So that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything!

Good Friday Reflections: The Greatest Joy Comes After the Greatest Sorrow

 Experiencing Joy After Sorrow As I sit here alone in my home (mom and 3 kids out on an adventure), I have a few moments to reflect on this day and it’s impact on my life.  Two passages of scripture capture my thoughts on this Good Friday (the day we set aside to remember the […]

Stress Eating is Eating Me!

Too Much On My “Plate” = Too Much On My Plate! True confession… I am stress eater and I need help!  I don’t know how else to say it but I have found that the busier I get the more I eat and the more weight I put on and subsequently the less and less […]

How To Overcome Over Capacity

Overcoming Over Capacity These days I quite often feel overwhelmed and stressed.  Maybe it’s the 3 kids or the 3 different jobs – who knows?  What I do know is that I was created by God and mostly likely God is the only one who knows the full extent of my capacity to handle life’s […]

“Who do you love? Me or the thought of me?” My Encouragement to Young Pastors

To Young Pastors and Ministry Hopefuls “Who do you love? Me or the thought of me?”  -John Mayer Recently I sat at a Starbucks working on the many crazy jobs and projects I’m known to have when John Mayer shuffled through my itunes.  Oddly enough the line that caught my attention was, “Who do you […]

Pure Devotion: Our Need for an Undefiled Love of God!

Do you ever feel like your heart wanders from God… from pure devotion?  I’m not talking about losing faith or walking away from God.  No, I’m talking about the subtle and sometimes painful realization that you just aren’t where you used to be in regards to connection to Jesus and God’s heart. How to Have […]

The Remedy: Heart & Prayer

Psalm 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” “My prayer life will never rise above my personal life in Jesus Christ.  If my personal life touches too much of the world, my prayer life suffers (D. Eastman).” Many of us who sincerely love God and long to experience […]

Squandering Grace. What Has God Purposed In Your Life?

Have you Squandered God’s grace in your life? Eph 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which […]

STOP RUNNING… It Could Be Bad For Your Health!

Running seems to be one of the most popular past times these days ( I would add cycling in that too, especially in Ca).   It seems like everyone is running.  I remember a time before I got married I was running about 5-8 miles every other day.  I think I was mostly running to […]

Christian Spiritual Growth and Transformation

Christian Spiritual Growth Ephesians 4:15 “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is Christ.” What does it really mean for us to “grow up” spiritually and how the heck do we go about doing that?  What is involved with Christian spiritual growth […]

9 Months After My “Retirement” from Ministry

Retirement is kind of a funny word.  It seems to me that it carry’s different connotations for my generation (I think I’m classified as a “gen X-er”) then in generations past.  For starters it seems like most people these days who are approaching “retirement” age (65) are not financially able to stop working completely due […]