Years ago I got into a bad season where I was working late at the church office almost every night of the week. It got so bad that I was tired all the time and decided that I really needed to take some action and do something. So, after some thought, I came up with the idea of getting a futon for my office so I could crash there for short periods of time. I had solved the wrong problem.Read More »
When I first started out in the ministry I wasn’t married and I didn’t have any children, but that didn’t stop me from preaching about the Father’s love.
I thought I understood it and, looking back, I think I preached some decent sermons on it but, of course, once I had a child my entire understanding of the love a father has for his child completely changed forever.
Now, being a father teaches me so much about our Heavenly Father all the time. It’s literally lesson after lesson after lesson.Read More »
In a couple of months, I’m going to turn 49. That’s not big deal but it does mean that 50 is looming around the corner.
When I was a kid, I always thought people in their forties were old. When I entered my forties I changed my definition of old. Now it seems that 50 isn’t quite as old as it used to be but, if I’m honest, 50 does seem at least older in my mind.
The truth is that I’ve never been very concerned about my age. Continue ReadingRead More »
Receiving forgiveness from God is a joyous experience that’s truly liberating and life changing…at least it should be.
As a pastor, I often find that people struggle to believe that God would forgive them. They either have a hard time believing it initially or, once they accept His initial forgiveness, they really struggle to accept it again down the road.
Many times people are open to the idea of God forgiving them the first time but they get increasingly sheepish about Him forgiving them over and over again.
Sadly, some even stop coming to God to seek forgiveness because of embarrassment or just an utter disbelief that He could forgive then “yet again.”Read More »
We have had a smaller dog for many years. She’s been a great addition to our family but she’s never really been much of a dog. I’ve jokingly called her the best cat ever.
In reality, she’s been good dog for us and a great dog for my wife. She loves my wife and my wife loves her.
Still, a few years ago I started seriously wanting another dog — a bigger, more active, more manly dog — and at some point a couple of years ago I started looking in earnest for my dream dog. I had no idea when we started the process that it would take so long, but I think all the waiting finally paid off when we got Truman.Read More »
One of the greatest gifts God can give you is the gift of a genuine friend.
If He does choose to bless you with such a gift, be sure to prioritize that friendship and invest in it.
Like all gifts from God, He expects you to take care of it and grow it.Read More »
I know there are those that like to say that passing from one year into the next is no big deal and doesn’t amount to much.
They insist that it’s merely the turning of a page on a calendar or the ticking of a clock; that calendars and dates and time are all man-made measurements and they hold no special power, nor deserve any unique reverence.
I see it differently. Continue ReadingRead More »