It’s the return of my ASK ME ANYTHING scope, today at 12:30 pm EST. So get your questions ready and I’ll do my best to answer them. You ask it and I’ll answer it. No topic is off limits!Read More
It’s time for the finale of Confessions of a Bible Powercouple and we saved the best for last! In this week’s message, we see the painful yet beautiful story of Hosea - the prophet called by God to preach the unconditional love of God, by demonstrating that love to Gomer, his wife.
May their story inspire us in our own marriages and in our walk with God as well.Read More
I refuse to accept 50/50 in my marriage. No way. Not me. I know what the statistics say – that 50% of marriages end in divorce. And I know that the other 50% are mostly just sputtering along – keeping it together but not really finding the true intimacy and closeness that they each so desire. I know all of that. BUT I REFUSE TO ACCEPT THAT MY MARRIAGE WILL BE LESS THAN GREAT!
50/50 odds are not good enough for me. I want better for my wife, and for my kids, and most importantly, FOR MY SELF! I don’t want the same results as everybody else – and that is why I believe I must live differently than everybody else.
So with that said, I want to talk about what I believe is the most important factor upon which a successful marriage is built. There is one factor that I believe will contribute to your success in marriage more than anything else. This one commitment, if you keep it, won’t lead to a perfect marriage at all times – but it will certainly lead to one that is long-lasting and fulfilling for many years to come.Read More
It’s Part 3 of our series Confessions of a Bible Powercouple and this week we’re looking at one of the most famous and well-known powercouples ever: Abraham and Sarah.
Abraham and Sarah are two GIANTS when it comes to faith. They’re known for their incredible trust in God. But was their faith always strong? Or did they ever falter? Did they ever have any moments of weakness?
YOU BET! And through their story, we learn some critical lessons about what it means to “trust in God.”Read More
I’m talking leadership today and those who’ve followed me over the years know that I don’t do that very often – not because I don’t think it’s an important topic, but rather because I don’t feel particularly qualified in that area.
When I think of great leaders, I think of people who started movements and changed the world with their forward-thinking vision. When I think of myself, I think of a guy just struggling to figure out what to preach for this week’s sermon.
Great leaders are the guys who know what they’re doing – the guys who got it all figured out. Great leaders are the ones who have all the answers. Right???Read More
We’re in Part 2 of our series on Confessions of a Bible Powercouple and this week we’re looking at one of the most common dynamics in marriage today: the PASSIVE husband and the CONTROLLING wife.
By looking at the story of Ahab and Jezebel, we see how that dynamic might play out and the results of neglecting to STEP IN to the role that God designed us for.Read More
That title is a bit misleading (but it sure is catchy isn’t it?). You can’t actually “control” your thoughts – at least not in the same way that you can control other things, like a blender or a remote control car or a group of dancing robots.
It would be great if you could, but you can’t. You can’t control every thought that comes into your head. Thoughts will creep in that you have no control over. For example:Read More
There's nothing quite like a juicy love story...the romance, the intrigue, the drama, and maybe a little scandal. In this series, we'll travel back in time and take a closer look at four famous marriages from the Old Testament. We'll see what lessons we can learn and allow their stories to speak into our lives to empower and enrich our marriages.
Up first: Jacob and Leah…….and Rachel.Read More
THE WELL IS BACK!
I apologize for the loooong layoff, but what was supposed to be just a 3-week hiatus for the holidays turned out to be much longer due to several factors outside of our control. But thanks be to God, we finally got back to work this past weekend and the video is above.
That’s the good news.
The bad news however is that we – once again unfortunately – had technical difficulties and the recording is both INCOMPLETE (first 5-6 minutes didn’t record) and well BELOW THE QUALITY that you’re used to and deserve. For that I apologize but it was really out of our control.Read More
It isn’t often that you hear Jesus speaking harshly. It isn’t often that you hear the Bible talking about a sin as inexcusable. But that is exactly how the Bible refers to a certain sin – one that we all do a lot more than we realize.
"Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things… And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?" (Romans 2:1-3)
Ouch! Tough words there. Where did that come from? Where’s all the love and forgiveness and mercy and grace and stuff like that? Why use a word like “inexcusable” to describe a sin which, if we’re honest, we all do on a daily basis?Read More
Yesterday, we in the Orthodox Church celebrated Christmas (best thing about being Orthodox is getting two Christmases - Dec 25 and Jan 7 - who wouldn’t want to celebrate twice???). And on that occasion, we received a beautiful pastoral letter written by His Grace Bishop Peter. We read the letter in church during the Liturgy and so many people were touched by it, so I decided to post it below for your edification as well. Enjoy!Read More
Below is a blog post that I originally wrote almost five years ago. I wrote it at a time when it seemed like a lot of people were going through "a hard time" and I found myself struggling with what to say and how to guide them. Below is what I came up with.
I feel that we might be in another one of those seasons now - where many are going through difficult times and struggling with questions like "what do I do now?" and "where do I go from here?"
Because of that, I am reposting my three-step strategy of what to do when there's nothing you can do... and where to go when you've got nowhere to go.Read More
That’s right! Christmas is right around the corner and I have a great way to make Christmas shopping EASIER and more MEANINGFUL.
Order a copy of my book, “WHATEVER, GOD” between now and December 31 and I’ll send you a free copy of the audiobook as well.
Here’s your chance to grab a copy of the book for everyone on your Christmas list - co-workers, neighbors, teachers, relatives - and then get the audiobook for yourself as well. TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!!!Read More
One of the most powerful and mysterious writings of the early church is something called THE LETTER TO DIOGNETUS. It is an anonymous letter written in the 2nd century, less than 50 years after the end of the New Testament era.
What makes it so unique is that it is the first letter or “epistle” NOT addressed to fellow Christians, but rather to a pagan. Because of that, it serves as the one of the earliest accounts of how the early church shared their faith with non-believers and presented the good news of Jesus Christ to the world around.Read More
Have you ever heard of Christianese? It’s a language spoken by Christians and understood by Christians that makes little or no sense to just about everyone else. It’s like slang for Christians. For example…
“I feel God calling me to…”
Translation: “I want to do something that you don’t want me to do, so I am pulling rank by saying that Jesus sent me a text but did not include you on the message, which means if you disagree with me, you are actually disagreeing with Jesus. Sorry pal.”Read More
The New Testament ends abruptly but the story of Christianity doesn’t. When the last of the apostles died, Christians were left with just a few letters and some scattered writings about the life of Jesus.
So where did the church come from? Where did the Bible come from? What’s the connection between the church of the New Testament to the church of today?
Answer: THE CHURCH FATHERS. They are the ones who brought Christianity out of infancy and nurtured it to allow it to stand on its feet as it is today.
Each week in this series, we’ll look at one church father - a “hidden figure” of church history - and see how they helped contribute to the church we now see today.Read More
It’s the word that no one likes to hear. It’s uncomfortable. It’s intimidating. And at times, it’s downright frightening. The mere mention of this word brings to mind a myriad of emotions and rarely are any of them positive ones. But regardless of how negative our perception of this word might be, we all know we need to hear it and more importantly, we need to do it!
What is it that word? ACCOUNTABILITYRead More
“Let all BITTERNESS, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” Ephesians 4:31
We wrapped up our No Big Deal series by looking at one of the hardest “minor sins” to detect - a sin that lies far beneath the surface but can have a major impact on your life. The sin of BITTERNESS.
Bitterness may not seem like a big deal, but as we saw in this week’s message, it might be the most self-destructive thing you can do to yourself. By choosing to hold on to the past, you may be holding your future hostage.
Why? Because “when you forgive, you in no way change the past. But you sure do change the future."Read More
Reality checks – where would we be without them? We all get a little ahead of ourselves sometimes and need someone or something to bring us back down to earth. One such reality check happened to me during the summer after I finished 8th grade and was preparing for high school.
Up through that year, I had been playing football in my local town youth league. I loved playing football and not too toot my own horn, but I think I was pretty good (toot toot). There were three teams in each weight class – an “A” team and two “C” teams. The “A” team was comprised of the top 30-40 players in each weight class and the rest of the kids were divided equally amongst the two “C” teams.Read More
The book of Proverbs says that “The words of a gossip are like CHOICE MORSELS; they go down to a man's inmost parts.” (Proverbs 26:22). Why is that? What is it about gossip that we just can’t resist? And how do we get the gossip out of our lives - not just in terms of speaking but also in terms of listening to it as well.
All that in more in the video message above in Part 5 of our No Big Deal? series above.Read More