A Call to Like-Mindedness

One great aspect of team sports is the call to like-mindedness.  Although you might have different roles or job descriptions, you have one common purpose (win the championship).   When individuals get caught up on personal goals, the focus breaks down and teams do not typically achieve their ultimate goal. For a newly formed team, there are... Continue Reading →

An Uncut Gem…

Have you ever seen a picture of an uncut diamond? They often look like clear rocks. For some, they look at them and see nothing special. For others, they can imagine what this rock will look like once it is prepared by a master gemcutter. Most gems are like this. Spurgeon compares an uncut diamond... Continue Reading →

Mourning over Unfaithfulness

When was the last time you mourned over your unfaithfulness, or the unfaithfulness of those around you. I am not speaking about those who are not Christians, for they didn’t have faith to begin with. I am speaking about those who call themselves Christians. And when I speak about unfaithfulness, it is a matter of... Continue Reading →

Never Forget!

Over the weekend we (local pastors) had the opportunity to pray for our first responders (police, fire, and EMT’s), as well as provide them lunch (from the local Christian churches).  We did this as a thank you for their willingness to risk their lives for ours, especially after so many gave their lives on 911. ... Continue Reading →

Are You Thirsty?

A couple of days ago I had a long training ride (for a half Ironman race i have coming up next month). It was my race prep ride and it was 3 hours and 5 minutes. One of the things I was doing was checking my nutrition and fluids. About 2 hours in I realized... Continue Reading →

Encourage One Another Daily…

What is the importance of being a part of a local body of Christ? One thing should be the call to encourage one another. In Hebrews 3, the author calls us to “encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Our... Continue Reading →

Become as I am…

What makes a life one to be desired? Fame (or popularity), fortune, riches, health? I remember being involved in MLM (multilevel marketing) early in our marriage, and as people looked to be successful, they were encouraged to get pictures of all those things they wanted and put them around them. Focus on these things to... Continue Reading →

The Right Kind of Busy…

Busyness, in many respects, is a part of modern culture, and it is a part of all aspects of life. It affects professionals, laborers, and even home bodies. If you are over five and under 90, you probably find yourself constantly doing something. If it’s not work, its hobbies, or TV, or family, or friends.... Continue Reading →

If It Becomes My Privilege…

I was listening to a message this morning by Dr. Scott Sunquist, the new president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary that was given at Park Street Church on Nov. 15, 2020, and the focus of the practical application was on intentional vocational migration. He was speaking about the needs for people to live out the gospel... Continue Reading →

Self-Sacrificial Shortcomings…

One thing that has grieved me lately is seeing the state of the American church as one that -- from leadership down -- is more self-serving than self-sacrificing. Having been a part of larger and smaller congregations, I have seen this in both... There are the obvious issues such as music, ministries, etc. It can... Continue Reading →

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