What do you think were the goals of the apostles and disciples in scripture when preaching? Peter and John when they stood before the Sanhedrin, or Stephen when preaching in the temple, or of course the apostle Paul when taking the Gospel to the many areas of the world… Looking at Peter, John, Stephen, and the words of Paul, we can clearly see their goal was certainly not the expansion of their name. And if it was, they failed. It’s… Read more

I’m back home, things have been insane. Life has not really slowed down since the summer, things just kept going! Which is definitely a good thing. I went out on the road this past week with my friend Andrew, it was awesome. Who knew the suburbs of Northern California could be so fun. I guess the sayings true, “There’s no such thing as boring places only boring people…” Anyways, here’s a little vid Andrew put together from the week. Read more

Guest post from Jon Olsen We’ve all felt it. The pressure, the gleaned disappointment, the shame. “Oh, you’re single?” “Yeah, I am.” (smile) (beat) “Well don’t worry, you’ll find someone soon!” All my life I have believed something so deeply, I did not even understand I believed it until recently. That something is a Lie, and the Lie goes something like this: “Jon, you are not a complete person unless you’re married. If you’re not married, you should be dating;… Read more

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Quar-ter·life cri·sis- (Noun): An emotional crisis of identity and self-confidence that can occur in ones mid twenties to early thirties. It’s said, that at about 45-55 years of age, men and women begin to go through what’s called a “mid life crisis” where they buy red convertibles, divorce their husbands/wives, date women/guys half their age, and consume large amounts of alcohol. Now a new crisis has arisen, the “quarter life crisis”. With extended adolescence at hand there have been more… Read more

Guest Blog by Andrew Steven: Expectations are often far off from reality. We think we should be farther along than we currently are. More money. More security. A better job. A spouse. Kids… We battle expectations with God, too. Maybe we feel like we have done everything right, and yet trouble still happens. We tithe. We go to church. Don’t smoke. Don’t drink. And yet, still pain. Things aren’t going according to our plans. Everything in life isn’t what we… Read more

So, I could run behind a day or so on blog posts this week, to the twelve of you who frequent my blog, my apologies. But it’s because I’ve been on the road with my good friend Andrew Steven. He and I ventured up to Northern California to speak and lead worship at a few places (Modesto Christian School, Creekside Community Church, and good ole Trinity United Pres) It’s so far so good. Great time not only with Andrew, but… Read more

[Written by Laura Lawson] We all know how the next line goes: but the greatest of these is love. For some reason, it’s never gone like that for me. Faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is hope. Love trumps hope. Ask anybody. Love is the ultimate motivator, the reason self-sacrifice in any capacity is even plausible, the reason why I cried more than once while reading the last Harry Potter book, and it also happens to be… Read more

Reblogged from AndrewSteven.com Road Day 1Now in Modesto, CA Read more

Strengths Finder is a book that was released about five years ago, by Gallup. It’s sole purpose is to help people find their strengths, so that they can then focus on their strengths. So many of us can find ourselves working in a job that requires us to constantly focus in on improving our weaknesses, which those of us who are in these situations or have been, knows and understands how tiring it can be to do something every day,… Read more

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