This has been a difficult week for me. My first instinct was to refrain from posting, but then I receive a nudge telling me that someone just might relate. Someone might be having a tough week at work. Some pastor might be ready to quit. Someone battling an illness may be sick of fighting. Someone … Continue reading Transparency Is Ugly
I would be hard-pressed to find someone who is not living under someone else's expectations. We go to work and have to perform up to the company's or supervisor's expectations. Students must perform up to the teacher's expectations. Children must perform up to the parents' expectations. Everywhere you turn, you are having to please someone. … Continue reading The Expectations of Others
As I reflect on my life, I can think of many difficult things - going away to college, leaving places and ministries I loved, stepping from 17 years of music ministry into the pastorate of a very small town, traditional church. These things were hard. So was the divorce after my resignation from that pastorate … Continue reading The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done
Don't you just love how some preachers will get up and preach against various characters and their downfalls? I can't tell you how many times I have heard messages against Thomas for his doubt, Peter for his denial of Christ and the many times he "put his foot in his mouth", Abraham for not waiting … Continue reading I Think I Understand Moses a Little Better
Some who are reading this have felt at various points in your life that serving the Lord has not been worth it. You have questioned why you did something for God, and some of you have walked away completely. This message from Pastor John Houston from Point Harbor Community Church in Chesapeake, Virginia will strike … Continue reading Is Serving the Lord Worth It?
I just finished watching a movie that was written by someone who is known for story lines that are pretty pointless. I decided I would hang on for some laughs with no expectation of a moral to the story. Oh, was I surprised! The movie was about a wedding. The first hour and a half … Continue reading Unexpected Endings
I don’t do this every Sunday, but I do most Sundays. I agree with William on these guidelines for an “altar service”, “invitation”, or whatever you prefer to call it. Every believer should follow this example. Imagine how the power of God would move as we obey Him and are sensitive to His Spirit.
I just noticed last night that I have exactly 1,000 friends on Facebook. How did I get SO MANY FRIENDS? Seriously, it cracks me up at how many really make any connection during the course of a year. On my last birthday, I heard from less than 200 of those. I was grateful that I … Continue reading I Can’t Believe I Have 1,000 Friends😮
Today marks the seventeenth anniversary of the tragedies at the twin towers and other locations. Do you remember where you were? I do. It was my second day on the job as part-time band director at Emmanuel Christian School in Hartsville, SC. We had live there 5 days, and I was teaching a band class … Continue reading Where Were You?
Today marks 3 years my wife and I have been married. God sent her into my life when I least expected, and you can only imagine the challenges and joys that could all take place in that short amount of time. When I met Jennifer, we both had been recently divorced. We were at the … Continue reading Happy 3rd Wedding Anniversary!