Sparrows and God’s Math

I have never been great at math. Whenever the kids struggled with their math homework they NEVER came to me.  Only one word was on their lips:  Mom. But, to my credit (I’m patting myself on the back now), if they ever had to give a speech then I was their go-to guy! OK, back to math…Recently in my devotions I […]

Through the Roof

Zig Ziglar once said, “I have such optimism, I’d go after Moby Dick and take the tarter sauce with me.” I love this quote, because I am an optimistic guy. I enjoy taking on big challenges (I know, I know…I’m kinda sick in the head). I tend to look at impossible situations with tarter sauce in hand. […]

Young Mountain Men

I saw something in the Bible that I hadn’t seen before. This is not abnormal, in that I’m always discovering things in the Bible that are new and revelational. But, in this case I thought I had “mined” most everything out of this particular passage: Genesis 22. Genesis 22 is about Abraham’s call to sacrifice […]

iLeadership

As the primary leader in a growing organization, I am always on the look out for good people to be a part of our team. My eyes are perpetually peeled. I’m looking as I stroll through the church lobby during our weekend services. I’m watching out of the corner of my eye while ministering at […]

Preachers and Drunks

The story is told of a drunk man that stumbled through the woods until he came upon a preacher baptizing people in the river. He tripped into the water and bumped into the preacher who asked the drunk, “Are you ready to find Jesus?” “Yes I am,” the drunk replied. The preacher dunked him into the water then […]

Keep it REAL

Remember the classic scene and dialogue in the movie “A Few Good Men?” Tom Cruise:  “I want the truth!” Jack Nicolson:  “You can’t handle the truth!” Sadly, often times, we can’t handle receiving the truth or giving the truth. So we avoid it. We end up dropping hints, manipulating, guilting, and stone-walling people. Anything to […]

Awake My Soul

Ah Ezekiel. Ezekiel was a prophet at the same time as Jeremiah. When he was 26 years old he was taken into captivity to Babylon along with about 10,000 of his fellow Jews. In the fifth year of captivity Ezekiel received a call to be a prophet of the Lord and for the next 22 […]

Generosity Is…

“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; […]

The Postures of Jesus

The biblical passage of John 8 captures the famous story of the woman caught in adultery. I’ve read this portion of scripture dozens of times over my lifetime and have always been drawn to Jesus’ grace, clarity of thought and balance. Interestingly, this passage has been referred a bunch over the last few weeks at West […]

Lean into the Lord

Henri Nouwen says “the word ‘discipline’ means ‘the effort to create some space in which God can act.’” I think the Christian’s most important move is to step aside and give God the proper room to do what He does best. You see, we are completely dependent upon Him. We may not realize or accept it, […]