Prayer Isn’t Serious (Contrary to What We’ve Been Told)

By: Steve Brown on Monday May 14, 2018

God went to a lot of trouble to make sure that prayer was something different from that. When God invites his people to prayer, he invites them to a party—a celebration of the relationship and what created it, a celebration of who he is and what he has created, a celebration of life and meaning...

Election: Does God Send People to Hell?

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday May 9, 2018

The five points of John Calvin, in explanation of Reformed theology, are under the acrostic TULIP: Total Depravity—radical and pervasive depravity, the sinful condition of man. Unconditional Election—God has chosen his people before the foundation of the earth. Limited (or Particular)...

Steve’s Devotional - How to Believe

By: Steve Brown on Monday May 7, 2018

Jesus said a lot of amazing things about belief. He said with belief in him we could move mountains because with him nothing was impossible. James added that we could have wisdom if only we believed. But how do I believe? How do I move beyond doubt to trust? There are some answers in the story...

God’s Got Your Back

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday May 2, 2018

Probably hard for you too. You just won’t admit it. I am, after all, ordained and more spiritual than you are. (I know, I heard the angels laughing too.)   Last week I was working on a sermon with that as the text. I planned to give a lot of good biblical advice about peace and calm, and...

We’re Never Alone in the Dark

By: Steve Brown on Monday April 30, 2018

There is an old hymn my friend, Frank Boggs (the first recording artist signed by Word Records), used to sing: “How Tedious and Tasteless the Hours.” Let me give you a couple verses: Lord, if indeed now I am thine, And thou art my sun and my song, Say why do I languish and pine, And why are my...

We’re Not in Control

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday April 25, 2018

I’ve learned to control people and circumstances with words. I’m so phony I can hardly stand myself...and it’s that phoniness which enables me to control and avoid shame. I wince when I remember how many times and ways I’ve hurt people over the years. Frankly, it was easier to control them...

Steve’s Devotional - How to Know that You Know Him

By: Steve Brown on Monday April 23, 2018

Your Life Check out your life. Most people think that God looks at where you are along the road of life. We do that, but God doesn’t. God asks only two things—where you have come from and where you are going. I may be a lot more terrible than you, but the point is we’re moving in the same...

Just the Gospel (and a Milkshake)

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday April 18, 2018

Can we really disappoint God? Does God punish us? God disciplines us…but not in the way many think. Hebrews 12 on God’s discipline is the favorite text for Pharisees and the self-righteous. Their message is always that, of course, God loves you, but he is a disciplining God. If you get out of...