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
I struggle with words. Sometimes, I stutter. Other times, I just can't remember the word I want to use. And even worse, I will be talking when all of a sudden I won't be able to pronounce a word. Try as I might, I just cannot say it properly. My family enjoys my handicap. They … Continue reading Help, I Need a Translator!
A few days ago, I had the privilege to spend the day visiting house churches in the mountains of El Salvador near Tepecoyo. At one of the homes, I met a handsome young man of about nine years his name was Juan (not really). His family's house had a no flooring and they cooked over an … Continue reading Bananas, Beans and Chinese Handcuffs
The Bible says, "Where there is no vision the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18a KJV). Jesus said, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about...My food is to do the will of" My Father "who sent Me" (John 4:32, 34). Life is fueled by purpose. When you are doing the things that you are … Continue reading Live on Purpose: Habits that will transform your life, pt 1
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
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)