Are You a Gospel Patron?

Are You a Gospel Patron?

Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women…These women were helping to support them out of their own means.” Luke 8:1-3 What is a Gospel Patron? A Gospel Patron...
God’s Declaration on Immigration

God’s Declaration on Immigration

There’s been plenty in the news lately about immigration reform, what to do about the “Dreamers,” building walls, protecting borders, etc. We live in a very polarized country right now, particularly when it comes to political issues, and the topic of immigration...
On Turning 54

On Turning 54

I’ve had a wonderful life already. If I died tomorrow, I would be eternally grateful for the time God gave me on earth. I’ve had more opportunities, more amazing experiences, and more incredible friends than I would have ever imagined. I re-choose my...
Hope in the Midst of Hatred

Hope in the Midst of Hatred

Another week. Another shooting. As Marlina and I gathered in my study for our morning coffee and prayer time, we reflected on yet another tragic mass shooting, this time in Texas. I realized I’m almost becoming numb to it. Marlina verbalized the question many of us...
Hope When You’re In The Perfect Storm

Hope When You’re In The Perfect Storm

Hope When You’re in The Perfect Storm Adapted from Desperate For Hope This month marks the end of a catastrophic hurricane season, both in sheer numbers (16 already) and storm intensity. The hurricane season officially ends on November 30th, but it’s already been the...
Hope For When You Blow It

Hope For When You Blow It

Adapted from Desperate For Hope Bad things happen to good people for a lot of different reasons, most of the time through no fault of our own. But sometimes we get in a bad spot…and it’s our own fault. So let’s just start with the most obvious reason that bad things...
Why Does God Let Bad Stuff Happen?

Why Does God Let Bad Stuff Happen?

On the heels of the worst mass shooting in US history, terrorist attacks going on worldwide, earthquakes in Mexico, and a record-breaking hurricane season, it kinda begs the question. Why does God let bad stuff happen? I mean, He could stop it, right? So why? It’s a...
A Time To Rest

A Time To Rest

During the last 22 years of pastoral ministry, I’ve planted 3 churches, founded 2 non-profit ministries, written a book, home-schooled my teenage son through High School, coordinated multiple conferences, and volunteered with several faith-based non-profits.  All of...
Redefining a Great Marriage

Redefining a Great Marriage

I’ve been married now for over 33 years. (Yes, I got married when I was twelve.) And I’ve learned a little bit about what makes a marriage great in that time. But it’s probably not what you think. It’s taken me a lot of years and a lot of mistakes along the way to...
Even If God Doesn’t Show Up

Even If God Doesn’t Show Up

The most powerful man on the planet has just given an executive order. Kings don’t make suggestions, and Nebuchadnezzar wasn’t in the mood to be trifled with. “Bow down and worship the image of gold I set up! If you refuse to comply, you’ll be...
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