Power Through Prayer

When reading the news on your phone you will occasionally see the top 10 most beautiful places to live in the world. They are all places filled with exotic lagoons that you can swim with the turtles. You will also see the top 10 worst places to live. Currently, the top two worst places to live in the world are […]

Why Prayer Works

At the beginning of this New Year, I thought it appropriate to share with you some wisdom from Andy Rooney (1919-2011), who had the gift of saying so much with so few words.  I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. I’ve learned…. That just one person saying to me, “You’ve […]

3 Words of Christmas

I was struck recently by the true story of Larry Walters, a truck driver in Southern California in the early 80’s. Larry would drive his truck all week long and on weekends would relax in his lawn chair in the backyard. At some point, he started to think about how little excitement was in his life. As he was thinking […]

3 Keys of the Wise Men’s Worship

Imagine a big birthday being thrown in your honor. All friends and family will be there with the presents, cake, balloons, and streamers. A few of your friends who are musicians make come songs about. It is being billed as the party of the decade. On the morning of your birthday, you realize that no one invited you. You give […]

Mary’s 3 Keys to Embracing Christmas

We all come to Christmas with different expectations. I heard a story about a little boy who wrote a 12-page letter to Santa requesting toys, video games, and bicycles. When his parents saw this list, they were reasonably upset by the length of the list. His dad was really mad and picked up his son and put him in front […]

Financial Liberty

God has an intended design for many areas of our lives. After visiting a young father in the hospital after having a massive heart attack, I walked away asking myself if this was God’s intended design for this dear brother. The Lord has a design for us to live physically and also financially. In fact, Jesus talked much about money. […]

God’s Intended Purpose

Last week I was driving down the road after dropping my kids off at school when the disc jockey of a local radio station started sharing some shocking statistics. They were so shocking that I found myself dictating them into my phone at a red light. He said that 45% of people have given up taking care of themselves in […]

Lessons from a Kiwi Vine

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” as Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. The plane’s two engines failed because of a “bird strike,” an unfortunate scenario in which a flock of birds unexpectedly flies in a plane’s path. […]

Jesus Enters Into Our Mess

A few years ago, an angry man rushed through the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam until he reached Rembrandt’s famous painting “Nightwatch.” Then he took out a knife and slashed it repeatedly before he could be stopped. A short time later, a distraught, hostile man slipped into St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome with a hammer and began to smash Michelangelo’s beautiful […]

Secret Sauce

My wife was away at our women’s retreat recently which means I had a weekend with my four kids. Whenever my wife leaves town we go into survival mode. This mode consists of the bare minimum that needs to get done every day to make sure everyone is alive by the end of the day. It also gives us the […]