For All To Hear

Outside of the obvious, there is something incredibly powerful beneath the surface when it comes to death.  Something that doesn’t quite bring joy. Even when a person has been suffering and leaves this earth for what’s beyond, we still grieve.  I grieve not for them, but for me.  I grieve because I will miss them,…

Does It Matter?

Does it matter that people in our country and all over the world are being oppressed and pushed down? Does it matter what you believe? Does it matter who you love? Does it matter that people are dying from famine every single day? Does the fact that you feel called to help the poverty stricken…

A New Study

I’ve been out of college for years now and it’s been a good bit of time since I last attempted an in depth study of scripture. Well, I suppose that’s not completely true. I lead discussion on Thursday nights for our 20 something’s round table style discussion group, so I’ve studied for those. But even…

What If?

I once read, “What would the world think of us if we stopped demanding our way and starting laying down our lives and living sacrificially?” What if? What if we stopped complaining about gay rights or homosexuality hurting the sanctity of marriage and we actually began to stand up for the oppressed homosexual community with…

The Leisurely Stroll

Tonight in our round table discussion group we discussed living a life that is ironic.  We have detached ourselves from our beliefs in a way that puts just enough distance between us and what we find in scripture or even what we feel like God is urging us to do, that we can not do…

Today Is The Beginning

Start something bigger than you could ever expect to take on. Start something that is bigger than you. Bigger than your ego. Bigger than your imagination. Look deep within and search for the answer to this question – what does your heart long for? Take your time to answer. When you have it, allow yourself…

Losing It All

Is sacrifice part of it all? I know in the spiritual versus material, sacrifice is essential, but it seems like it is the major area in which many of us struggle.  Do we give up this stuff and follow Jesus or can we have our cake and eat it too, so to speak, or is…

One Thing

Today I simply want to encourage you to remove one thing in your life that keeps you from building meaningful relationships. Nothing more, nothing less. Just change one piece. Today, may you have the courage to change. May you let go. May the things you seek matter. Our hearts must be present in the here…

Well That Sucked.

The benefits of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook are fantastic. These sites reconnect us to old friends and family. They also connect us to new friends around the world. For me, they have even provided the opening to conversations with other artists and activist living to make the world a better place….

The Beauty of Flight

Are the things in your life that you are not wanting to let go of the very things keeping you from doing what God has wired you to do? Often we don’t jump off the cliff into the unknown because we love the security of the stable ground.  We like to cling to what we…

Once Known as The Way

What is your reason for seeking God? Is it for an eternity in heaven? Is it to not go to Hell? Is it to make you feel better? Is it because its what you’re supposed to do?. Is it for you? If it’s yes to any of these, I would say that you probably aren’t…

All Else Can Drift

I am about to dive head first into a book that I was suggested by my good friend Allen Weathers. If this opening quote sets the tone, you could guess that I’m stoked about reading the rest. THERE IS A DEEPER PORTION OF OUR BEING THAT WE RARELY ALLOW OTHERS TO SEE. CALL IT A…

Encouragement For Today

Today, I don’t want to bog you down with thoughts or questions.  I simply want to encourage you with a bit of the scriptures. This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.  Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did…

Shalom or Destruction

To begin this week I want to challenge you to do something.  Ask yourself this question before every decision you make, “Is what I am about to do bring more peace and restoration to the world or does it lead to destruction directly or indirectly?” For me this is the most important question I can…

Inspired yet?

Perhaps tonight, you, like me, need a little motivation to do something. Here was where I found mine today…     Today, may you be inspired by the people around you. May your heart hear the cries of the oppressed. May perspective be shifted and action be taken We always have something to give.  Let’s…