who is challenging you to pursue your dreams?

Do you have someone challenging you to pursue your dreams?  Or are you surrounded by people who are feeding your complacency? One of the reasons that leaders don’t achieve their goals is that they don’t have mentors pushing them. Recently I met with a pastor who was very discouraged with their ministry assignment.  They didn’t think they would ever be able to …

is it okay to skip church?

“Is it okay to skip church?” This is a question that no one has ever asked me.  And I can understand why, because they know what I am going to say.  As a pastor, I may be biased in my answer, but I am going to share it anyway because I care about my flock.  I love the people who attend …

the christian f-bomb

I learned a very important lesson early on in our marriage.  When I asked Stacy how she was doing, and she responded, “I’m fine”, she really wasn’t fine.  In fact, every time she replied with that phrase, there was something significantly wrong, but she didn’t want to talk about it yet.  I learned my lesson the hard way.  The truth was …

morning prayer liturgy

This is the prayer liturgy that I pray in the morning.   Address Father God, creator of heaven and earth, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God of Israel, God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, True and Living God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Have mercy and hear my prayer.   First Prayers O …

painting a picture of love

Read Philippians 1:3-11 1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you, 1:4 constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 1:5 because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 1:6 I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring …