Have You Checked With Jesus?

As a youth pastor, students who spend any amount of time with me will inevitably hear me say that I believe self-assessment is a spiritual discipline. It becomes far too easy to become complacent in our own relationships with Jesus. We go to church, read our Bibles, find a routine, get stuck in a rut and don't realize that while we think we are good we really aren't. Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about sin, about being bad. (Though sin can creep in.) You don't have to be BAD to not be GOOD. This isn't about losing our salvation after all, its about a personal relationship that is lacking...or dying. Because that's what Christianity truly is, not religion but relationship. I am not just

The Hunted

Hi peoples! So I am super excited to introduce you to a new book! Like real excited. Are you ready for it? Huh? Are you? Okay, well here it is... The Hunted, is the sequel to The Marked. (Emerald wrote this awesome post about The Marked and #LiveChosen.) Back to The Hunted. Basically, Myka Williams has been forced out of Knight's Academy and is on the run,.. ...constantly moving to keep the vampires off her trail until Preston's venom is no longer coursing through her veins. But she isn’t alone. Brent Jacobson is her protector, training her and teaching her how to be the werewolf she’s destined to be. He's annoying, stubborn—and hot. But there’s something he isn't telling her. Myka has to co

For The People With A Prodigal

I was reading the story of the prodigal son recently. It's a story I am familiar with. I've heard it hundreds of times in church throughout my life. Some things struck me this time though. Now, prepare yourself for some major conjecture on my part, I am not trying to read into Scripture what isn't there, but there were things I found curious. The father (and brother for that matter) didn't go check up on the younger son. He didn't send him more money or bail him out of his circumstances. He didn't rescue him. Now, the Bible doesn't tell us that the father even knew what the son was doing, or that he had run out of money and was living with pigs. Perhaps he didn't know. We do know this fath

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