Your Future is Life Not Death

The future of a Christian is secure in life because of the death and resurrection of God’s Son. He died so that we don’t have to.

Even though every person eventually dies, death is not at all natural. Every human being will one day pass away, but death itself was not a part of God’s original plan. Death entered the world as a consequence of sin.

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There is a reason we instinctively abhor death and the fact that it eventually swallows everyone we know and love. We as human beings are made in the image of God, and God is the Author of life. It is written into our hearts that life is precious, valuable, and worth preserving. This is why death is so vile to us. It is why we cry when we hear the news about someone passing away. We are made to enjoy and radiate life, not death.

God’s Economy of Worth

Is there something in your outward appearance that you don’t like? Is there anything about your body that you would change if you were able? I would.

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I’m short, and I’ve always been that way. I was constantly made fun of as a kid, and now as a five-foot-six-inch man today, I’m often viewed as “less than” or “unable” when it comes to typical male-dominated things like carrying heavy furniture or a casual game of tackle football. It’s always been a great source of pain for me, but what about you?

Six Things to Help You From Becoming a Digital Fool


When we type with our thumbs, they are an extension of our mouths, and as Scripture says, our mouths are an extension of our hearts. (Matt. 12:34)

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Consequently, your thumbs represent who you are. So by observing what you post online and what you text to others, who would people say you are? Are you wise or are you what the Bible calls “a fool”? (Prov. 29:11)

Regardless of how you may answer, let me offer six ways to help you from being or becoming a digital fool…

Boundaries are a Gift of God’s Grace

God’s boundary lines are an authoritative gift of his grace. In fact, the giving of the Law itself to the Israelites in the book of Exodus is a loving act of God’s favor extended to his people.

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Now, authoritative law-giving and grace aren’t often closely associated with one another in the minds of many, because Mount Sinai generally correlates in our thoughts with thunder, lightning, thick clouds, fire, trembling, and rules. We see the giving of the Law as pretty scary, but all of the jarring noise and breathtaking visuals were more likely akin to a school teacher in front of an unruly room of students, calling for their attention and shouting, “Class! Class! Listen up! I’m going to speak now about something that’s extremely important.”

Live in Community

If there’s anything the term “social distancing” has taught us, it’s that most people don’t like social distancing. Humans are hardwired to live in deep need of community, despite what all the introvert memes might joke about.

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The Christian life is always meant to be experienced in the context of community and association with fellow believers. There is a great deal of relational health in godly community, and I’ve seen its benefits up close. People grow when they’re rubbing shoulders with like-minded followers of Christ who share their resources, keep one another accountable for godly living, put their phones down, and talk with each other. 

How Our Culture is Lulling Us to Sleep

Going without physical food will yield pretty terrible results in your life, including malnourishment, extreme fatigue, organ failure, and eventually death. We as living human beings need food in order to function, let alone thrive.

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Similarly, as Christians, we need the spiritual food of God’s Word to function and thrive. Without regular intake of reading and absorbing the Scriptures, we will become spiritually malnourished and thus susceptible to all kinds of attacks and injuries to take us out of the race in pursuit of God.

I’m reminded here of the section in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair when the evil Witch-Queen of Underland is attempting to bewitch the story’s four heroes, Jill, Eustace, Prince Rilian, and Puddleglum. She has them cornered in a room and Prince Rilian is demanding they be set free from Underland and return to Narnia.

Truth Over Tribe

Before you vote on Tuesday, listen to this important conversation I had with Keith Simon and Patrick Miller—the guys from Truth Over Tribe.

Where do you pledge your allegiance? Is it to a specific political party or is it to Jesus? These kinds of conversations are INCREDIBLY important as we examine what it means to be loyal to Jesus over all else. I loved talking with Patrick and Keith, and I think you’ll really benefit from listening to this episode of Real Life Loading… wherever you get your podcasts.

RLL… Episode #1 – Heather Holleman

I’m thrilled to say that the very first episode of Real Life Loading… is now available wherever you get your podcasts. And to kick it off with the best of the best of guests, we’ve got the one and only Heather Holleman helping us wade through Taylor Swift opinions, contentment in Christ, TikTok jealousy, and how to view yourself as a sent believer in Christ (amongst other important topics).

Heather Holleman

I loved my conversation with Heather, and I think you will too. Search for Real Life Loading… on any podcast platform and you’ll find us. New episodes every Friday!

Coming 9.9.22—Real Life Loading…

Real Life Loading… will be a new weekly podcast from FamilyLife for 18-28 year olds, hosted by me. I’m thrilled that it’s finally going to be released!

It’ll be a 30 minute podcast coming out every Friday, but also released on the radio each weekend for parents and grandparents to listen in on what the kids are talking about these days.

There will be interviews, fun segments, practical advice, and gospel-saturated content on topics like:

Identity, theology, sexuality, mental health, dating, church, suffering, addiction, prayer, anxiety…and so much more.

And as we’re getting rolling, these will be my first round of guests:

Sam Allberry

Jen Wilkin

Paul David Tripp

Rachel Gilson

Rebecca McLaughlin

Jennie Allen

Alisa Childers

Garrett Kell

Justin Brierley

Dr. Michael Kruger

Tim Muehlhoff

Rechab Gray

Matt Smethurst

Dr. Heather Holleman

…and many more to come.

It’s also produced by FamilyLife, so we’re recording on professional equipment, we hired a professional artist to write the music for it, and it’s being mixed and mastered at the FamilyLife sound studios where they record the daily FamilyLife Today radio show.

I’m really excited about it, and prayerful that it will impact many lives in the coming years. My heart is to become a trusted friend who helps young people walk closely with Jesus in the context of their ever-shifting culture. I don’t want to claim to have all the answers, but sincerely admit that I’m just as much in process as anyone who’s listening.

In fact the tagline of the show is, “Somewhat anxious. Always authentic.,” and those 3 dots at the end of the title intentionally imply that I haven’t arrived.

Keep an eye out for it arriving on September 9th!

The Kingdom Without the King

As much as we despise authority in our lives, human beings are in dire need of God’s authoritative rule.

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And as culture tries to manufacture the utopian society it craves without the reign and rule of God, it must quickly recognize that it’s entirely impossible to fabricate what one pastor and author calls, “The kingdom without the King.”1