What You Don’t Remember Has Changed You Forever
When you realize that God loved you in such a helpless state – like your loved ones cared for you as a crying, messy infant – you start to understand that God is pursuing you…and that changes everything!
Jesus Is Your Salvation…And Your Motivation
Jesus has secured our eternal life, our salvation, but what about today? How does Jesus’ work on the cross motivateContinue Reading
A Life of Perfection vs. A Perfecting Life
Have we made the mistake of expecting a perfect life when instead we should be expecting a life that perfects?
Sweat and Worship: How common ground can lead to perfect unity in Christ
Joshua Crawford One thing I’ve always enjoyed about exercise is the unity it creates. When we workout alongside anyone, regardlessContinue Reading
Trusting God’s Recipe
If we find a few of life’s ingredients bitter or hard to swallow, we must not forget that those ingredients weren’t meant to be consumed by themselves, but as part of a complete, whole cake.
God Is With Us And For Us In The Coronavirus
Joshua Crawford There’s a common thread that weaves throughout every story in the Bible, regardless of personalities, backgrounds, or circumstances: Continue Reading
When Jesus Turns Your Temple (Heart) Upside Down
Joshua Crawford When you were a kid, did you ever sneak something dangerous into your room, like matches and firecrackers? Continue Reading
COVID-19 Quarantine: Just The Spiritual Workout We Needed
Consider that God, like an elite strength coach, is allowing these new challenges not to discourage and overwhelm us, but to give us opportunities for tremendous growth and gains.
Rest, Quietness, and Trust During Fearful Times
Joshua Crawford Fear of the virus, social distancing, and the economic fallout from all of it – the description ofContinue Reading
Gaze Fixation: Turning to God During Stressful Times
Jesus isn’t being insensitive to our struggles, but he is calling our attention to something greater and more worthy of our attention, something we want to drift towards.
Submitting To Jesus When His Words Are Uncomfortable
Inevitably, because of our finite, human perspectives, some of our infinite Lord’s words will unsettle us and maybe sound strange, but we submit because of who he’s proven himself to be – “the Holy One of God.”
Majesty Missed: Taking Jesus For Granted
If we seek the presence of Christ where, when, and how we’ve not sought him before, he’ll appear as we’ve never seen him – and that will lead us to more awe, more of his majesty.
Are We Impersonal With Jesus? It’s Time To Get Face To Face
Contentment to simply know facts about Jesus will not unlock the glorious light of God – we must get face to face with Jesus.
On Losing Kobe Bryant, Crippling Worldly Fear, and Hopeful Fear Of God
Loving our family and friends is certainly a good message we all need, but should we do so because we’re afraid of losing them?
Jumping In To Save Another
Are we trying to help others without being their servant? Are we trying to help others without jumping in ourselves?
What God Does With Dead Dreams
We can get quite attached to our specific dreams, but what if God has an even bigger vision for a certain day, our job, or even our lives?
God’s Marathon Heart
Has God determined many situations in life to be endurance-based marathons, but we mistakenly treat them as short-burst sprints?
Fear Of Fat Is Bad Motivation
With Christ’s love influencing our every move, we can say goodbye to the fear-driven habits – including shame-induced gym trips and guilt-ridden salads – and embrace the joy of being healthier to please and honor our Lord and Savior.
A Study Of My Father’s Hands
There are a few things I remember about my dad’s hands which reflect the Bible’s description of God’s hands.
Putting Losses In Their Place
It’s not simply about overcoming losses in this world, but it’s also about viewing these losses against the backdrop of an eternal winning season in heaven with Jesus.
Trampoline Faith: How Small Jumps Of Faith Unlock Big Air From God
In these moments, as Christians, we must realize we’re standing upon a trampoline of faith; any jump of faith we’re capable of producing will be met with exponential power from the Almighty God.
Christ-Centered New Year’s Resolutions
This year, if once again we attempt to enhance our own kingdoms with self-serving resolutions, it’s very likely we’ll fail again. God’s children are meant to glorify Him in all things (1 Corinthians 10:31).
God Made Penguin Wings – And He Made Your Wings, Too
Are we busy asking for Santa Claus for flying wings we don’t have instead of thanking God for the swimming wings we do have?
Jesus’ Light Is Best Viewed Against A Dark Sky
Joshua Crawford We’ve all anxiously stood outside around dusk on the 4th of July, looking upward, eagerly waiting for theContinue Reading
Skiing Down The Mountains Of Adversity
If we’re not aware of God’s goodness in all circumstances, majestic mountains and life’s adversities can both be fearful things; after all, they’re each imposing and mysterious as no single angle can capture all sides of either a mountain or an adverse situation.
What Happens When Jesus Sets The Pace
When we look to him, we prevail over this life, realizing sin and death have no hold on us – just as they had no hold on our Lord. When we dwell on our struggles, our burning legs, and shaky legs, these afflictions seem to magnify and take ownership of us, so often causing us to lose ground and fall off the pace.
One Step, One Punch, And One Round At A Time With Jesus
Why does God keep things from us sometimes? Why does God frequently tell us, “One step at a time, one punch at a time, one round at a time” and not tell us about the whole fight?
Christian Health Coach Podcast, Episode 9: Does God care how quickly you lose weight?
https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-xrdcz-c3f09e What does our physical body say about Jesus? Does God care how fast we lose weight? Do these questionsContinue Reading
On Why You’re Not Motivated
When we anchor our dreams to anything created – people, achievements, or emotions – we will always have a motivation that’s here one day and gone the next.
Clear the Mechanism: Finding God in the Middle of Anxiety
Focusing on God during stressful moments isn’t merely a principle from a psychology textbook; a heart set on God is aligning us with our true purpose of living for God.
The Hidden Invitation of Temptation
There is no random, needless temptation, only a purposeful God that longs to speak tenderly to you when you’re weak and overwhelmed – it’s those moments when we’re most receptive.
Punting Away Sins
Do we sweat blood when we punt our sins away? No, the punter in football often finishes the game with a clean uniform. No, we sweat blood, we get dirty, when we fight, scratch, and claw for every yard to score a touchdown.
Episode 8: Doing Healthy Things vs. Being Healthy – Which Is God’s Way?
Don’t miss this one! I believe God wants you to become healthy, not just do some healthy things here andContinue Reading
New Podcast – Episode 7
In Episode 7, we again dive into Healthy God, Healthy You, my new book, available on Amazon in paperback andContinue Reading
Am I Worshipping A Chicken Sandwich?
How to enjoy God’s creation without worshipping it
How Does Prayer Help Me Eat Healthier?
Jesus understands that our biggest problem isn’t our problem, but the way we view our problem – we view it as bigger than God.
To The Lost And Broken-Hearted
I was born with a hole in my heart. No, it wasn’t a physical hole that shows on an echocardiogram, but believe me, it was there – I’ve got years of painful, sleepless nights and dark, depression spells to prove it.
Blame The Devil For Your Diet Woes?
I propose we focus on how much of God’s good food we can eat instead of how much of the unhealthy stuff we can get away with – the opposite mindset of most diets. As we shift our sights away from God’s restriction and onto His provision, we’ll begin to enjoy the original freedom Adam and Eve enjoyed in the garden.
Christian Health Coach Podcast, Episode 6
This episode is part 3 of the 6 week study on Healthy God, Healthy You, the book I wrote during my 40 pound weight loss journey. Today, we unpack diets. Are they Biblical? Does it matter? We also look into food being a shadow that points to Jesus. Say what? We’ll talk about it – just give it a listen!
The Duck Donut Dilemma
If I ate the second donut, it wouldn’t be for the sake of good fellowship with my co-workers or any other honorable reason, but I’d be turning to a donut for the comfort, strength, and healing that our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, has promised to offer; I’d be putting a fried piece of bread covered with sugar on the throne of my heart.
Healthy God, Healthy You
The book is now available on Amazon, via paperback and Kindle! Does your faith in God and the work ofContinue Reading
Has Food Taken Jesus’ Spot?
You may ask, “What’s wrong with loving food?” Of course, nothing is wrong with enjoying food as God’s creation but with 71% of our country overweight or obese, I would say most of us have put food into a position it’s never been designed to hold and that’s what harms us. It’s difficult to look at those numbers and defend our relationship with food.
Breaking A Good, Spiritual Sweat
What 17 years as a fitness trainer has taught me about how God trains us for eternity.
Are we eating and drinking as if Jesus isn’t risen?
http://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-cjcfw-b5942d Here it is – the third episode of the Christian Health Coach Podcast! In this episode, I discuss whatContinue Reading
When The Pieces Don’t Seem To Fit
Maybe, just maybe our job dissatisfaction, our loneliness, or any other struggle is God purposefully “jigsawing” our heart to cut a perfect spot for that desire which has been like that odd, hard-to-place puzzle piece.
God, The Artist Behind Our Messy Lives
If we look at the messes of our life and merely see random events unfolding, we’re going to struggle, but when we see God as the sovereign artist of our life, the mess becomes a mural.
If You Don’t Feel Like A Child Of God Today – But More Like A Dog
It’s unlikely Jesus wants us to see ourselves as God’s furry friends, but due to our own frailty, sometimes we feel as if we’re the least worthy Christian.
Rock Star Confidence For The Believer
Joshua Crawford Have you ever met a very successful person, someone that is a leader in their chosen field, likeContinue Reading