Praise God – Even When You Ain’t Feelin’ It!

Decisions are stronger than emotions.  The man who chooses to be faithful to his marriage through times of trial is stronger than the one who so easily “falls out of love.” The teenager who chooses to do the right thing, despite being ridiculed is stronger than the one who tries to fit in, no matter the cost.  The employee who refuses to compromise her values at the price of her promotion is stronger than the one whose end seems to justify her means.  And when it comes to worshipping God, the one… Read More

Are You Refreshed Today?

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, (‭Acts‬ ‭3‬:‭19-20‬ ESV) We all need times of refreshing! Financial concerns, health issues, relational tensions, job stresses – these things can weigh us down and leave us drained of energy and enthusiasm for life. Beyond these natural issues, there is a spiritual realm that must also be considered. How is your relationship with the Lord? Peter and… Read More

Why I Still Believe in the Church

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, …And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (‭Revelation‬ ‭7‬:‭9, 14‬ ESV) Jesus unveiled some pretty incredible things to John on the Island of Patmos, much of which… Read More

Building Endurance for the Race of Life

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭1‬ ESV) This morning I was talking with a friend who said he was “just getting back into running.” When asked how far he ran last night he replied: “Six miles.” Clearly his version of “getting back into running” is different than mine. Training for a marathon is entirely different than training for… Read More

A Man of Worship; A Man of War

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, (Psalm 30:11 ESV) David was such a diverse leader. He was as much a man of war as a man of worship. As a man of worship David was a friend of God; but as a man of war David had many enemies. Having written many of the Psalms, David typically expresses himself as either a man of worship or a man of war. It’s either: “I will bless The Lord at all… Read More