In 1966, I was drafted by the Oakland Raiders. I went up to training camp in Santa Rosa, CA and immediately, I was hit with the fact that every single player there was really, really good. So, to make the team, I had to fight every minute, every day on the field and off.This started pretty much minute one, when I walked into my room, where they had assigned me two veteran players for roommates. Now, this was about a year-and-a-half after I had received Christ and I was very solid as a Ch … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]Suzanne Lederer leads us in connecting with God through Lectio Divina. Matthew 3:13-17 (MSG)Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, “I’m the one who needs to be baptized, not you!”But Jesus insisted. “Do it. God’s work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism.” So John did it.The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]My friends, get ready to grow some goosebumps as you listen to this PODCAST.Consider this your very own personalized tour, with me as your humble tour guide, as together we travel the storied streets of the Via Dolorosa. A short walk riddled with “Ah Ha” moments, too many to count!We start with reading Mark 15:39: When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!” Then we move to one word: Echoes. … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]I’ve noticed a greater influx of clients I work with bringing up the topic of spiritual abuse, sharing their heart breaking experiences in vivid detail of being so disillusioned with the church and equating God with the way that they were treated in abusive church organizations... so much so that I felt it would be wise to address it. I have shared with you how there was a season in my life that I was addicted to ministry to enable me to escape into busy-ness so as to not … [Read more...]
Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Is It Hard To See God & Why Do We Ignore What Is Right In Front Of Us?
[display_podcast]On a recent trip to Israel, I found myself reluctant to even be there. This sounds both sensible and selfish. After all, Israel had just attacked Syria just before we left on our trip and Syria retaliated by targeting a tourist location within a day of our arrival.Still, complaining about going abroad sounds “snobby”, selfish and inconsiderate. So as I boarded the plane, I felt like a bona fide jerk. Personally, I felt a lot like Jonah going on this trip. Jonah – you know … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]Guys – it’s incredibly important that you read, out loud to your kids.I have six kids from age five to twenty – four girls and two boys and my wife and I developed reading as a family tradition almost by accident. I say “almost” because we both had the desire that our children would read well and enjoy good literature, but didn’t know at the time the HUGE benefits that have been proven out when fathers read to their kids.Studies have overwhelmingly shown that, especi … [Read more...]