“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” -Revelation 4:11 (ESV) Wherever there is gifting or talent, people praise. As a musician, singer and worship leader, I receive well meaning encouragement and compliments on an …

Read More

The crown of the year is a great time to consider again and meditate on some of the specifics of what we believe. While many are making new plans in the New Year, I like to take the first part of the year and freshly look at Jesus, allowing the revelation of who He is …

Read More

“Do not be sluggish, but be imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12 It is common to consider “patience” as a passive term. For many, patience is synonymous with words like “waiting,” “long-suffering,” and “excruciating, painful torture.”  As one who is notoriously “bad” at the virtue of patience, when I …

Read More

“Behold, God is great and we do not know Him.” These words, spoken by Elihu in Job 36:26, identify the greatest problem of mankind:  we don’t know God.  A.W. Tozer says it this way, “All the problems of heaven and earth, though they were to confront us together and at once, would be nothing compared …

Read More

This week began by praying, as a part of my regular prayer list, for the fear of the Lord for myself, my wife, and my three daughters. This caused me to consider, “What factors contribute to a healthy fear of God?” Firstly, one key to a healthy fear of God is a revelation of His …

Read More

Click here to read Part 1 of “Peace of Earth?”   I distinctly remember sitting in the hospital room with my mom and siblings, when the doctor told us that my dad had massive amounts of cancer in his body.  You could literally feel the air get sucked out of the room.  Feelings of uncertainty, …

Read More

It’s daily that we see acts of mass violence or senseless, brutal murders of innocent people taking place all over the world.  The multitudes, along with the world leaders and politicians, are crying out for peace. But for the moment, it’s falling on deaf ears.  There is an atmosphere of uncertainty and many are questioning …

Read More

David was just a young shepherd boy, the youngest of eight sons, forgotten and unseen by his father.  It’s easy to imagine his days in the fields, silent and slow, in time with the steady rhythm of the sun across the sky.  But as he learned to shepherd his flock of sheep, David learned to …

Read More

The Response of Worship

-

How many times do we come to church, get into worship and we’re just not “feeling” it? It’s so terrifyingly easy to come into an environment filled with the presence of the Lord, yet be unmoved. Being unmoved, staying stagnant, dull and unresponsive is the last place I think any of us would like to …

Read More

We have an identity that far supersedes any natural identity we claim. Whether we are a Man or Woman, Father or Mother, Son or Daughter, no matter how foundational to our understanding of life our natural identity is, in Christ we have a greater eternal identity that far surpasses it: we are the bride of …

Read More

Embracing the Mundane

-

How much of life is made up of the routine, the mundane, the simple? What percentage of your day consists of the ordinary? 70? 80? All of it? If we were to hire someone to keep a running tab of your day… (sounds like quite the awe-inspiring prize) what would the patterns of your life …

Read More

Ephesians 2:8 tells us that we are saved by grace through faith.  Though pretty much everyone who claims to be a Christian would agree that we are saved by grace, many hold to an understanding of what that means that is not in keeping with what Scripture teaches.  Here are five points that are imperative …

Read More

When was the last time you were sitting in church listening to your pastor preach and he began to call down a curse from God on someone?  It probably doesn’t happen often, and I am not recommending it, but, believe it or not, Paul does that very thing.  Twice! Gal 1:8-9  But even if we …

Read More

Truth

-

Recently I read every verse in the Bible (210 to be exact) that uses the word “truth.”  I felt like a spotlight had shown upon on my soul, exposing areas where subtle deceptions had crept in. I thought It would be fun to give you some of the highlights. We are to serve God in …

Read More

Love and Truth

-

Eph 4:1415  but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, Truth and Love always go together. Biblically, we don’t find any room for truth devoid of love, nor do we find room for love devoid of truth. The two are woven …

Read More