Archive | Growing Your Relationship with God

Ten Things They Don’t Tell You at Hooters

The beautiful twenty-three year old sat in my office and just cried. Heavy tears, deep signs, pain upon pain. The problem? Dad. When she was in her mid-teens when he decided that her mom–his wife–could no longer satisfy him. He decided he deserved better–younger, hotter, sexier–and he acted on it. He started going to Hooters […]

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When Will the Heaven Begin–The Ben Breedlove Story

On December 25, 2011, Ben Breedlove suffered a major heart attack and died a few hours later here in Austin. His death, and the amazing story of his life, became a YouTube sensation and has inspired millions of people around the world. You can learn more about Ben on the links below. Ben’s sister, Ally, […]

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Are You Pretty Enough?

Jennifer Tress was 42 years old and had been married for two years when she discovered that her husband was having an affair. When she confronted her him with his behavior, he responded by blaming her for being, “not pretty enough.” Jennifer has written about her experiences and more importantly, about women and self esteem […]

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Is Jesus God?

This may be the most critical question of all: Is Jesus God? It probably isn’t overstating things to say that say that the credibility of the Christian faith rests on the answer to this question. Here’s why: Jesus claimed to be God The Bible asserts Jesus’ deity Christianity is presented as unique in the world because of […]

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Does the Christian Faith Automatically Condemn People Who Never Hear of Jesus?

Without exception the most common and troubling question about Christianity is that of the future of those who have not heard of Jesus Christ. Believers and unbelievers alike wrestle with the apparent condemnation by Jesus of any who don’t know him. With statements like “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects […]

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Not Something You See Every Day

I recently had the privilege of officiating at my son’s wedding. It was a holy, beautiful and joyous experience. It was also completely unique, in that my son did something I’ve never seen another groom do. Before Amy came down the aisle with her father, Will addressed the congregation. He and Amy wanted everyone at […]

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If God is Loving, Why does he Allow Evil and Suffering?

In preparation for the Explore God initiative, I’ve spent a lot of time on atheists’ web sites. I’m very interested in the reasons they offer for rejecting God. One site gave a top ten list, and the author listed the same reason for both #10 and #1–terminally ill children. His point? No loving God would […]

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Is Your Relationship with Your Dad Impacting How You See God?

It’s one of the most important and revealing questions I can ask someone: Can you tell me about your relationship with your dad? And when I know about his relationship with his earthly father, I can usually discern much about his relationship with his Heavenly Father. I received an email from a young friend recently. […]

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Is the Bible Reliable?

There is no doubt that the Bible plays a major role in the Christian understanding of God and more specifically, of Jesus Christ. But many people really wonder if the Bible can be trusted. How did it get here? Is it reliable? Those are fair questions and as part of our Explore God emphasis, they’re […]

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Is God Real?

If God had wanted us to believe in Him, He would have existed. – Linda Smith God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that’s getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time goes on. – Neil deGrasse Tyson Oh that it were so simple. My friends in the disbelieving community propose that science–and specially, […]

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