I need to confess. I like to think of myself as a leader. I like to think that I am a spiritual leader. I like to think that I follow Jesus and invite others to come along. The truth is I am often afraid. I am full of self-doubt. I not only question my decisions, … Continue reading Live Spontaneously Intentional
Several weeks ago, I had a teachable moment. I will spare you all the details. But what I came away with was the idea that Jesus was going to make me a "Fisher of men!" Okay, so I have been in vocational ministry for 30+ years. I have "led" hundreds of people to the Lord. … Continue reading Following Jesus and Inviting Others to Come Along
Growing up, I always enjoyed working in the garden with my mom. I caught the love for growing things from her. Today, at 83, she still loves her flowers. This love of growing things, has led me to always be intrigued by Jesus' teaching on seeds: The Parable of the Sower; The Parable of the … Continue reading Love God with all Your Soul
Let me ask you a question: Is being dissatisfied a good or a bad thing? It depends right? We should be content in the circumstances of this world (see Philippians 4:11-12). Yet we should never be satisfied with our spiritual life (see Philippians 3:12-14). Several years ago, I taught a lesson: Have a Competitive Edge for Your … Continue reading Love God with All My Heart
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" Every child in America has been asked this question. I once heard a comedian say his mom asked him the question. He replied, "I want to grow up to be a comedian." She said, "Sorry honey, you cannot do both!" Jesus seems to have said … Continue reading Like a Child
Have you ever wondered why some people's faith just doesn't seem to make a difference in their life? We all face difficult circumstances. Everyone deals with the trials and troubles of this world. But why do some seem to walk with grace and strength and others get entangled and stuck in the midst of the storms? … Continue reading Written on My Heart
One human activity that transcends every culture is the Sacrament of Celebration. In every culture sharing a meal brings the potential of ever deepening relationships. I know in the church we talk about the Sacraments of Baptism, the Lord's Supper and Marriage. But we rarely talk about Celebration. From the weekly Sabbath to the Holy … Continue reading Partying Like Jesus!