The Five Most Out-of-Context Verses (and a bonus one):

5. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”- often quoted about winning sports games. Context: Learning how to live independent of what we want. Paul is talking about going hungry and having nothing, as well as abounding. He says, “I’ve learned the secret of contentment regardless of circumstances. And this is it…I can do all things…” …

Catalyst and a God who Refuses to Give Up on Me…

I attended my first Catalyst Conference in (I think) 2011. Wasn’t sure I wanted to go. But my friend Brad did. Felt called to it. So we saddled up the bikes and rode to Atlanta. Brad had a huge chain and lock. We locked the bikes together at the hotel so they wouldn’t get fled from us by thieving minions. …

How You Handle “No” Means Everything…

From my Facebook Post, August 24, 2016 year ago: How someone handles “No” says much about their maturity, trust in God and ability to walk well in long-term relationships. Recently, someone contacted me and wanted to know if I could do something. Wanted to know if I had any conditions by which I would say, “No.” I answered honestly that …

When You Just Can’t Win…

You can’t win! You just…can’t! When you know you won’t win. That you can’t. No matter what you do. With someone. Or a group of someones. You can continue to try. Bending over backwards with niceness and obsequiousness. Changing who you are and trying desperately to be what they say you should. So you can get their approval. Or you …

You ARE a Leader. Right now. The only question is, “What kind?”   You have people who are watching you? You have influence in people’s lives? Are you in a position to serve others? Then you’re a leader.   Leadership is different things to different people. For some, it’s control and authority. For the believer, it’s influence above all else. …

All Religions= Same God?

We don’t worship the same God. All religions are not the same. What we believe matters. I did an image search once for Pastor Brian Robinson. It pulled up a different guy. So I thought I’d be more specific. I pastored a church called The River. So I searched, Pastor Brian Robinson The River. Again, same guy. But not me. …

Heal our Land?

God says that prayer moves his hand. That when his people pray, he does what he would not do if they had not prayed. “You do not have because you do not ask…”- James 4. (And yeah…you gotta ask with right motives, as the context makes clear. In his will, in submission to his Lordship.) God invites his people to …

You are not…But you are…

You’re not your mistakes. You are not your failures. But you are also not your successes. If you define yourself by your successes, you’ll be devastated when you fail. And we all do. If you are in Christ, that’s your identity. You are a new creation. You are in the process of becoming all God created you to be. And …

The Care and Feeding of Christian Women…

When she married you, she placed her future in your hands. If you have kids and walk away, there’s a GINORMOUS chance she’ll be in poverty for many years. Even if you don’t have children, she’s placing her future alongside yours. Tied to you. That’s a gamble she only makes if she believes you’re worth it. She needs to know…more …