Even though God uses trials for our good, it's still tempting to become bitter instead of better. We have to choose to let trials make us better instead of bitter.

“Let” Trials Make You Better Instead of Bitter

Even though God uses trials for our good, it’s still tempting to become bitter. When people are suffering, there is greater potential for them to question, criticize—or worst of all—turn from God.  James 1:3b–4 reads: …the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and[…]

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Counsel for a child becoming a young man…

I was recently invited to speak at a young man’s 13th birthday party, with the parents viewing their son transitioning from child to young man. They asked some older men to challenge their son and exhort him about this next season of life. I was honored to be asked, and the “speech” I prepared follows. We’ll say[…]

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3 Truths About Judging

Last post discussed what correcting people is: loving. This post will discuss what it is not. Unfortunately, if you correct some people you’ll often be criticized for judging. In Matthew 7:1 Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” This verse might have the distinction of being the most misunderstood and misinterpreted in all of Scripture. There are people who[…]

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Can Young People Serve God?

Scripture makes it clear young people can serve God. John wrote Revelation in the mid-to-late 90’s. Considering John became Jesus’ disciple almost seventy years before that, he was probably only a teenager when called by the Lord. And he probably wasn’t the only one. Matthew 17:24-27 records Jesus and Peter paying the temple tax, which was[…]

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