Psalms of Lament

A lament is a passionate expression of grief or sorrow.  As the Bible illustrates there are many times in the human existence that are difficult, emotional, depressing or overtly sad.  Learning to express our grief, pain, and sorrow to God is a very important and healthy form of life. The Psalms listed below are some of the […]

One Supreme Purpose – To Love, Praise and Serve Jesus

Matthew 22:36-39 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the […]

Rejoice always, Pray continually, give Thanks in all…

It is absolutely amazing how simple truth can radically change the most dramatic circumstances.  There have been so many times in my life as a parent, as a pastor, as a man, where I have been overwhelmed by the weight of life’s challenges, not to mention my own sin.  This simple set of commands from the Apostle […]

The Humility of Jesus

The humility of Jesus is such a stark contrast to normal human behavior.  Take a moment to look at these statements of Jesus, the Lord of the Universe.  Observe His humility:“”The Son can do nothing by Himself” (John 5: 19) “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, […]

Finding Life in Prayer

While almost all people pray, few people have supernatural, life sustaining growth in their lives of prayer.  In this blog, and those following, I want to focus on truths and practices that will support your growing life in prayer. Who are you praying to?  While this question may sound too simple, most of us are unaware of […]

Forming a Non-Anxious Soul – Dealing Well With Fear

Phillipians 4:4-8 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends […]

Resting in the Presence of a Friend

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Come – Jesus […]

Humility – A Treasure to Be Pursued

Philippians 2:3-11 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, […]

A Wonderful Christmas Gift

There are few gifts that you can give, or receive this Christmas season, that are more powerful than the gift of forgiveness and blessing. To forgive, or cancel a debt of emotional, relational, spiritual or financial debt, is one of the most powerful things you can do.  In the Lord’s prayer Jesus exhorts us to pray […]

Contentment, Stay in the Process

1 Timothy 6:6-8 “6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and [3] we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” I want to encourage you to explore and embrace true contentment in […]

Freedom from Fear: It is possible!

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. In this day and season of crisis, fear is working behind every door.  As a Christian leader I see the manifestation of fear constantly […]

A Choice to Rejoice

Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will […]

Thanksgiving – A Pathway Into a Growing Relationship

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. This command from Paul to the Thessalonians is one of a multitude of places and ways in the Scripture where God commands us to be thankful all the time.  Why? Why do you think […]

Growing in Relationship with God – You Can

1 John 3:1-3 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be […]

Relationship with God – Our Privilege, our Goal!

John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 14:6-7 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father […]

Are You Confident in Your Prayer Life?

Come Before God with a confident boldness… Hebrews 4:15-16. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, […]

Let’s Fix Our Gaze On Jesus!

Hebrew 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before […]

One Supreme Purpose – To Love God!

Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang […]

Freedom from Religion

Romans 12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. My life has seen a dramatic change over the years. […]