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
Atheist, Comedian Penn Jillette, did a video blog some time back. In it he told the story of a polite man who gave him a Bible and shared the gospel with him. While the man didn’t convince Penn to become a believer. He admired the man. He went on to say that if you believe … Continue reading Alignment
Have you ever done something as soon as you did it you wanted to take it back? Yeah, I have been there too. In the 2018, US Open, Phil Mickelson was putting on the 13th hole (glad I am not superstitious) when he missed the putt. The ball was picking up speed and sure to … Continue reading Mulligan!
I can think of about four times in my life when I felt the world closing in on me. I can remember how everything on the peripheral seemed to become fuzzy and there was an intense focus on the person giving me bad news. Each time I felt completely out of control. And I was. … Continue reading Drowning in Digestive Juices
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!
In a casual read of Genesis 1, there is a phrase that sticks out, "And God saw that it was good." But in Genesis 2:18, we see that God said, "It is not good for man to be alone." So He sent Adam on a Divine Quest. You may be wondering what is a Divine … Continue reading Community Is Worth It!
I love my mom and dad. They are great people who are loved by so many in the community where I grew up. But I have found the rest of the world knows nothing about them. Dad retired as the Board Chairman and the CEO of one of the largest Hoosier owned banks in Indiana. … Continue reading Bob & Phyllis
I was just out of college. It was my first ministry. My mentor, the Lead Pastor of the church I was serving, helped me through a broken engagement. After it was over, he wrote me a handwritten note. In it he talked about how important it is to share deeply with a friend when you … Continue reading You Can Puke on Me!
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)
When my kids were growing up, we raised club lambs for them to show in 4-H. It was intentional parenting. Not only did they make enough money to buy their first car, but they learned responsibility and the concept of shepherding (both important skills for leaders in training). One of the lessons, "What to do … Continue reading Joy’s Power Source (Secret to a Joy Filled Life, pt 5)