Life’s Most Dangerous Word

Jim Carrey famously said, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” Today in our culture, I think people believe that if only they could be rich and famous, they know they would be happy. But tragically, this year two well-known celebrities took their own lives: designer Kate Spade and television personality Anthony Bourdain. Kate Spade was a fashion icon, yet she killed herself . . . read more ›

4 Things That Will Hinder Your Prayers

In a way, all prayer is actually answered. God answers prayer in three ways: yes, no and wait. When God says no to our prayers, we think he didn’t answer them. But actually he did. He said no. That’s an answer. Sometimes God tells us to wait, because God has his timing. And sometimes God says yes. So why is it that our prayers are not answered in the affirmative more often? One reason is the promise of answered prayer . . . read more ›

God Has Sent You a Text. Read It!

In the weeks leading up to SoCal Harvest at Angel Stadium in Anaheim last month, some of our billboards in Southern California were taken down because the images were considered offensive. The offending image showed me holding up a Bible. The good news is that it became a national news story, and I was able to talk about the Bible all over America. The fact that people say the image of a Bible is offensive speaks of the power of . . . read more ›

You Are Loved by God.

There’s something that’s really lacking in American culture today: shame. We now celebrate the things we used to be ashamed of. Everything is upside down. Right is wrong. Wrong is right. The Bible says, “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter” (Isaiah 5:20 NLT). It seems as though no one wants to be held accountable for their . . . read more ›

Don’t Be a Halfhearted Christian.

We all will leave a legacy of sorts – either a positive one or a negative one. Our lives eventually will come to an end, and each of us will leave a legacy. The truth will come out – the good things we did, the bad things we did, what we really stood for. We may live long, productive lives and, like Caleb of the Old Testament, be able to look back after 85 years and say that we finished . . . read more ›