happiness vs joy - how to increase joy in your life

Happiness vs Joy | Why You Should Stop Trying to Be Happy

SUMMARY Each day brings its own set of challenges and rewards. Will we get to work on time? Have a successful meeting? Find time to work out and stay positive? Or will there be traffic, tension between colleagues, too many emails, junk food, and high stress levels? If you think that your happiness depends on your[…]

the security of surrender - Jesus, God, Todd Phillips

The Security of Surrender | Letting God Take the Wheel

SUMMARY In order to live a passion-filled, purpose-driven life, we must all learn how to surrender ourselves over to God. When we surrender ourselves completely to Christ, we discover freedom, not bondage, a savior, not a dictator. It’s a difficult concept, but I wanted to share with you some insights that will help build your relationship[…]

how to be generous - online pastor and life coach

How to Live the Generous Life

SUMMARY This week we’re talking about GENEROSITY. We could speak forever on this topic, but unless we actually take action, it’s all talk. People who are just surviving life tend to hold on tightly to their money and possessions. People who are thriving and overflowing in life, pour their possessions and themselves onto others, expecting[…]

how to become a lifelong learner - online pastor and life coach

How to Become a Lifelong Learner

SUMMARY Do you love learning? If you just graduated or passed a certification exam, you may feel ready for a long break. But I want to encourage you to keep going. Learn to love learning. That’s the secret. It’s the learning process that often provides the most enjoyment anyway. Which of the following scenarios would[…]

Emotions and the Bible - Todd Phillips, Online Pastor

How NOT to Be Controlled by Our Emotions

SUMMARY Many of us go through our days on an emotional rollercoaster of doubts, fears, anger, and anxiety. Emotions can help us a great deal, but they can also create a lot of problems. We are prone to experiencing great highs and lows without any solid foundation of who we are, what we’re doing, and why. Emotions[…]

truths of the bible - God, Jesus, Love, and Christmas

Truths of the Bible

SUMMARY This holiday season a lot of us might need to be reminded about our worth and value in this world. Yes, Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus, but it can also be a time when we need to reaffirm what it means to have a relationship with Him. This sentiment is true regardless[…]

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How to Find Answers to Your Bible Questions

SUMMARY Curious about what the Bible says about tattoos? Want to know if our pets go to Heaven? What about the larger life questions like what happens after death? These are all incredible questions that most people find themselves asking at least at some point in life. We may not know what Bible verse to[…]

INNER ACTION - how god works in the storms of our lives, part 3

How God Deals with the Storms of Our Lives | INNER ACTION | Part 3

SUMMARY For the last 2 weeks, we have been discussing the ways in which God moves into the storms and challenges of our lives. The first, but least often, way that God helps us with our struggles is through direct intervention—He performs a miracle. That was week 1. Last week, we talked about how God[…]

how God works through interaction )PART 2)

How God Deals with the Storms of Our Lives | INTERACTION | Part 2

SUMMARY Last week, we talked about one way that God Deals with the Storms in Our Lives — the MIRACLE. Unfortunately, many Christians believe that God only works through miracles. So when God doesn’t perform the miracle that we’re praying for, we get upset. But we don’t know that God actually works in 3 ways to[…]

The Miracle - How God Deals with the Storms of Our Lives - Part 1

How God Deals w/ the Storms of Our Lives | INTERVENTION | Part 1

SUMMARY How God Deals with the Storms of Our Lives – Part 1 We all deal with terrible storms and challenges in our life—the loss of a loved one, an illness, the loss of a job, a challenging relationship, struggles in our marriage. Usually we handle these troubles quietly and tend not to share them[…]