The Power of Your Story We all have a story.  And sometimes the way we learn how to hear the voice of God is through the breaking down and the building up of our character.  So many of us want to experience all the blessings of a life filled with the presence of God, but we don’t want to go through the fire to become the people we need to become in order to really appreciate that presence. C.S. Lewis once wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse aRead More →

“He is the propitiation (sacrificial substitute) for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” 1 John 2:2-6Read More →

“Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation ofRead More →

Normal is fading away. Governments and industries and schools like normal, because it’s easier, it scales and it’s profitable. But people don’t like it – we want to be who we are, not who some marketer tells us to be. – Seth Godin   Bored out my mind. Nothing can give a parent more confusion and frustration than dealing with a child who is bored with their life.  Particularly in the arenas of school and church (if you are a part of either), so many kids are enduring the normal everyday humdrum of life in our educational institutions.  We work, striving hard everyday to provideRead More →

To question things is an honorable act…  There are many things we don’t understand and questions help us to get there… But… to keep questioning things even after clear answers have been given is a foolish quest because the joy of finding the answers, the joy of discovery…is missed out on because the questioner has now become the cynic…  To make every single conversation always about the question and never about moving forward into the answers of the future in order to create something with the knowledge you’ve been given… Is completely futile and unworthy of an honorable human being…  I grow weary of vague,Read More →

The ultimate purpose of the “Church” is to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations.  It’s not to sit in a Sunday pew consuming all kinds of good teaching.   (though this is part of it)  It’s not to simply feed hungry people or just put shelters over their heads. (Though this is part of it too)  It’s not to always seek safety, security, comfort, or convenience.   It is to bring the Kingdom of God to bear in every aspect of our lives.  This involves taking risks, walking in uncertainty, and living life as an adventure so that those who areRead More →