Lessons from Jonah

This week on A New Beginning, I’m talking about the book of Jonah and the lessons that we can learn about obedience. Here’s a video of me telling the story of Jonah to some of my granddaughters a couple years ago. Feel free to watch it with your kids or grandkids! We’ve also put together some resources for pastors and group leaders who want to teach through the book of Jonah: sermon notes, message highlights, video and audio content, and . . . read more ›

When the Bottom Drops Out.

Have you ever had the bottom drop out of life? Without warning, one problem after another hits you in rapid succession. The New Testament book of James points out two varieties of trials and troubles that can come our way: those we bring on ourselves and those that come through no fault of our own. James, the half brother of Jesus, was writing to the 12 tribes of Israel that had been scattered abroad. They were no longer ruling Israel . . . read more ›

How to Pray when Things Get Hard

Do you remember the first time you ever prayed? Maybe it was when you were a little child, or maybe it’s something you have just started to do recently. Maybe you have been praying lately, and it seems as though all you hear from Heaven is the answer no. Sometimes people say that God never answers their prayers, but he answers prayer in three ways: Yes, no, and wait. When God says no, we think he didn’t answer our prayers, . . . read more ›

Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court Nomination

I stand in support of President Trump nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Last week, I stood in support of the thousands upon thousands of people meeting and standing for life in Washington as I wrote these words on Facebook alongside a picture of myself and my mom: “Life begins at conception, and every unborn baby has a right to live. I myself was conceived out of wedlock, so this is personal for me. I am thankful that . . . read more ›

This Morning’s Prayer

Here is the prayer that I prayed at this morning’s national prayer service: Our Father in Heaven and God of compassion, Our prayer today is that You would be near to all who call upon Your name, that is the name above every name. We pray that, in their daily life and work and service—in whatever form of service they are engaged in—that they would be devoted to our nation. Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we commend to Your gracious . . . read more ›