1). It was late Sunday night after a long week. 2). My wife and I had had an intense conversation earlier. 3). A late afternoon meeting was a washout. 4). I was reminded my team wasn't in the NCAA tournament as I rooted for yet another conference rival (who was getting beat). 5). My grandson … Continue reading Yes, I Did It Again!
It was Christmas morning 1991. I left my church in Kentucky shortly after the midnight Christmas Eve communion service. It was a two hour drive. It was late. I was alone on the road, well almost. The red lights flashed in my rearview mirror told me differently. I looked down, 70 in a 45, oops! … Continue reading Home Is Where the Heart Is
Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive. I can attest to that truth. Beth and I love doing for others. We enjoy watching their faces when they realize they are loved. Recently we had a young couple in our church face some financial hardships. The husband had been hired through a … Continue reading Generosity Is the Investment Vehicle of Eternity
It is no secret one of my greatest strengths and weaknesses is my ability to see the best in people. It serves me well, but it also has come back to bite me on occasion. I will spare you the details, but one time I was blindsided by some friends. I trusted them. They undercut … Continue reading Forgiveness in the Messiness
"I may lose my relationship with you over this," I said, "but I am willing to risk it. It is my job to protect you and I have made my decision." I sat on the floor facing my daughter. She sat glaring at me. I was so mad, I swore. I was drawing a line in the … Continue reading Working Through the Messiness of Relationships
There is a river in Africa called the Okavango. Unlike most rivers its waters never reach the ocean. The water simply is consumed by the Kalahari Desert. But before the desert drinks up all the water. There is a delta, The Okavango Delta, that creates a vast oasis that gives life to millions of animals … Continue reading An Oasis in the Chaos
My friend Mike told me the other day, "There is a fine line between worry and mediative prayer." That statement resonated with me. There are several things that make me walk that fine line. One is planting Discover Point. Church plants are fragile things. Many don't survive. Another is my leadership. Do I have what … Continue reading A Fine Line
Shalom! This is an ancient Hebrew custom passed down for generations. We often translate the word as PEACE. But in actuality peace is not the meaning of Shalom, peace is the by-product of it. My best understanding of the rich meaning of the word Shalom is "everything as it should be in abundance." When God … Continue reading Peace with God
What is your greatest hope for 2019? I have used this conversation started for the last few weeks. It has given me insight into people's lives. One young lady at the drive-thru responded, "I want to learn to drive." The conversation that followed revealed she was a single mom, wanting to get her GED so … Continue reading Peace Challenge
When my wife Beth and I were married. She came as a package deal. Her son was six years old. They had lived with her parents as she finished high school and then graduated from college. After the ring ceremony in our wedding, I gave Stephen a bracelet promising to love him and to become … Continue reading Fear Not!