Pastor Appreciation

My heart is heavy as I begin this blog as I just read of another great pastor resigning from his pastorate due to being stressed out, burn out, and depressed. Sure we read how some pastors have fallen into sin and have chosen to step away from ministry, but it seems as though more and…

Sabbatical

“Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” “Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its crop, but during the seventh year the land shall have a Sabbath…

Family Evaluation

There is nothing I love more than spending time with my family. Sure, I could go without some of the sleepless nights and all the shenanigans that accompany a family of five, but I honestly wouldn’t trade it for the world. There truly isn’t a dull moment in our home, and for those of you…

Those pesky besetting sins

If you’ve never had a kidney stone, be thankful…be very thankful. For those of you who have had the wonderful privilege, God bless you. Around six weeks ago I had the joy of finding out I had kidney stone, or the “rock from hades” as I called it. Although there were times I thought I might…

Instill Joy or Steal Joy?

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, my friend Doug goes to dialysis.  Today it was my privilege to take him.  On the ride there he shared with me how the Lord is at work at the dialysis center where he receives treatment.  One of the patients is preparing to be baptized this coming Sunday and one of…

Let God Be God

We’ve all been there. At some point in our Christian lives we’ve sincerely craved to grow in the Lord and have our faith strengthened. Hopefully you continue to have that desire and are doing just that…growing stronger in your walk with Christ. If you’re continuing to grow in your faith, I commend you. Not because…

The Table of Grace

Last summer our oldest son learned the hard way why football is played with pads and unfortunately broke his arm trying to tackle his older cousin. This summer Andrew took a tumble on the stairs and ended up breaking his leg. We either have the worst luck ever or we’re entirely too clumsy in our…