Your Past is Robbing You of Your Future

Focusing on your past robs you of the joy of today and the hope of tomorrow.  Many people never let go of the past. For some, the shame and regret of former sins keeps them chained to condemnation. For others, the good ole days (or their own glory days) keeps them looking back. Either way, many people can’t enjoy their lives because they are not fully “present.” There is a reason that your vehicle’s windshield is so much larger than its rear view mirror. Seeing where you are and where you are going is… 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

The Empowering Presence of the Holy Spirit 

One of Christianity’s fundamental beliefs is that there is one God, who is triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each Person of the Trinity has unique functions, and interacts with us in particular ways.  The ministry of the Holy Spirit is one that cannot be overstated. It is the Holy Spirit who draws us to Jesus by convicting us of sin and convincing us that we need a Savior. It is the Holy Spirit who dwells in us when we put our faith in Jesus Christ. And it is the Holy Spirit… 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