Real People with Real Problems

For most of my life I honestly didn’t look forward to going to church or reading the Bible. I thought that everyone in the Bible was perfect and everyone in church was close to perfect. I was afraid to be honest and open because I didn’t feel like I could relate to anyone. I thought that everyone around me had it all together and I was the...

How Worship Can Become a Way of Life

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If you are like most people, when you hear the word ‘worship’ you think of praise music and hands being raised. We tend to think of worship simply as an event. Something with a definite start and finish time. While what we do on Sundays is in fact worship, it’s only one form of it. Worship is not just something you do; it’s a way...

Jesus Calls Us Friend

That statement in John 15:15 – “..but I have called you friends” – astounds me, stops me in my tracks. The Son of God calls… ME … friend. It doesn’t make sense to me. I mean, I can understand why I have some of the friends that I have. For example, we both like sports or we attend the same church or we work at the...

3 Things Marriage Has Taught Me

Valentines Day is an interesting time of the year and it never fails to teach me something new.  So far I’ve learned about 3 hour Olive Garden waiting lists, 80 dollar rose bouquets, and this year I learned about buying a gift last minute due to regional snowstorms. All of that got me to thinking about marriage and what all it has taught me...

Birds in a Snow Storm

This morning I made some coffee, sat down with a fresh cup, and stared out the window at the falling snow. At this point, the entire yard was completely covered in a blanket of fluffy white. All except for one small patch underneath my wife’s Jeep. It was there that several birds were hopping about and pecking at the ground. It was their safe...

Sin | Rinse | Repeat

One of the saddest things I see as a Christian is someone who is trying to earn grace and forgiveness. Just watching it is exhausting, and unfortunately I watch myself do it more than anyone I know. When we give our life to Christ, God pours out His grace and mercy like a flood. It’s unconditional, never ending, and always fulfilling. In...

You’re Qualified, Jesus Said So

Just in case you ever feel you aren’t ‘capable’, ‘equipped’, or ‘good enough’ to serve or lead in your local church… just read Luke 5. Jesus destroys any kind of platform revolving around the idea of religious performance. The only qualification you need is the call of Christ. If you are called to Jesus, then you are called to...