Posts with the tag “pastor-kenton-rahn”
November 23rd, 2023
There are two mistakes we can make in the Christian life that are equally dangerous: we can be too hard on ourselves, or we can be too easy on ourselves. The second mistake leads to a life of unrestr...
November 9th, 2023
One of the saddest moments of my life was walking through the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. At one point on the tour, the museum highlights how Jews were abducted, packed into train car...
October 26th, 2023
“Hey partner, how are you doing?” the paramedic said, looking down at me.I was writhing on the floor with excruciating pain radiating through my left side, the unmistakable sensation of a kidney stone...
October 13th, 2023
According to the Bible, there are only two kinds of children in the world—the children of God and the children of the devil (cf. 1 John 1:12–13 and John 8:39–44). That’s a very stark and startling re...
September 29th, 2023
The fear of the Lord is a difficult concept for many Christians to grasp. As God’s children, we marvel at the love our heavenly Father has for us, and we have a hard time understanding what role fear...
September 12th, 2023
When I was in Elementary School, I had a great friend who lived on the other side of town where I grew up. During summer vacation, we were allowed to walk, run, skateboard, or ride bikes to each othe...
August 31st, 2023
I’m kind of an all-or-nothing type of person. I like things that are black-and-white, cut-and-dry, clean, clear, simple, and straightforward. But life is often sloppy, messy, uncontrollable, unpredi...
August 18th, 2023
Recently I completed my first 40-day fast. I never thought I would attempt something like that, but I believe the Lord invited me to a different kind of feasting that I couldn’t resist. It reminded ...
August 3rd, 2023
There are a lot of wonderful promises in the Bible, but one of my favorites has to be the promise of God’s presence. The ESV translation contains the phrase “I will be with you” eleven times and “I a...
July 19th, 2023
Romans 12:12 is an amazing verse. John Piper calls it “a description of the Christian life,” and I think he’s right. Here is a strand of three priceless pearls for us to marvel at. Not only is each...
July 5th, 2023
Samuel has got to be one of my favorite characters in the Bible. The story of his birth and Hannah’s desire to dedicate him to the service of the Lord is inspiring (1 Sam 1:1–28). As a young boy, he ...
June 22nd, 2023
Have you heard the sweet old hymn called “Count Your Blessings?” The opening stanza has some really good advice. It reminds us: “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise y...
May 10th, 2023
I was born again and became a new creation in Christ on February 13, 1993—just two months shy of my 23rd birthday. I know for a fact that my mom helped pray me into the kingdom, and shortly after my ...
April 27th, 2023
When I was about nine years old, a neighborhood friend of mine probably saved my life. It was a beautiful sunny day during summer vacation. Steven and I were sitting on top of a block wall talking whe...
April 13th, 2023
When I was younger – and in much better shape – I used to go on solo backpacking trips in the Sierra mountains. I would scour the map for a remote lake nestled in a forest and get away for a few days...
March 16th, 2023
In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick made one of the greatest discoveries in the history of the world. Peering into the genetic structure deep inside our cells, they were the first to identify the...
March 3rd, 2023
There have been a couple of days recently when I was feeling pretty down and didn’t even want to open the Bible. I just didn’t have the energy to search the Scriptures, and I didn’t know what to read...
February 15th, 2023
A number of years ago my parents gave me a loan to help me buy a car. It came at a time when I wasn’t making a lot of money, but every month I sent them my monthly payment. Like so many of us, I was...
February 2nd, 2023
Recently my dad spent 16 days in the hospital. After battling pneumonia and sepsis, it appeared he was recovering and the doctors took him off life-support, but he passed away on January 9, 2023. At ...
January 5th, 2023
One of my favorite scenes in John Bunyan’s classic work The Pilgrim’s Progress is when the main character – Christian – spends time in the house of Interpreter. Interpreter (who represents the Holy ...
November 24th, 2022
I can’t imagine living in a world without new things. What if everything stayed the same and never changed? Or everything just wore out and dilapidated over time without being fixed or replaced? It ...
November 10th, 2022
A few days ago I walked past a convenience store and did a double take when I spotted the grand prize for the California Lottery - $1 billion dollars – the second largest Powerball jackpot in U.S. his...
October 27th, 2022
The average adult between 18 and 64 needs between 7-9 hours of sleep, but recent studies show that 35% of Americans are sleep-deprived, and 50% struggle with feeling sleepy throughout the day. If you ...
October 13th, 2022
I once heard a story about a man who went to see an eye doctor. The receptionist asked him what kind of problem he was having.“I keep seeing spots in front of my eyes,” came the answer.“Have you ever...
September 28th, 2022
Some people think the will of God is mysterious and enigmatic – hard to understand. But this passage makes it crystal clear. While there are puzzling questions in life that require patience and wisdo...
September 15th, 2022
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible on prayer. In my book, it ranks right up there with Hebrews 11:6 and 1 John 5:14-15. It begins with three mind-blowing promises for those who A.S.K. – ...
September 1st, 2022
Lately I’ve been feeling the call of Yosemite Valley. If I don’t visit once a year I start going through withdrawals. One of the most-breathtaking views on the planet, in my opinion, is driving thro...
August 18th, 2022
I’m not being humble when I say that I’m a horrible singer. I have virtually no musical talent. So when I worship the Lord, my goal is that the song in my heart will sound better than the song that ...
August 4th, 2022
What does it mean to have faith like a mustard seed? In this verse, Jesus uses an analogy, and I find it interesting that he compares faith to a mustard seed. I think there are a couple lessons we c...
July 21st, 2022
Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant when he said to his disciples, “You are the salt ofthe earth?” In ancient times, his parable was particularly striking because salt was a rarecommodity before m...
July 7th, 2022
The grace which justifies is the grace which sanctifies. Sanctification is all of grace. It is initiatedby grace, performed by grace, and perfected by grace. It requires our cooperation as saints, but...
June 21st, 2022
There is a promise from God in Scripture for every conceivable situation we may encounter in life. And since we’re always facing some sort of situation – a need, a trial, a perplexing dilemma, a deci...
June 9th, 2022
At the risk of being overly simplistic, imagine everyone in the world fit into one of three categories: those who dwell on the past… those who live in the present… and those who focus on the future.Al...
May 26th, 2022
I wonder if you’re going through a battle right now? According to Ephesians 6:12, we’re always facing some form of invisible warfare or another, some form of spiritual attack from our enemy. And the...
May 12th, 2022
In a recent sermon I talked about the importance of recognizing the difference between conviction and condemnation. There are two mistakes we can make in our Christian life – being too hard on oursel...
April 28th, 2022
Recently I was reading through the Book of Leviticus. My tendency is to speed through the opening chapters because the regulations for the sacrifices are very detailed and repetitive. But this time ...
Day 7: The Cross
April 16th, 2022
Each day this week we are releasing a video devotional from one of our pastors related to the Passion Week designed to help you meditate on the events of Jesus' final week.We invite you to go through ...
Day 39: The End of Abortion
April 9th, 2022
Right now in the United States almost a million precious children are aborted every year. That’s about 3000 babies lost every single day. It is by far the leading cause of death in our country.But i...
DAY 38: Stories from the Sidewalk
April 8th, 2022
Abortion is a painful and emotionally draining issue. So I’m thankful you’ve been praying with me for the past 38 days. And I figure you’re ready for some good news… Thanks to the prayers and effort...
DAY 37: The Other Half of the Equation
April 7th, 2022
Stephen Arterburn – author and founder of New Life Ministries – went to college to get a Christian education, but what happened is that he got a girl pregnant – and pressured her to have an abortion. ...
Advent Devotionals: Day 11
December 7th, 2023
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December 6th, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 9
December 5th, 2023
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December 4th, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 7
December 3rd, 2023
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December 2nd, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 5
December 1st, 2023
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November 30th, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 3
November 29th, 2023
Advent Devotionals: Day 2
November 28th, 2023