The Power of One

Carrie and I had just gotten married and were both working at the Cracker Barrel. The summer before my senior year of college we were asked to go to another state and help salvage a struggling store.  It didn’t take long for Carrie and I to realize why this particular location was doing so poorly. One of the managers was unprofessional, apathetic, and the chief cause of the high turnover rate among the employees there.  Have you ever heard the term, “one apple can spoil the whole bunch?” I’m always amazed at… Read More

Friends Carry One Another

Four unidentified men, guilty of breaking and entering and destruction of private property, are some of my heroes.  Their story is found in Mark 2 – a story of friendship, faith, and freedom.  “And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son,… Read More

Jesus Heals. 

Jesus was known for healing people. In fact, Jesus was healing people even before “He was wounded for our transgressions.” Healing is a manifestation of the Kingdom of God and is available to us today! For those who have suffered from sickness or disease, particularly those who have experienced the ravages of a long-term illness or the deep loss that accompanies the death of a loved one, the topic of healing is not merely philosophical or even theological, it is emotional.  With sensitivity to those personally affected by the pain of sickness… Read More

Give People Hope

Everybody needs hope. Nearly every person we encounter today is facing a difficult, if not desperate situation. Jesus was a new voice, a relatively unknown man, until the miracles began. Once people began to be healed and delivered, word spread and the crowds multiplied. That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. (‭Mark‬ ‭1‬:‭32-33‬ ESV) As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, I have been entrusted the power and privilege to carry on… Read More

An Anchor for the Soul

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22, 23 NLT) At face value these words hold tremendous truth and encouragement for any believer; but when you understand the story behind them, Jeremiah’s words become an anchor for the soul. Jeremiah is often referred to as “the weeping prophet,” a fitting description of a man whose responsibility was to warn of the impending judgment of God, but whose heart grieved for the people to whom he prophesied…. Read More