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!
I believe the enemy has pulled one of the greatest stunts of history over on humanity. It is the sisification of the church. I know that I am not alone nor the first to recognize and write about the this issue. However, I let me define sisification: Sisification is the movement of a culture to eliminate … Continue reading I Double Dog Dare You!
I believe there are two questions that beg to be answered as we celebrate Easter. The first, "Did Jesus raise from the dead?" and the second, "How do I enter the Kingdom of God?" Did Jesus Raise from the Dead? The Bible recognizes this is the critical question. The Apostle Paul writes that if Jesus did … Continue reading Resurrection, Kingdom, & Shalom
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)
I love talking with immigrants. They love the USA. They love the freedom, opportunity and acceptance. They have come here and are working hard to become naturalized citizens. Their work ethic and patriotism warm my heart. I recently read this, "US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, 'The only title in our democracy superior to … Continue reading Live Up (Secret to a Joy Filled Life, pt 6)
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)
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)