Posts with the category “message-series”
September 14th, 2021
We are all born in the middle of a story. We are not isolated simply to our moment or our generation but connected and influenced by the generations that have come before and, through our actions, inf...
September 6th, 2021
According to legend, sometime in the 15th century, a Japanese military commander broke his prized Chinese tea bowl. He sent it back to China in the hope that it could be repaired. When his tea bowl wa...
August 31st, 2021
I don’t usually like to write using sports analogies. As an athlete through high school and college, I heard my fair share of “life is like sports; sports are like life” anecdotes. However, in Paul’s ...
August 23rd, 2021
Contrary to what his name suggests, my son Bear is a cuddler. Not just at bedtime either. He’s pretty much down to cuddle at any point in the day. To his mother’s delight, it’s been that way all 8 yea...
What Do You Want Jesus To Do For You?
August 3rd, 2021
Blind Bartimaeus was a beggar. There was little else for him to do. He could not see; therefore, he could not work. Begging by the roadside was his only livelihood. It might have been all he’d ever do...
But What Exactly Is Discipleship?
July 27th, 2021
“Go make disciples,” Jesus said. But, um… What exactly does that mean? Fair question. Discipleship can feel ambiguous and intimidating....
July 22nd, 2021
Our words, try as we might to fulfill them, sometimes return empty. We cancel plans, we let others down, or we bite off more than we can chew and come up short on what we have promised....
The Church Moves Forward
July 13th, 2021
There are 7.6 billion people in the world. Over 600 million are evangelical Christians, which means that some 7 billion are unsure of their soul’s future. To bring it a little closer to home, there ar...
Normal People in Acts
July 6th, 2021
Every single time I read the book of Acts I think, There’s no way I’ll ever have as much faith as these men and women. Chapter after chapter of Spirit-filled boldness and imprisonment and martyrdom. I...
Opposition & Opportunity
June 29th, 2021
Paul understood the notion that opposition and opportunity work together perhaps better than anyone. We see in Acts chapters 7-9, the miraculous conversion of Saul (into Paul) and the effect it had on...
June 16th, 2021
From the beginning, the crowds were perplexed. There was nothing imperial or impressive about this man. And He certainly wasn’t the political trailblazer they had all expected. ...
Down to Business
June 9th, 2021
These were unusual days. The men and women who had become true followers of Christ were soon to launch a brand new thing—not just witness it, but actually play a part in making it happen. The details ...
Motherhood - In the Gap
May 10th, 2021
Some days motherhood (or the journey to it) is smooth sailing. But most often, this venture seems to require miracles at every level. It isn’t usually obvious but tucked just below our smiling faces ...
The Fear of Imperfection
April 29th, 2021
“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one…For there is no distinction: for a...
Let's Stop Keeping Score
April 21st, 2021
The fear of man is the beginning of restlessness. An empty promise. A hole that no amount of affirmation or achievements can fill. It can fuel our choices and fill our thoughts until our entire imagin...
Walking in the Valley of Shadows
April 14th, 2021
When you walk in the valley of shadows, it’s messy. There’s no sunshine. And, since there’s no sunshine, there’s mud. And it gets on you. And it’s hard to get off....
April 7th, 2021
The cross was hideous. Rough, splintery, bloody. It had but one purpose . . . two actually: to torture and to kill. An empty, bloody cross meant that it had discharged its gory duty. The condemned on...
Dead Men Don't Sin
March 31st, 2021
Death. We will all face it. One day, our hearts will stop beating. Blood will stop coursing through our veins. Our lungs will stop taking in oxygen, and our brains will stop sending signals to our...
March 24th, 2021
The moment man chose sin, God, the artist, took out a needle and gathered His threads - vivid yellows and soothing greens, peaceful blues and bold reds, pale pinks and quiet grays - and began a work.....
When I Sin, then What?
March 17th, 2021
Nothing makes a person feel all warm and fuzzy inside like hearing, “You need to repent.” It tends to conjure up images of brimstone and sweaty preachers. In fact, you probably read that first sentenc...
UNDER THE WORD
March 10th, 2021
Being under anything can be difficult. Being under something forces us to feel its weight. Being under something can create an uncomfortable pressure. But being under something can also be comforting....
INSPIRED BY ACCOUNTABILITY
March 3rd, 2021
Accountability. That word might make you cringe and run for cover. It could bring up thoughts of shame, guilt and hiding that you’d rather not think about. In modern times, we’ve probably turned it...
Please, Not Another Blog About Leadership!
February 24th, 2021
So many have said so much on the topic of leadership that I avoid writing about it. Not that I think it’s unimportant, I just don’t know what I could add. But when I consider the actions of Nehemiah, ...
THE ENEMY AMONG US
February 17th, 2021
All through the chronicles of Nehemiah’s rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, we see a pattern of God’s faithfulness. Nehemiah’s brokenness and prayer were met by God giving him not just a call, but the...
February 10th, 2021
Ask the Bucs. Nothing would have threatened their win more than for the Chiefs to have glimpsed their playbook. That’s what we get in Nehemiah 4, a peek at Satan’s ploys....
NEXT TO THEM
February 3rd, 2021
Mike was the first guy I felt I could truly count on. He redefined friendship for me. Not because we grew up together (we didn’t), or spent a huge amount of time together, or shared the same hobbies (...
The Big Ask
January 20th, 2021
Have you ever found yourself entangled in a moment where you felt like you had the choice to either ask for the impossible or shrink away into despair? Our minds race when we stand at that crossroads....
Nehemiah Goes to Washington
January 13th, 2021
In case we needed a reminder that our nation is in distress, the events of January 6th sounded the alarm of anguish. The walls are broken down. There’s fire at the gates. One quick look at the news e...
Fruit of the Spirit // SELF-CONTROL
October 26th, 2020
Why can I not stop doing this? Why do I continually battle the same thing over and over? When will I finally be able to stop myself in the moment and refrain from harmful actions and attitudes? Why do...
Fruit of the Spirit // GENTLENESS
October 19th, 2020
Gentleness is powerful. Steady, not showy. Persuasive, not pushy.It doesn’t panic, retaliate, or fume. Gentleness stands out in our loud and angry world....
Fruit of the Spirit // FAITHFULNESS
October 14th, 2020
What do a runner’s marathon, a long and happy marriage and a rich relationship with Jesus have in common? You guessed it. Faithfulness. That stick-with-it-virtue....
Fruit of the Spirit // GOODNESS
October 7th, 2020
Goodness is perhaps one of the most misunderstood virtues of Christianity. Not because we don’t know what goodness is. But because we are confused on the order in which it is produced.Is it goodness b...
Fruit of the Spirit // PATIENCE
September 30th, 2020
“Patience is a virtue,” but it’s not something we can produce on our own. While we all try to be patient, do we know what it means to experience true patience? The world’s view of patience is simply w...
Fruit of the Spirit // PEACE
September 23rd, 2020
On any given day, we’re three thoughts away from panic. We can watch a situation playing out in our lives, rush it through a gauntlet of emotions, and land on fear—in a matter of seconds....
Fruit of the Spirit // LOVE
September 16th, 2020
I want to impress you. I’d like for you to like me. And, if I were bolder in my honesty, would admit that I really just want to write something worthy of your Tweet. However, that would be using you t...