Entries by Dr. Steve Horn

Back to School Praying

Since 1975 when I started kindergarten, every August has meant “back to school.” Every August, I have either been a student, the husband of a school teacher, the pastor of a church with a school, or the parent of a student. That is a lot of back to school prayers (and a lot of tuition). […]

Is Having Nothing to Say a Sign of Weakness or Cowardice?

I get called on a lot to make a statement. I get that. People are looking for an encouraging word or a wise word. But, what about those times when I have nothing to say. No words! That’s how I feel today. I mean I have preached after Oklahoma City, 9-11, Wedgewood Church Shooting, Sutherland […]


When I was in college, I was invited to attend an “Advance” sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I had been on retreats before, but I had never heard of an “Advance.” When I asked about the meaning of an “Advance,” my leader asked if I had ever been on a retreat. When I indicated […]

God Does Not Make Mistakes

You have heard that God does not make mistakes! We do, but God does not. I experienced this last week while in El Salvador. I travelled with Compassion International to El Salvador. My trip was primarily to check on a church partnership that had been started with Compassion in May 2018. The idea of our […]

God’s Timing

I already believed that God’s timing is always perfect. I experienced that again last week while visiting El Salvador with Compassion International. Compassion values that their ministry be Christ-centered, church-based, and child-focused. I witnessed the success of their keeping these values during my stay in El Salvador last week. Here’s my story about the perfection […]

Reflections on this Week

We need each other. We knew this already, but we seem to forget this too often. Seeing people help each other from every walk of life is rewarding even in the midst of tragedy We need God. Without a spiritual compass that points to an empty cross, an empty tomb, and an awaiting eternal glory […]

More Spiritual Lessons from Hurricanes

A few days ago I wrote about some spiritual lessons that we can learn from catastrophic events. Let me continue with a few additional thoughts today. Advanced preparation is the key. In all matters of life, we must get ready well in advance of the problem. The time to prepare for eternity is now. The […]

Spiritual Lessons from Catastrophe

Genesis 32:24-32 Jacob’s struggle with the “man of God” sets the stage for some lessons we can learn. Jacob wrestled through the night with this unidentified “man of God.” Jacob demanded, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Can our wrestling with catastrophes like flooding bless us? They can if we are […]

These Are the Words

See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. (Deuteronomy 30:15 NIV) The Book of Deuteronomy begins with this phrase, “These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel.” More than just a sentence of introduction, “These are the words” was the literal title that this book went by in the Hebrew […]