The second desire is this area that He wants us to feel supported. There is an emptiness, or God-shaped vacuum, that He’s put into our lives, and the only person who can fill it is Jesus. Now, you can try to fill it with other things, but before I get to that, this emptiness is usually called loneliness. Loneliness is really the symptom; it’s not the cause…Read More
Many years ago, I selected a life verse. It was Psalm 37:4. “Delight yourself in the law of the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Now, back then, I thought that God was going to give me my desires of my heart. As you grow older, you get a little bit of knowledge, a little bit of wisdom, and it became clear to me He wasn’t talking about my desires. He was talking about His desires that He put into my heart. Over time I began to understand those desires, and I have identified seven of them. There could be more, but there are at least seven desires. One of them is what I want to talk to you about right now, and that is…Read More
I’m excited to share with you a thought that is sometimes difficult to understand. As a matter of fact, it has to do with trials and obstacles. It has to do with not understanding, always, why God is allowing certain things into your life. As a matter of fact, if you asked me what was my absolute favorite chapter in the Bible, you would probably never guess it. My favorite chapter is 1 Samuel 9. I remember reading it for the first time – I’m not going to read it all to you now; I can’t. But I would encourage you to go back and look at it, because it is just simply awesome. It starts with Kisch, who is the dad of Saul, and Saul was the first king of Israel…Read More
What is the greatest gift you could give somebody? You ever ask yourself that question? Think of the people you love the most in this world. What is the greatest gift that you could give them, that’s within your power to give them?
I believe it’s this: I believe it’s God’s truth. There’s no greater gift that you can give to somebody than God’s truth. God’s truth explains all the big questions of life. How did we get here? Why are we here? What are we supposed to be doing here? What’s going to happen after we’re here?
It really does answer all those questions right here in this book. Think about the countless hours that philosophers have spent on trying to answer those big questions of life apart from God. I don’t say that critically, because before we were in Christ, we were doing the same thing. But the answer really lies in…Read More
Hi, CBF family. I have a confession to make to you. Within just the last 24 hours, I had a major conflict arise at work that just frosted me. I got so angry, I just wanted to leave. I was out of the office. I wanted to return and just butt heads. Have you ever been there? I bet maybe you have. Fortunately, God checked my spirit and stopped me from doing that, from exerting my power and my role, and instead I just stopped to pray. What came to mind was a passage of Scripture that just spoke to me. It was a message I’d heard a couple of weeks ago from my pastor, and it just resonated.Read More
Transcript: Welcome back to CBF. When I think about business and faith and how they intersect, I’m reminded obviously of God’s Word. When coaching people, I’m reminded of this: that there’s a process of success, and generally it starts with Step 1, which is a journey of success – it’s not a moment, it’s a…Read More
Transcript: Hey CBF, welcome to our main meeting. I think it’s going to be a great one, I think it’s going to be an exciting one. A young man that I’ve been coaching said to me recently at a coaching session, “Hey, I think my boss is out to get me. I think I’m going…Read More
Transcript: Hey CBF family, thanks for coming to this month’s meeting. It’s going to be an interesting one. I just wanted to share a thought from the Word before we get into the teaching right after this. I’d like to frame it this way. The firm I work for, Van Kampen Funds, there was a…Read More