Life

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting – January 2024

Here at Substance, we start every year with a season of fasting. Of course, nobody HAS to fast; but, when you understand what the Bible teaches on fasting, you’ll realize that we “get to” fast.  It’s actually an incredible opportunity. In both the Old and New Testament, God powerfully rewarded those who fasted. “Those who…
Read More

Thanksgiving Meditation: Transform your soul with Gratitude

One of my favorite spiritual disciplines is called a “Thanksgiving Meditation.” We all have a tendency to focus on negative things (by a factor of six); so, if we aren’t savoring our blessings, then we’re going to struggle with chaotic thinking (see Romans 1:21). Blessings must be savored to be enjoyed. So, grab a journal…
Read More

Forced Gratitude: Research Shows, even Insincere Gratitude can Help

Have you noticed: No matter how good our lives are going, there’s always something in our lives to whine about. Especially around holidays, people with no family whine about it; yet, people WITH family whine about it. And all this goes to show, we all need the discipline of thanksgiving this time of year. So,…
Read More

Your Brain Might Be Cheating You out of Miracles: A Weird Psychology Life-hack.

Did you know that all of our brains have an irrational glitch that causes us to obsess over our fear of loss more than the possibility of gain? This might sound like a silly philosophical problem. But if you aren’t aware of this, it could have a huge impact on not only your prayer life,…
Read More

Demonology 101 – Everything You’ve Wanted to Know about Demons

What’s the Truth about Demons? And how do we get rid of them Recently, at our 1st Wednesday service (Sept 2023), I started a series on Demons. And I had no idea just how popular it would be! Yet, I suppose, even non-Christians are interested in the topic (due to the ever expanding number of…
Read More

How to Manage Your Money – So it Doesn’t Manage You!

There’s no doubt about it, God has blessed me financially. A lot of people wonder, “Where did your money come from? Was it your books? Does the church pay you a lot?” Don’t get me wrong: I still drive a Jeep Wrangler and only own one house (despite what the internet might say). My biggest…
Read More

Become a Millionaire with a Few Small Decisions About Cars

Recently, I did a message on how the small habits of our lives can have a dramatic impact on our future. I explained that the small financial decisions we make when we are young can have a dramatic impact as we get older. Thus, I ripped off an old Dave Ramsey (the financial guru), and…
Read More

Financial Tips for Young Adults – The Best Decisions During & After College

If you are a college student or person in their twenties, you could easily become a multi-millionaire by the time you retire. And it’s not by “getting a high paying job” or a certain degree. Indeed, you could get a minimum wage job and still retire with ten million dollars by applying a few simple…
Read More

Fight Night – The Biblical Art of Confrontation & Conflict

Conflict happens to everyone; but, some people are better at managing it and resolving it!  Unfortunately, a lot of people end up burning through relationships unnecessarily because they lack “fighting skills.” But thankfully, the Bible gives us lot of advice on how to confront and deal with conflict! And so below you’ll find dozens of messages…
Read More

Bible Verses to Memorize

Over the years, I’ve taught a lot on Scripture memorization and meditation. In fact, one of the greatest ways to increase the prophetic voice of God in your life is by simply memorizing scripture. (And if you’re curious about why, be sure to check out one of my recent sermons on it here). I gave an…
Read More