Spoken Against

When sharing Jesus gets you in trouble, what’s THAT about? “With regard to this sect [the Way of Jesus] we know that everywhere it is spoken against.” -Acts 28:22 When Paul comes to share the Good News in Rome, he’s told what he probably already knew: what is “good news” to those who know their […]

Be Strengthened

A prayer for you today… May you be given power today, power from the Creator who spoke the stars into being. Let Him speak into your life. May you be given strength today, strength from the God who holds the universe together. Let Him hold up your heart. May you have endurance and patience with […]

Grace and Self-Image

It’s hard to see ourselves for who we really are. “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” -Romans 12:3 Paul […]

The First Thing

When people think of you, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? “Paul came also to Derbe and Lystra.  A disciple was there, named Timothy.” -Acts 16:1 In literature, the “principle of first mention” is that whatever is said of a character, place or action when it first appears is a guide and foundation for […]

On Anger

Anger is a flame. Like a match dropped into gasoline, it catches fire suddenly, often without warning, but never without prior conditions that enabled the blaze.  It is a reaction, never an initiation.  It comes from a sense that something is wrong with the world that affects me in a personal and negative way. I […]

The Speech and the Glory

What results do your words produce? “Immediately an angel of the Lord struck [Herod] down, because he did not give God the glory… But the word of God increased and multiplied.” -Acts 12:23-24 Herod gives a great oration, a powerful speech that causes all those who hear it to respond in praise, but not to […]

Training vs. Transformation

Do we REALLY need more training to reach people for Christ? “So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.” -Acts 16:5 In church growth discussions, one of the first things that comes up is, “people just need more training in how to reach out.” Is that REALLY the primary […]

What We Are

What are you, really? When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions. Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! -Psalm 65:3-4 Because of the atoning work of Christ, now we, as […]

When I Preach

What makes a good sermon? Ask ten people and you’ll probably get twelve opinions, but as for me, I try to ask myself these four questions when I preach a message. Is it PERSONAL? Why would I want to hear someone tell me about my problems or possibilities without admitting to any of theirs? Why […]