Facing Our Fears With Courage

The high dive is no joke. I remember watching people jump off that thing as a kid and thinking they were crazy and awesome.  I really wanted to try it.  Finally, one year I stirred myself up and climbed that long ladder. I can still remember slowly making my way the end. The board was rough beneath my feet, and I … Read More

What’s Causing the Storms in our Lives?

The other day I was listening to someone teach about the time Jesus’s disciples almost drowned in the boat as they crossed the sea of Galilee.  It’s always intense to imagine 12 guys, many of whom were experienced sailors, panicking because of a storm.  It must have been pretty serious! The teacher went on to make the point that the … Read More

Not Missing What Matters Most

Last year I went to a conference in Pennsylvania to be refreshed and encouraged.  It was put on by Global Awakening (GlobalAwakening.com) which is Randy Clark’s ministry.  While I was there, I had the opportunity to attend a partner’s luncheon where Randy answering questions. If you don’t know Randy’s story, it’s a powerful one.  I can’t tell it all here, … Read More

Honor in Disagreement

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man … Read More

The Story of Blessing

Call me old fashioned, but I still believe in the adage, “dress for success.”  I don’t mean that we need to be the fashion police or stress constantly about our clothes.  I just mean that there’s a truth that how we present ourselves goes a long way towards how people respond to us. There have been numerous sociological studies about … Read More

To Escape or Overcome?

Let’s be real. Life is hard.  We all face problems, and sometimes just getting through the day seems like a major accomplishment.  Outside our own problems, we’re deluged daily by news of atrocity and tragedy all over the world. It’s easy to get lost in all of this and to feel powerless.  It’s easy to become convinced that the world … Read More

Love Letter from the Father

I was praying this morning and God reminded me of this prophetic love letter He gave me years ago for the church.  It’s still true, and I wanted to share it with you!  If you want to hear me speak in a service, you can do so here (it’ll start at the end, but the message is really good too): … Read More

Jesus, Hercules, and Suffering

God and the Greeks Remember the story of Hercules?  The son of Zeus who did a bunch of heroic stuff like killing a Hydra to earn back his status as a god?  Disney made a movie about it when I was a kid.  It was a fun show, but not much like the original tale. In the original Greek version, … Read More

Don’t Miss the Main Point of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? This is a loaded question, but where does it come from?  In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist announces that Jesus is going to baptize people into the Holy Spirit. He’s saying that Jesus is so powerful, He is actually able to take sinful, broken humans and immerse them into the Godhead.  It’s a … Read More

Overcoming Shame to Love Ourselves

The Problem In Edgar Allen Poe’s famous short story The Tale Tell Heart, the narrator confesses to murder because he imagines the dead man’s heart beating incessantly beneath the floorboards.  This is, of course, not a real sound, but rather the drumbeat of his guilty conscience. While certainly a macabre story, Poe touched on something profound:  the universal human tendency … Read More