Adulting

I've been pissed at myself as of late. You see, I'm a grown ass man, and I can’t seem to will myself into waking up when I so choose. For the past several months I’ve been trying to work myself towards getting up and out of bed at 5:00am. I mean, I’ve done it - woken at 5:00am; I just have yet to do it on a consistent basis. Doing this isn't a small change, it's a complete overhaul in one's lifestyle.And, lets be honest, it’s not just waking up when I so choose that I struggle with; it’s eati … [Read more...]

A Simple Method to Resolve an Argument

[Illustrated by Kadriya Khayrutdinova. Edit suggestions by Anne Diebel.]Every time, in the heat of arguing, it’s in our human nature to do our best to win. However, arguing can get quite irrational when we lose focus on what we’re trying to resolve. If we’re not focused on solving the problem,we’re wasting time and energy that can be diverted into something more positive.On the bad stage of an argument, our empathy for the other person disappears, and empowers our own self to come thr … [Read more...]

Which Jesus?

Which Jesus have you chosen to follow? The predominantly taught American Jesus or the Jesus in which we find in the New Testament Gospel's, the biblical Jesus?Subscribe to my YouTube Channel! Click HERE! … [Read more...]

Keep Going

To follow Jesus is to commit to everything and anything that goes against “being careful”. I’m gonna say this, because it won’t be said to you very often… … [Read more...]

Following Jesus

“So like, how much longer do we have?” I asked Andrew, in my best stoner-esque voice possible...He was cordial enough to give me a courtesy laugh...We had been driving for maybe 10 minutes at most, not yet even outside of Orange County, on our 9 hour journey up north.We started off talking about our mornings, the weather, and then it somehow, as it always does, ended up being about theology, church, and of course predestination, which annoyingly, always seems to wiggle its way in to our … [Read more...]

With Everything

It's crazy to think that it's been over two years, since I left the pastorate.I've been reflecting a lot on this, this summer.You see, I quit more than my job. It was my career. It was what I built my entire life around, what I chose to pour my heart into. Though it didn't take me long to find that, I had it all wrong. That what we were doing was ineffective. It was a great business model, but not so much of an awesome kingdom model (pretty sure there isn't a "kingdom model", and if t … [Read more...]

Giving Up On God

I threw the towel in this summer…I quit. I had had enough of God. It's not that I didn't believe God was real, or that I questioned whether or not He existed. In fact I still believed Jesus was God, the only God.It's not that I stopped believing I just wanted to stop following … [Read more...]