“I Hated Life”

The story is told of two young boys. One was pessimistic and chronically negative. The other was optimistic and always positive.  A test was given to further assess the depths of the boys’ outlooks on life. The pessimistic boy was placed in a large room filled with hundreds of his favorite toys and games. Everything he had ever desired was there for him.  True to form, instead of enjoying what had been provided, the boy became frustrated and just stood in the middle of the room, folding his hands, not touching anything…. Read More

The Day of the Lord

The biblical “Day of the Lord” refers both to judgment and salvation. Old Testament prophecies promised a day when Israel’s enemies would be conquered and God’s people would be liberated.  These prophecies apply to “spiritual Israel” (the church) as well as national Israel. The Day of the Lord will ultimately be fulfilled by Jesus Christ when He comes again to earth as the Righteous Judge, conquering all of hell’s forces, and establishing the fullness of His victorious Kingdom.  Every person will be held accountable for his or her acceptance of, or rejection… Read More

My Slowest and Best 5k Ever

I did a 5k a few days ago. A local elementary school was doing the race as a fundraiser. Carrie and I have two God-children who were both running in the race and asked Uncle Dale and Aunt Carrie to do it with them. Hundreds of people crowded together at the starting line, nearly all of them wearing the blue t-shirts given to each participant. Emma (7) and Aieden (6) were ready to run.  Carrie and Heather (the kids’ mom) planned to run/walk together. Heather then mentioned that, in last year’s race,… Read More

Praise is Not Merely Your Gift to God; Praise is God’s Gift to You

Praise is a choice, not a feeling. It’s easy to associate emotions with praise, because praise ushers into your life the manifest presence of God, which often prompts deep feelings of gratitude and joy.  Praise, however, is not limited by how I feel. In fact, my choice to praise God when I don’t feel like it may be the strongest praise I can offer to God – it says, “Father, You are worthy of praise and I choose to give you praise in spite of my circumstances or feelings.” My worship of… Read More

As Long As You Are In Charge, You Are god. 

The Church’s message is not only to be proclaimed, but also lived out. It has been said, “There are five gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and you – and most people never read the first four.” One of the challenges the Church faces in each generation is to speak and live in a way that makes sense to the surrounding culture. Jesus was able to relate to the rich, the poor, young, old, religious, and heathen alike – and He did so without ever compromising the truth.  While striving toward cultural… Read More