Shun the Superficial

When we settle for superficiality – image over substance – what people see in us is all they get.  When we lean in and cultivate a heart for God, what people get from us is exponentially more than what they see. 😉

Go.. GIT!!

Some years ago, when I was church planting, I had a “leadership situation”… it was very humbling, but – in the end – also very helpful. We were in the “forming” stage of launching our church, and meeting bi-weekly as a launch team. I honestly didn’t really know what I was doing; I was flying […]


For over two years now… almost three, I guess… I have been trying to “build a business.” Being passionate about leadership, I have been attempting to build a Leadership Development/Training business… one where I focus on speaking, coaching, and training existing leaders. And it’s been going okay… not very fast, but I have seen some […]

The Customized Church

Text:  Acts 17:1-4 SCRIPTURE:  “As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead.  ‘This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah’ “ (17:2-3). APPLICATION:  “As was his custom…”  […]

What Mary Knew (… and What We Most Desperately NEED to Know!)

Text:  Luke 10:38-42 SCRIPTURE: “Martha welcomed [Jesus] into her home.  She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.  But Martha was distracted with all her preparations… But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but […]

Forward By Faith

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for… And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews […]

Finding Music in the Messiness of Life

“[God] gives songs in the night…” (Job 35:10). Life sometimes gets tough. It gets tiring. Burdensome. We don’t have enough hands to get things done… and even people can, at times, be a handful. Sometimes… life gets tough. Even messy. It’s easy to complain, “God, I didn’t ask for this! And where are YOU, anyway, […]

Pursuing Joy…

This is the most consistent pain I have ever experienced. Two months ago, I tripped and fell on our hard, tiled kitchen floor… courtesy of our beloved cat, Tobie – a big, 16-pound yellow tabby – who was hoping to get fed. At the time, I had a box of leftover pizza in my hand […]

You Don’t Reap What You Don’t Sow

“Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest” (Proverbs 20:4, NLT). As a young boy, I was taught the concept/law of sowing and reaping from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Church at Galatia (chapter 6), but like most people do I focused only on the “what” […]

My Mess, His Miracle

Title: “My Mess, His Miracle”Text: Proverbs 14:4 “Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.” When I was a young boy, like many little boys, I liked my sandwiches “neat and trim”… “No edges, please.” And the sandwich had to be cut in half… DIAGONALLY. None of […]