I Love You Unconditionally…On One Condition! (Free PDF)

Happy Valentine’s Day! To get you in that lovin’ mood, I hope you’ll love a free PDF of the introduction of my marriage humor book, I Love You Unconditionally…On One Condition! Can love be funny? You bet! But more importantly, creating the right conditions in your marriage is essential for a long and satisfying marriage. Read on…

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This Easter, Tell Yourself “In Christ Alone!”

For Easter Week 2012, I want to share one of the most beautiful Good Friday and Easter songs I’ve ever heard–In Christ Alone. Written by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, the lyrics of In Christ Alone are packed with amazing, life-changing Truth and deep theological thought.  Focused on the life of Jesus Christ from cradle to grave to resurrection, this song offers hope, comfort and perspective to the challenges of life. It offers so many wonderful insights into the benefits of walking with Christ every day. Tell yourself this Easter, “In Christ alone…” It just make all the difference in the world. Here are a few creative ways you can use In Christ Alone for your family and friends this week.

Do You Wrestle with God’s Love?

Do you wrestle with the truth that God loves you? I mean, really? God’s love for you? Are you completely comfortable with knowing that God loves you and accepts you one-hundred percent as you are? Not as you want to be or “should be,” but really, just as you are today. Yes, I know it’s pretty remarkable to reflect on the truth that God loves you unconditionally for who you are, but in our busy lives, I for one, don’t stop to consider this enough. (Painting-Jacob & the Angel by Wayne Forte)

I’ve met many people who wrestle with God’s love. It’s kind of like getting wrapped around a truck axle in a spiritual sort of way. There are so many people who hunger and yearn for unconditional love, peace, and a deep sense of spiritual freedom. Yet, it often seems so elusive. So I wrote a story about it… 

God of Love & Lightning Strikes

Krista and I were driving home from Las Vegas. As we left the artificial glitz of Vegas in the morning, the clouds and rain ahead were dark and ominous. We were headed into a storm and in for a wild ride. The dry brown scrub of rock and sand, yucca and Joshua Tree contrasted with deep greys and black skies overhead.

Is God Enough?

In my book, The Longing, I tell the story how chronic tendonitis in my wrists and the resulting depression kicked my butt. That’s right friends… K-I-C-K-E-D-MY-B-U-T-T!

If you’ve gone through difficult, dark periods in your life, you know how pain forces you to ask a number of difficult questions. Throw in a heavy fog of depression, like you’ve got a two-hundred pound Anaconda wrapped around your head, and that makes answering those questions even tougher.

Wide Receivers & Catching Footballs

I may not be Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald or Reggie Wayne, three of the top wide receivers in the NFL, but I do know something about catching footballs. I think you also know something about catching footballs too. Or something very similar. As children, we all tried to catch something. We all tried to catch the same thing, but it wasn’t a football.

Most of life goes back to elementary school, middle school and high school. It’s where the grooves of our lives are cut deep. It’s in our early years when the scripts of our life are chiseled into our hearts and minds that influence how we grow into adulthood. This is where many of us get stuck. Really stuck.

I wrote a story about catching footballs in my book, The Longing: Embracing the Deepest Truth of Who You Are. If may not be your story, but I hope you find glimpses of your story somewhere in it.  For this reason, I hope you’ll be encouraged and share it with others.

Father, Son & U2

Last Saturday, the day before Father’s Day, I pulled off one of my best Dad capers. I love surprises and I love to surprise people, so when I discovered late Friday night that U2 had not one, but two shows last weekend at Angel stadium, it was all I could do not to launch into action.

Joseph, my oldest son, who will be fifteen this week is quite a good guitar player who loves U2. He’s also 6’1″ (three inches taller than me), but this post isn’t about jealousy. Anyway, Joseph and I had plans two years ago to go to the U2 concert at the Rose Bowl, but had to cancel because of Joseph’s swine flu (and Bono’s neck surgery).

Is ‘Marriage & Unconditional Love’ an Oxymoron?

Is marriage and unconditional love an oxymoron? How can you, a husband or wife, learn to create the essential conditions for a mutually satisfying and loving marriage? (Without killing each other first!)

Next week, I’ll be celebrating my 22nd. wedding anniversary…Yahoo! If there’s anything I’ve learned about married life is this: Marriage is all about the simple, intentional choices we make everyday. ‘For better or for worse’ is all about better or worse choices in attitudes, actions, and priorities.

In most of my books, I’ve focused on the importance of creating loving relationships by loving God and loving others. Today, I’d like to offer a short excerpt from my book I Love You Unconditionally…On One Condition and a FREE PDF download of the Introduction.

Think about Good Friday

Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Today is Good Friday, 2011. A day to stop. Think. Remember. Examine our hearts. I’d like to share with you some simple Good Friday thoughts with you from the Book of Common Prayer.

I hope you will make these scriptures and reflections your prayer today as you remember God’s lavish love for you. Jesus Christ, going to the cross, for your sin and mine. Think about it.

Do It Anyway: Thoughts from Mother Teresa

[O]ne of the most popular posts here on Art, Life & Faith is this poem written by Mother Teresa. When facing difficult people and an often-harsh world, Mother Teresa’s challenge to “Do It Anyway” offer a refreshing perspective of what it means to walk intimately with God. Mother Teresa’s simple and profound thoughts on the love of God, service to others, and living a simple life of faithfulness to God continues to inspire millions worldwide.

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Her inspirational thoughts of what it means to love others in the name of Jesus strike an authentic, beautiful chord for everyone who desires a deeper walk with God. We all need gentle reminders to continue in the way of Jesus…