The other day, my eldest son called me. He was having a difficult time with a friend. I will spare you the details. As we talked it became clear, my son valued the friendship to the point he was willing to forgive all. This was a huge opportunity for my son to grow in an … Continue reading Debriefing Life
In October of 2016, there were three couples who joined Beth and I in a dream to plant a new church. We invited 29 people to join us in a vision cast of this new thing God was doing. So, on October 16, 2016, 35 people gathered together in our basement to discuss the possibility … Continue reading Its Not Good to Be Alone
Sociologist and tech expert, Dr. Sherry Turkle says, "We are lonely but fearful of intimacy. Digital connections offer the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship. We expect more from technology and less from each other." One way digital connections have affected our culture is the distraction of our mobile devices. The distractions have impacted … Continue reading Focus Matters
Why don't people go to church? I did a quick google search on this topic, what I found is that one reason was in the top 1 or 2 of almost everyone's list: People are afraid of being judged by church people. Unfortunately this is a reality. The church over the years has earned this reputation … Continue reading Matters of the Heart
Have you ever thought, "God must have something more for me"? Many people that I have talked to have answered that question yes. There is a longing in their heart that there is something more significant for them to accomplish. God had something significant for the Old Testament prophet Jonah. But Jonah had a problem. … Continue reading There Has to Be Something More!
Purity is eternal. Evil is temporary. Think about that statement. Purity is eternal. God is pure, holy and eternal. Evil had a beginning. Evil began when Satan chose to rebel against God. Purity will continue forever. Evil will be separated from God for eternity. Purity was and is and will forever be. Evil began; it … Continue reading Purity Is Eternal – Evil Is Temporary
I don't know who said it, but I love this quote: "Great things never came from comfort zones!" It paints a picture of a truth, we like to ignore. When we are in our comfort zones, we are not in a place that is readily available to God. Faith is risk. We have to be … Continue reading Great Things Never Came from Comfort Zones!
One of the first teaching moments for me, after becoming a follower of Jesus, was a chapel service at Taylor University. The speaker that day was Dr. Tony Evans. I can't remember a single thing he said, but a lady sang a song that has stuck with me. In the song there was a line, … Continue reading Preparing for a Miracle
The money talk. I know it is a touchy subject for many people. However it was one of Jesus' most common topics. Paul puts it into the conversation of joy because it has such an influence on it (see Philippians 4:10-20). I want to share 7 Bible Truths About Money, then give some practical actions to … Continue reading Adopt Generosity (Secret to a Joy Filled Life, pt 8)
Here is the bad news: Relationships are messy. Last week, I was praying with a friend. As we talked about life, he shared with me about how he was once again in court with his ex-wife. We reflected on how our vow before God of "until death do us part" is something even after divorce. … Continue reading Accountable Grace (Secret to a Joy Filled Life, pt 7)