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ESTHER (Profiles In Courage)

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.  For if you remain silent at this time, relief

STEPHEN (Profiles In Courage)

But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.  And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.  Acts 6:10,15 

Often the…

JOSEPH (Profiles In Courage)

When considering Bible heroes to present in this “Profiles In Courage” series, I have to admit that one of my favorite books of the Bible, Genesis, has several characters worth covering.  Abraham is certainly a man of courage; called to…

DAVID (Profiles In Courage)

I’m going to be spending the next few weeks going through a series titled PROFILES IN COURAGE.  I introduced this topic last year in 2020 and these blogs were interspersed throughout the year.  My heart has been drawn to stories…

Our Refuge & Fortress - Psalm 91 (Summer of Psalms)

Psalm 91 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High 
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, 
    my God, in whom I trust.” 

A Promise Of Restoration - Psalm 51 (Summer of Psalms)

Psalm 51 

Have mercy on me, O God, 
    according to your steadfast love; 
according to your abundant mercy 
    blot out my transgressions. 

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, 
    and cleanse me from my sin! 

For I know

The Heavens Declare His Glory! - Psalm 19 (Summer of Psalms)

Psalm 19 

The heavens declare the glory of God, 
    and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. 

Day to day pours out speech, 
    and night to night reveals knowledge. 

There is no speech, nor are there words, 

Resting In The Shepherd - Psalm 23 (Summer of Psalms)

Psalm 23 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 

    He makes me lie down in green pastures. 
He leads me beside still waters. 

    He restores my soul. 
He leads me in paths of righteousness 

ELIJAH (Profiles In Courage)

We're giving this series, Profiles In Courage, a bit of a reboot.  I enjoyed starting this topic back in 2020 as I love looking at heroes of the Bible.  My thought has been to spend an entire series (a single…

True Identity (Conquering Giants)

A real buzzword of today’s culture is the word identity. It seems today more than ever, we spend time talking about identity and being able to be who we truly are meant to be. Of course in a broken…

Relationship > Religion (Conquering Giants)

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of

Getting Ready To Say “I Do” (Walking The Path)

As we’ve gone through the past few weeks, everything has really been building toward a culmination of what this all leads to:  marriage.  Our years of singleness and our years of dating are (hopefully) preparing us for the years we…

Intentional Dating, Part 2 (Walking The Path)

Last time we began this conversation on dating knowing that much of what we encounter in our dating relationships can lead to brokenness and pain.  Honestly, what I write I wish I had taken to heart as a young man…

Intentional Dating, Part 1 (Walking The Path)

When I was in high school (over 20 years ago now!) there was a very popular book in Christian circles about dating.  The title was eye-catching and thought-provoking:  I Kissed Dating Goodbye.  It was probably in every youth pastor’s…

Will I Be Single Forever? (Walking The Path)

Perhaps what you are reading is not the usual content you might come to expect from the weekly As Bold As Lions blog.  I know it feels a bit “out of my wheel house” as they say and in full…

He Is Not Here, He Has Risen!

He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.  Matthew 28:6 

As I write this blog leading up to Easter, I am convicted to ask ourselves a question.  The question…

The Cross Is Everything

“There is no Christianity without the cross. If the cross is not central to our religion, ours is not the religion of Jesus.”  John R.W. Stott 

Coming into the Easter season, I wanted to leave room for a couple weeks…

What About False Gospels? (This Great Gospel)

Wrapping up a series on how to share and defend the Gospel, I wanted to take a week just to focus on some of the falsehoods that exist as we encounter our world.  Whenever the truth of Scripture is watered…

Apologetics — Not Just For The Experts (This Great Gospel)

a·pol·o·get·ics (noun):  reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine. 

This term apologetics always used to confuse me a little.  It sounds like the word “apology” and I once thought, “Why do I want…

These Truths We Hold (This Great Gospel)

In plotting out a blog series for this upcoming month, I was stirred to think about the faith we possess.  In my own life, I wrestle with how well I understand what I believe and whether or not I can…

Passing On A Legacy (HOMEFIRES)

Wrapping up a series on marriage and the family, it may seem a little odd to spend some time talking about legacy.  After all, we’re getting into the practical nuts and bolts here right?  We’ve been all about the everyday…

Raising Kids To Follow After Christ (HOMEFIRES)

Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  These words that I am giving you today are to be in

Doing Marriage God's Way (HOMEFIRES)

As we dive back into our discussion on the home, we need a reminder that we face a battle each day that is spiritual in nature.  The forces trying to take down the home, dismantle marriages, and break family bonds…