13 Minutes and 54 Seconds

That’s all the time it will take to watch this special video interview with my friend, Pastor Pete Wilson. Let me tell you some fun facts about Pete:

* I adore his wife Brandi who blogs at Leading and Loving It.

* They have kids so cute that Taylor Swift handpicked them to play her kids in a video she did. What??!!

* Pete’s hair is the talk of Nashville. I think barbers there know what guys mean when they say, “Just give me the Pete.”

* Pete and Brandi lead an amazing church called “Cross Point Church.

* They get to work with cool people like Jenni Catron.

* Pete wrote a book this year called, “Empty Promises.

* You know a book is good when the inside pages look like this:

* Here’s one of Pete’s quotes from our interview below, “God is powerfully present even when He seems to be apparently absent.” Isn’t that good? And that’s just one sentence of this video that is so worth the 13 minutes and 54 seconds it will take you to watch it.

AND!!!! I’m giving away 5 signed copies of Pete’s book today! Leave a comment below to enter to win. Tell me what struck a chord with you as you watched the interview. And if you are looking at this post through an email, you may have to click over to my actual site to view it…Just click here.


  1. Louisa says

    I loved the transparency of the story of his boys at the pool! I have so been there done that too…it is very humbling to know that we all need to just look to Jesus to fill us up…we can’t do it ourselves and I loved the easy reminder and the great definitions of idols…asking the Lord to lead me in rooting out any idols in my own personal life…thanks.

  2. Megan says

    The thing that stayed with me was finding our worth in God rather than from other people, or your latest “good” thing you did. Finding our approval in God rather than all the other ways we try to do that. That’s challenging.

  3. Lisa says

    Just keepin’ it real – praise God! And… The sponge. “I soaked it up!”

  4. Ellen Roth says

    “God is powerfully present even when it seems like He’s apparently absent.” and the only way to ingest this truth is through regularly being in Scripture and prayer. Very timely message for me today!

  5. Debbie Mass says

    I can totally relate to looking for empty promises and approval from others rather than God. I can’t wait to read this book! Thank you so much for all you do and especially for your honesty. Your in my prayers.

  6. Allison Kaumo says

    Oh my goodness~ this message struck such a chord with me! There are so many things from the interview that resonated with me but I would have to say that “Thou shalt not worship any idols” being the first of the Ten Commandments and how truly important that commandment is to God really made an impression on me. We live in a world, a culture, where idols are being worshipped without even knowing it. I struggle deeply with this whether it be the strong desire for approval to finding peace in things that will never give me comfort the way a relationship with Jesus Christ could. I am so glad that I watched this interview and I cannot wait to read Pastor Pete Wilson’s book Empty Promises! Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. says

    I have been so blessed by attending Cross Point and would highly recommend the sermon series Pete did on Empty Promises earlier this year (pretty sure it’s up online). I can’t believe I haven’t read the book yet! I think that what I needed to be reminded of the most was something Pete said about prayer – he needs to share with God where he is, not where he wishes he was. So true.

  8. Leida says

    I agree…so many of us try out everything else first to feel our needs instead of God; but He’s there for us always and wants us to seek Him first and see the wonders that will happen!

  9. Leslie says

    Would LOVE a copy of Pastor Pete’s book because though I deny having idolatry issues, I find myself battling demoralizing self-talk.

  10. Denise says

    What really got me was the quote, God is powerfully present even when He seems to be apparently absent.

  11. Pam says

    The first commandment – idolatry. What is before God is an idol – and it must be replaced with praise and worship of Him.

  12. says

    A truly powerful message, how easy is it to forget and to seek everything first except our Lord. Truly sad. I like that God is always with us even when we cant feel him. Thank you for the giveaway.

  13. June says

    Though unworthy, I know my worth is found only in God. But the desire for approval from others continually seeks to consume my mind. I appreciate the message that reveals that as idolatry.

  14. Stephanie W says

    Wow! Definitely worth the 13 minutes and 54 seconds! Even if I don’t win, I will invest in this book. Thanks for sharing!!

  15. says

    This message is so true. We look to so many other things to fill us before we even think about turning to God, the only One who CAN fill us. This book sounds so powerful. Thanks for letting us know about it!

  16. Mindy says

    I can’t wait to read this book. Idolatry is one of the things that can easily sneak into our lives when we are not aware of it. We should always think about the first commandment and be completely aware of everything we put in our lives.

  17. Teri Mikowski says

    I have a grandson named Gage which is quite unusual. I have a grandson named Quinton that I told to pee in the water at the beach and he did the exact same thing your Gage did. I thought I was going to die right then and there. I truly enjoyed the video and am going to order your book. It sounds awesome. Lysa is one of my favorite spiritual people. I read her E-mails on a regular basis and she has helped me grow spiritually as well as emotionally. It sounds like this book will help as well. I need all the help I can get. Thanks again for the preview and your powerful message.

  18. Marcie Joy Brown says

    The two things that stood out for me were:

    1) I never thought of my constant need for approval as an idol. Ouch!!!

    2) The topic of “soul exhaustion”. As a woman who struggles with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it’s beginning to dawn on me that while my physical exhaustion may be real, it might well be my soul that really needs the rest…

  19. says

    What a tremendous blessing to have Pete speak at our church on Sunday! The moment his name was announced I looked to my husband and said “I just saw an interview with him on Lysa TerKeurst’s website this week!!” Obviously, God knows how much I need this message since He brought it to me TWICE in the past week!