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!
I believe Jesus was always a crowd favorite at parties. Not just because He could turn water into wine. Though that would be a great benefit of any party guest. I believe He was great at parties, because Jesus generally loved people. He was also dangerous. He would call you out if you showed favoritism … Continue reading God Prescribes Compassion
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!
The polarization of today's American politics is a microcosm of our culture. We are becoming more and more divided. You see it expressed in an argumentative spirit, grumbling and complaining. It doesn't matter what side of the political aisle people are on. In the name of free speech there is a number of people who … Continue reading Responsive Obedience (Secret to a Joy Filled Life, pt 4)
Relationships are critical to enjoying the human experience! You have probably heard the old saying, "If momma ain't happy ain't nobody happy." It may or may not make you smile, but it speaks to truth. If our relationships are unhealthy, we are not going to experience the joy God has prepared for us. Please read … Continue reading Think Like Jesus (Secret to Joy Filled Life, pt 3)
Have you ever met an eternal optimist? Sometimes their optimism makes you shake your head. It seems they don't have a clue to the reality going on around them. They have such a positive view of the big picture they miss the details of the hits, hurts and happenings of daily life. Dependent Optimism Don't … Continue reading Dependent Optimism (Joy Filled Life, pt 2)
I have had the privilege of serving as a volunteer police chaplain for over twelve years. I currently serve with our local police department. While I serve our community, it is my desire to encourage and support the men and women who risk so much to keep our city safe. Last night there was sad … Continue reading A Father’s Strength
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
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!