How Can We Find Joy, Peace, and Our Purpose?

American culture teaches us to focus our lives on seeking money, material things, and other worldly pursuits. We all want to have our dream job. We like to think that our dream job will enable us to earn good money, get enjoyable tasks done well, and give us a sense of fulfillment. Most of us want to live as well as our neighbors do, and we all want to be as happy as our friends seem to be. Their photos posted on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites seem to show how happy they really are. We are bombarded every day by television ads, internet ads, and magazine ads. These ads tempt us to buy products and services that are supposed to make us happy. We all want to show other people that we are successful and enjoying life. We all dream of having a new car and a beautiful place to live in. We want all the good things that life has to offer!

But once we get our dream job, find a nice place to live, and buy a new car, something surprising and disappointing tends to occur. We often still feel like something is missing in our lives. We may even feel like we are running on empty. Dream jobs and material things will not satisfy us because they don’t last forever. They aren’t eternal.

Pursuing the things of this world cannot satisfy our souls. Earning money, having material possessions, and enjoying life’s pleasures will never be enough to satisfy the desire of our hearts. We struggle with stress, negative thoughts, and questions about our purpose when we go after what the world offers us. Our hearts yearn to find real meaning in life.

Fortune, fame, and anything else in the world fail to bring us true contentment. We all long to make a difference in the world. We all want to not only survive and succeed but also to make a significant positive impact on the world. We want to thrive, not just survive. Thriving requires more than having money and a job and more than being in love; it requires knowing God and living for Him.

Besides longing for meaning and significance, we all have a God-shaped hole in our hearts that only God can fill. Even if we aren’t aware of our need for God, we all want and need God in our lives. If we aren’t seeking God, we’ll experience spiritual emptiness. Nothing and no one can make up for the void we’ll experience. Many of us desperately try to fill the void by using money, material things, approval from others, friendships, family, sports, our appearance, fame, popularity, etc. But only God can fill the void within. Our homes, cars, friends, and family cannot satisfy our craving for God. Nothing on this earth can satisfy our souls. Only God can. Only God can bring us lasting joy and peace, and thus our purpose should be to live for Him.

In my book The Life Changer, I have written an entire chapter about our need for God. I encourage you to read my book so that you can know more about our need for God and also read some powerful quotes about our need for Him.

Posted on May 1, 2022

Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

This year, Christians around the world will celebrate Easter on April 17th. Christians celebrate Easter every year because they believe that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead three days after he was crucified by a team of Roman soldiers. Did Jesus really rise from the dead, or is the Christian belief in his resurrection only wishful thinking? Is there enough evidence to conclude that Jesus really rose from the dead? The resurrection of Jesus is either a historical fact or it’s a horrible lie.

In order for us to determine if Jesus rose from the dead, we must know whether or not Jesus died on the cross and was properly buried. Some popular books and movies have argued that Jesus didn’t really die on the cross or that he wasn’t properly buried. Perhaps you have heard of the belief that Jesus somehow survived his crucifixion, got married, moved to France, and died as an old man in that country. Or perhaps you have read about the idea that Jesus’ body was buried in a shallow grave and eaten by dogs. These sensationalist claims are interesting, but there is no real evidence for them.

In contrast to these sensationalist claims, there is solid evidence for Jesus’ death on the cross, his proper burial, and his resurrection from the dead. The evidence for Jesus’ death on the cross comes not only from the Bible, but also from secular and Jewish historians. The evidence for Jesus’ proper burial after his crucifixion comes from the Bible, Roman law, a Jewish historian, and archeology. Finally, the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection includes not only the biblical accounts in the Gospels, but also evidence from very early Christian creeds and from archeology.

In my book The Life Changer, I have written an entire chapter about the resurrection of Jesus. This is the most important issue in the Bible and in all of sacred literature. Why? It’s so crucial because if Jesus rose from the dead in a physical body, then we know that he is the divine Son of God, and the Christian faith is true. If he didn’t rise from the dead, then Jesus isn’t God’s Son, and Christianity is false (see 1 Corinthians 15:1–8, 20–28, 42–58). My book includes a new argument for the resurrection of Jesus and a helpful evaluation of alternative theories to his resurrection. I encourage you to read my book so that you can know much more about this very important issue!

May God bless you and your family with a wonderful Easter!

Posted on April 1, 2022

We All Have the Same Basic Needs and Wants

Despite all of our different backgrounds and life experiences, we all share some important things in common. We all have the same basic needs as human beings. These common needs are physical, emotional, and spiritual.

We all need joy, peace, and a purpose for our lives. Addressing these emotional and spiritual needs is just as crucial as addressing our physical needs for food, sleep, and a place to live. Having joy in our lives fills us with a sense that God is in control of our lives no matter what is going on in them. Having peace provides us with emotional and spiritual tranquility through a healthy relationship with God. Having a purpose for our lives energizes us, enables us to focus, and infuses our daily activities with meaning.

We all yearn to enjoy lives filled with meaning, love, and laughter. We strongly desire to find meaning in our lives, to experience God, and to be loved by Him. We long to live a satisfying life that pleases God and makes a positive impact on the world.

Posted on March 3, 2022

Keeping Our Promises

Five weeks before my sister Nicole went home to heaven, I promised her that I would continue to share her story with as many people as I could. Like many other people, I prayed so much for God to heal her on this earth. I didn’t know if she would have much time left here, and God chose to heal her in heaven instead of on earth.

This month will be Nicole’s second heavenly birthday. She is having a great time up in heaven, but I and many other people miss her a lot. I thank God that even though I really miss Nicole, I can keep my promise to her. I can continue to share her remarkable story as God leads with everyone who wants to hear it. A chapter in my upcoming book The Life Changer: Finding Joy, Peace, and Your Purpose by Discovering Truth (2022) includes Nicole’s powerful story of God’s work in her unforgettable life.

Jesus says that we should keep our promises (see Matthew 5:33, 37). Instead of looking for ways to break our promises, we can follow God’s example and do our best to keep our word. God is always faithful; He always keeps His promises to us even though we don’t always keep our promises to Him or to other people (see Numbers 23:19).

When other people fail to keep their promises to us, we are deeply disappointed in them. We feel hurt, and we may even feel betrayed. We often struggle to forgive those who break their promises to us.

God and Jesus are much better at keeping their promises than any of our friends, family members, and coworkers are at keeping them. Unlike other people, God never disappoints us because He always keeps His promises to us. Like God, Jesus always keeps his promises to us. Jesus has promised us that if we truly trust in him, he will give us the joy, peace, and purpose that our hearts hunger for (see Matthew 6:25-34; 28:18-20; John 10:10; 14:27; 15:11; 16:33). Jesus will also give us the hope and the forgiveness of our sins that we need in order to follow him and to spend eternity in heaven with him (see John 14:1-3; Romans 15:13; Ephesians 4:32; 1 John 1:9). We can follow Jesus’ example and live for God by keeping our promises. If we keep our promises, God will be pleased with us and bless our relationships with Him and with other people.

Posted on March 1, 2022

Nicole Inman: Remembering an Amazing Person

My sister Nicole went home to heaven to be with Jesus in December 2020. As I reflect upon her life, I remember an amazing person who lived for God instead of for herself. Her story is remarkable and inspiring despite the challenges that she faced after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Her story continues to inspire and encourage many people.

Nicole was a Christian with strong, unshakable faith. She was a very kind, caring, energetic, generous, and hard-working woman. Nicole had a magnetic personality, and she radiated warmth and authenticity. Nicole was a devoted wife, a loving mother, an outstanding coach, and a gifted teacher. She was loved by her family, church, and community. Nicole was the most unselfish person I have ever known.

Nicole didn’t get angry at God over her brain cancer or feel sorry for herself. She regarded her challenging life circumstances as an opportunity to grow in her faith and to share it with others. Nicole was determined to make good things result from her challenging life circumstances. Nicole set up a “Hope Warrior” blog, and her uplifting blog posts encouraged and inspired the thousands of people who read them. Her blog posts profoundly touched friends, family members, soccer players, students, the local media, and many other people throughout the USA and in other countries. Her heartwarming interviews with local media resonated with thousands of people. Countless people prayed for Nicole and wore “Hope Warrior” t-shirts, which featured seven encouraging Bible verses about trusting in God and not being afraid (Exodus 14:14; Deuteronomy 31:6; Isaiah 35:4; 41:10; John 14:1; Romans 15:13; 1 Peter 5:7). Nicole frequently spoke about her faith with other cancer patients and anyone else whom God brought into her life. Nicole was an amazing person because she served an amazing God.

My book The Life Changer: Finding Joy, Peace, and Your Purpose by Discovering Truth (2022) is dedicated to the readers and in loving memory of Nicole. The book includes Nicole’s inspiring story and the stories of other Christians who have discovered the truth that sets us free to live for God. Five weeks before she passed away, I promised Nicole that I would share her story with as many people as possible. I want many more people to know how Jesus gave Nicole hope, joy, peace, and purpose in life. Jesus has also changed my life. He satisfies our deepest spiritual needs and wants because he is the Life Changer.

Posted on December 8, 2021