I decided to participate in a quest to do more good. So with 3 of my friends I set out on the questival!
Love must start between you and Jesus before it can really start between you and others. I admit. I’m selfish. I didn’t love Jesus enough to truly love other people well for a long time. Amy, my amazing bride, told me this and then modeled the opposite so I could emulate her. She has an … Continue reading 3 things I learned about love from my wife.
Leaders are Readers. This is what I learned. I'm wondering how I will now lead. January 2017 The Trauma of Transparency- A biblical approach to Inter-personal Communication. J. Grant Howard. 1979 If you want to truly understand how sin negatively affects communication between people. This is it. Howard provides the solution to authentic healing … Continue reading Leaders are Readers. My January read list with a short summary.
My family just walked though a crazy transitional season. I wrote these a while ago, but I thought I would reshare them here so that you might know the journey we walked to get to where we are today. The courage to quit: acting in obedience. When God lays something on your heart, and is … Continue reading Two difficult stories from 2016 with 2 hard lessons learned.
I love working in the local church. However, every time I visit a church I have to establish credibility and trust so that I can have some influence. Anytime you start attending or serving at a new local church those who are willing to put in the time will eventually gain credibility, influence, and opportunity … Continue reading 6 Ways to Build Credibility, Trust, and Character
When you are asked a question you have just been given the opportunity to shape someone's mind, heart, actions, and beliefs for the rest of their life. Which means, your answer will effectually influence their future families, and current spheres of influence. Rarely do we consider the implications our answers will have on other … Continue reading Influence beyond measure. The art of answering a question.
Stories are the best aren't they? They allow us to feel the depth and spectrum of emotions simply through the power of words. They help us learn, and relate to others and our world. Listening to story is an activity we are inclined to enjoy. So, it is not coincidence that faith is passed … Continue reading I have the BEST story to tell you.
How much time do you think Adam and Eve spent talking to one another before they had sex for the first time? In Genesis 2:25 both partners are described as naked, yet without any sense of shame. They were comfortable with each other. There were no barriers between them. However, the fact that their were … Continue reading Face to Face: The difficulty of attaining authentic relationships in a social media world.
Snow happens. Barring any major tragedy that occurs with bad weather most youth workers see this as God's little gift for rest and relaxation, and I couldn't agree more. Here are some effective ways to capitalize on a new opportunity for ministry while still maintaining the rest God has provided you. Don't "write". Dream. It's … Continue reading SNOW DAY: 3 ways to be a better youth worker during inclement weather.
Rebuilding anything is a challenge. It is the strenuous work of deconstructing the past to reconstruct a preferred future. The Book of Ezra is a contemporary history alongside Nehemiah. Each book chronicles different aspects of the Israelites return from Exile to Judah. The return from exile was prompted by the Lord, specifically with the intention … Continue reading Rebuilding and Remaining Faithful.