Hidden in Plain Sight


F2F “F2F.” Do you know what that means? “Face to face.” There is a new wave of social networking that can cause us to become people who hide in plain sight. In this socially connected world, people are still not connected. Divorce rates are the same. Families are still breaking apart. Greed in America is at its highest peak and everyone is still looking out for number one. People now Read More

Seeing and Hearing Again

Eyes to See The Pharisees were trained and schooled to recognize God, to hear His voice and to know what God was saying. They looked for something that was so obviously close, but never saw Him. When He actually came on that Christmas, they did not even recognize Him. In fact, even when He spoke, they hardened their hearts and said, “No, that’s not true!” The Bible says our hearts, Read More

Time and Opportunity


Life is Short Doctors keep pushing on our hurt areas despite our protests. It may be painful for us, but they do it for a reason. They need to push or check it so the injury or problem can be treated; then, treatment leads to healing. Sometimes, our protests and cries are actually our justifications and rationalizations. We want the pain of the pushing to stop and we forget about treating the Read More

God is at Work in the Worst of Times


A Story for Everyone We all wonder where God is at times, especially when we have no dream or vision, or lack purpose. We wonder where God is when tragedy after tragedy strikes our faith like lightning. In tough times, we wonder if a life of integrity is really worth living. The Book of Ruth is for people of ordinary faith, like us, who can’t imagine that God could do anything great through Read More

Finding the Keys to Your Community


Every community has its own set of keys — keys that will open doors, keys that will unlock hearts, keys that will release what was once enclosed. If you use the keys to your community, it will save you years of rapping your knuckles on doors to no avail. It will allow access for the Gospel with other attempts fail. Ask God for the keys to your community because every community has them. How Read More

The Small Beginnings of Big Changes


How many of you believe that our greatest days lie yet ahead of us? Yes, we’ve always got to think that way because our greatest potential is that which is ahead of us. It motivates us into the future. Always think that way. Mustard Seed Beginnings You know how God’s work begins? It’s not in big, radical ways, but in small beginnings. Every one of us can be a part of the Kingdom of God Read More

Pure Heart. Skillful Hands.


Servant of God To be a servant of God, there are three things to consider: character, competence and culture. King David was someone who had integrity of heart and competence and who changed an entire culture. David was anointed privately as a teenager, but there was much to be done before God would call him the apple of His eye. There was much to be done before he would be called a man after Read More

No Neutrality


Old vs. New History has shown us that times do change and the older ways get replaced, sometimes by abuse, forgetfulness or error. But sometimes, we have a tendency to throw out the old for the new, simply for the sake of change. My message is simple: I want to remind you again of our assignment in this world. In the Book of Mark, Jesus gives His followers some snapshots or glimpses of what Read More

Overcoming the Fear of Failure

Failure … it is something we fear, yet we have all experienced. It is part of the human experience to take risks at times and risk implies failure. Whenever we dare to do new things, we risk failure. It is implicit in living and striving for success. In fact, the only way to avoid failure is to never try, and that is no way to live at all. All of us experience failure and everybody experiences Read More

Living Intentionally


For years, I have made “to do” lists. They have kept me on target and I’ve saved hundreds of unplanned dollars. Ever gone shopping without one? The most devastating combination is … shopping at a grocery store while being hungry! Every food item on each aisle calls your name: the chips beckon, salsa dances, and the aroma of fried chicken in the deli section enthralls your senses as never before. But Read More