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 Note In A Book

I picked up a book tonight that I’ve been longing to read in hopes that I might find inspiration, drive, fuel, and the like.  What I found was love. Crazy?  There is that possibility. When I sat down at my desk, leaned back in my chair and swayed side to side skimming bits and pieces….

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…

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…

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…

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…

Waiting For What?

Isn’t waiting the hardest part. I don’t think it’s even about patience. I think it’s about our fear of the outcome. We fear it being the worst, but we also fear it being the best. What’s interesting is how waiting becomes less difficult when you see the beauty in the here and now. If we…

We Need More

In a world filled to the brim with excess, I often, if not always, advise against excess, but today I’m advocating it. I want to advocate all of us creating a life filled with excessive diversity. We need diversity, especially in e church. We are still segregated and it’s tragic. Martin Luther King Jr once…

Stuck

Today, I’m stuck.  I’m stuck with where to move next.  I’m stuck with what the “next right step” looks like.  I’m stuck with feeling like I’m spinning my wheels in the mud.  There’s no solid ground beneath me, I’m simply digging farther down. It’s a difficult place to be in.  I know the encouragement I…

Find Your Muse

Often in life we find ourself living the typical American 9-5. We get up, get our kids ready for school, drop them off, go to work, come home, eat dinner with the family (if they don’t have a million extracurricular activities going), then we relax with a few hours of TV and finally bed. In…

Let’s Party

For many of us tomorrow we will enter church doors to attend church. To sit and listen. Maybe we will even sing a few songs. I pray that for you tomorrow is not about going to listen to pastor Joe preach but rather to celebrate the living, transforming, redeeming love of God. Today, may we…