October 19, 2021

COURAGEOUS GRACE LIVED OUT IN RELATIONSHIPS     God has almost seven billion children right now on planet earth. And God wants to use you through His grace to change this world.   Where do you start? Or better yet, where do you continue?   Do you have someone in your life you are tempted to give up on? Have they caused you a lot of pain and sorrow from their sinful choices and you feel like giving up on… Read more

October 17, 2021

COURAGEOUS TRUST IN GOD’S PROMISES   Every person has a story. Every person has brokenness in their lives. We must courageously trust Christ and tell our stories of how God fulfilled His promises in our lives and restored what was broken in our lives. Jeremiah the Prophet taught God’s people in his day to do just that. He showed them how to courageously trust in God’s promises to restore what was broken in their lives. You and I can follow… Read more

October 15, 2021

CHURCH LEADERSHIP’S HANDLING OF SEX ABUSE VICTIMS: “IF  YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR” The ending of silencing and shaming of sex abuse victims in the church gained a great victory recently through the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee. As the Senior Pastor of a Southern Baptist Church in Colorado Springs for the past almost twenty-five years, I am extremely proud of the Southern Baptist Executive committee for voting 44 to 31 to remove the exclusivity… Read more

September 11, 2021

“Let’s Roll”: REMEMBERING 9/11 AND SPIRITUAL PTSD   Perpetual questioning of a negative situation triggers pervasive anxiety All of us are searching for something in our present to help us make sense of our past. Wishing something had never happened doesn’t solve the puzzle but perpetuates the darkness to become pervasive.   On the world stage in 2002 our nation was at war in Iraq and Afghanistan searching for the allusive Osama Bin Laden.   Back home in my day… Read more

September 9, 2021

THE EFFECTS OF UNCONFESSED SIN ON A HEART FOR GOD     Do you remember the first time you lied and got away with it? I do. I was in first grade. And thus began my life of crime, lying when it benefited me!   All of us are tempted to lie from time to time about our sin. When we are younger it is lesser offenses, when we are older it becomes more severe. One of the worst things… Read more

September 6, 2021

How Not To Be A Discouragement To Others   Sometimes I get discouraged. How about you?   When I get discouraged, sometimes, I become a discouragement to others around me.   It is one thing to be discouraged. It is an entirely different thing to be a discouragement to others. But I find that my discouragement often times spills over into the lives of others and my discouragement becomes their discouragement. I lose sight of what matters, and I become… Read more

August 27, 2021

IS LAUREN DAIGLE AND HER MUSIC CHRISTIAN?   As a pastor, I am most confused by Lauren Daigle and her music.   Is she a Christian artist or is she not?   She started off as a Christian artist and wrote beautiful songs that brought and bring glory to Jesus.   You Say is one of my most favorite Christian songs.   Then she declared herself not a Christian artist and says she is not sure what God thinks about… Read more

August 27, 2021

A KIND HEART FOR OUR ENEMIES   It is not a sin to have enemies.   Jesus had enemies.   But it is a sin not to extend kindness to our enemies.   Jesus said, “Love your enemies.”   King David, a man after God’s own heart, had enemies too. He was a warrior for God and yet he had a softer side to him.   David tries to show compassion to his adversaries. Some are willing to receive it,… Read more

August 27, 2021

COURAGEOUSLY RESTORING OTHERS   If you have ever tried to restore someone back to God like Jeremiah did with the nation of Israel, you know it is no easy task, but it is a noble and high calling from our Savior Jesus Christ.   God wants people to be restored to Himself.   He does not want to judge and destroy them.   He wants to reclaim and restore them for His glory and their good.   God says in… Read more

August 27, 2021

  COURAGEOUS SHEPHERDS FOR GOD   It seems like we have little grace today for pastors in America who aren’t physically fit or chiseled like a body builder, but we practically stand up and applaud pastors who borderline brag about how emotionally unfit their lives, marriages, and relationships are. When did this change? Where are we headed? Jeremiah lived in a day when the holiness of God no longer mattered. They had turned the lights out on caring about whether… Read more

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