"Be The Man."

My word for 2019 is “Brave.” I want to be braver than I have ever been. Bolder than I have ever been. I want to risk more for God, my family and my church. My word is brave and I am already doing pretty good with it. watched two scary movies this year already. Only had one nightmare. 
Here is why "Brave" is my word, Philippians 2:12… Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
It’s kind of an ironic statement because salvation cannot be earned by good works; it can only be received as a free gift. But once you receive the free gift of salvation, you have to take it to the gym and work it out. Which means we become the men of God that you were saved to be. 
“Fear and trembling,” those are the words that made me think "brave" because the truth is, this ain’t easy. It’s not easy being a man of God in this world, in this culture. We are tempted a…

"Obey or Obey?"

If I told my kids to pick up all the clothes from their bedroom floor, I expect them to pick up "ALL" the clothes from his bedroom floor. I expect them to obey me completely. I don't expect them to say, "When we picked up all the clean clothes that we like to wear and left the dirty ones on the floor." This just isn't going to work because this isn't obedience. As a matter of fact, it's disobedience.

I was reading in 1 Samuel 15 earlier today. You know, that time God told King Saul to attack the Amalekites and completely destroy them all. His exact words were "Do not spare them." That went for all the people, all their livestock, and all their possessions.

What did King Saul do? He did attack and wipe out all the people, except for King Agag. Oh, and the best of all the livestock. Actually it literally says "everything that was good." So basically King Saul kept what he wanted, desired, and destroyed everything else. It might not…

"Becoming a Welcoming Church"

I just finished Thom S. Rainer's book titled "Becoming a Welcoming Church." I have always thought of our church as a "welcoming" church. I mean, I've been to other churches that pretty much ignore first time visitors when they walk in the door. I have never felt that in our church. But then again, I'm not a visitor to our church.

The purpose of Rainer's book is to get you to take a step back and look at your church from a "First-Time Attenders" perspective. I was challenged to look at our church not as the pastor, or even member, but as someone looking for a church home.

Before reading, I would say we are "welcoming." After, we have some work to do. Not a lot, but we aren't prefect and there are some things we can do to make people looking for God more welcome in our church. The great part about Rainer's book is that it gives very practical application, things you can look at changing in order to help your first time gue…

Special Bearded Announcement

During the service yesterday I was told that this blog helped people to get to know and understand me. That it was intricate when I took over the role as lead pastor over 8 years ago.

That got me thinking, "Maybe I should start blogging again." Yep, this is happening. As of today the blog is open again. The name will change but it's still me...except older. And hairier. And grumpier. Ok, so maybe a lot has changed. But it's still gonna be fun. Here goes nothing!

P.S. Some things never change. I still can't spell.

"Devote to Doing What is Good"

Would you believe that humans seem to over complicate things? I though you would. I admit that I do at times. Which is why Titus 3:14 jumps out at me. In Paul’s concluding remarks to Titus he says that the people have to learn to do what is good. That’s right, learn to do what is good. We come up with list of things we “must” do. And the list can be overwhelming if not completely impossible. But in Paul’s letter to Titus, his instructions to Titus on leading the people brought him to one very significant point… devoted to doing what is good. Simple, but at the same time overlooked by so many. Learn to devote yourself to doing what is good.

“Death by Exploding Can of Whipped Cream”

Yesterday morning my wife informed me that French fitness model Rebecca Burger passed away. I have no idea who Rebecca Burger is (or was).
What was shocking was how she passed away. She was murdered by an exploding can of whipped cream! What?! I then began to do my own investigation into this and typed in the Google search bar “Death by exploding…”. Then it happened. Imagine my surprise to learn that whipped cream cans aren’t the only unassuming exploding things taking lives out there.
Death by exploding chewing gum! A Ukraine student blew off the lower part of his jaw and died from chewing gum. (Reports say that he dipped the chewing gum in an explosive substance on accident which begs the question… who has exploding substances just laying around?)
Death by exploding cell phone! A man in china had an artery in his neck severed when his cell phone exploded while he was talking on it. (Just another reason to NOT call your mother.)
Death by exploding breast implants! Let’s just forget that…

"Worthy of Respect"

I’m getting older. Surprise! I have been studying God’s Word for a very long time. But something happened yesterday. As I was going through Titus for what seemed like the millionth time, I noticed something different. I have always read Titus as a young man. I have always been the “young men” of chapter 2. And to some I still am. But I’ll be 40 this year and it dawned on me that I am now the “older men” of chapter 2 to most.
Ok, I’m better. Here’s what I leaned about being one of the “older men.” Age doesn’t make me “worthy of respect.” Measured makes me worthy of respect. Self-controlled makes me worthy of respect. Love makes me worthy of respect. Endurance makes me worthy of respect. But ultimately, sound faith, being a true follower of God makes me worthy of respect.
While my view of myself has changed, my direction in life is the same, always following God.