“When He [Jesus] had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.” – Luke 5:4-5 Our modern business-driven culture is extremely […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Redefining Success"
“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” – Theodore Roosevelt If I were to name the one season of my life where daily Bible reading became not just a daily activity, but an essential moment of each day that my heart absolutely craved – it would be […]Read more "X – “X Marks the Spot”: How to Mine Treasure from God’s Word"
“They kept it up to the very end. Only the engulfing ocean had power to drown them into silence. The band was playing ‘Nearer My God To Thee.’ I could hear it distinctly. The end was very close.” – Charlotte Colyer, Titanic Survivor On this very day precisely 105 years ago – April […]Read more "M – Music of Mercy: Echoes from the Titanic"
Write for any length of time and you’ll soon realize that there really isn’t such a thing as a new story. No matter how hard we work at being completely original, any plot line or character we create will resemble something else out there that has already been done. Writers aren’t actually in the business […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Getting Things Out of Perspective"
“See caring ministry as Incarnational.” – H.B. London The mind-numbing monotony of our daily chores can sometimes make tackling our Monday mornings feel like making the harrowing climb to the peak of Mt. Everest. The key is to find deep meaning in all we do – even the small stuff. In other words, we need […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Incarnational Service"
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. An admitted Trekkie, I went into official mourning last week as my wife and I watched the concluding […]Read more "What I Learned from “Star Trek Enterprise”"
The painting above, entitled Aaron and Hur Help Hold Moses’ Arms, was created by Karl Wagner and can be found at http://www.fineartamerica.com. This painting captures the moment recorded in Exodus 17:8-14, where the Israelites prevailed in their war against the Amalekires only while Moses held up his arms in intercessory prayer. As you can […]Read more "“Aaron and Hur” Painting and the Importance of Prayer Cover"
Every Christmas my wife and I swap spiritual gifts along with the other goodies…a little something to fill our spiritual tank for the upcoming year. This year I unwrapped a copy of AHA: The God Moment that Changes Everything. Written by Kyle Idleman, teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, this book […]Read more "Book Review: AHA – The God Moment that Changes Everything"
“There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is curiosity. There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is vanity. There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is love.” – Bernard of Clairvaux If you’re reading this blog post, then I can assume […]Read more "Learning In Order to Love…"
It was Friday night. I was wrapping up my last class of the day, anxious to do something fun with my evening. That’s when I got a call from our local police dispatcher. “Pastor, there’s been a death, and the wife of the deceased is not in her right mind. She’s asking for the Baptist […]Read more "The Power of Being There"