Treasure In Earthen Vessels

Christians are flawed. They do not have all the answers. They are susceptible to pain, suffering, anxiety and fear. They lose their way sometimes and bad things can happen to them. The follower of Christ gets scars and bruises like other people do and will die just like everyone else. A Christian is not someone whose life is all put together. Just a Vessel A … Continue reading Treasure In Earthen Vessels

Jesus Was A Disciple Maker, What About You?

The Bible makes no real distinction between a Christian and a disciple maker. And even though much of our population still claims to be Christian, disciple makers are rare. Modern Christianity has indoctrinated many to see disciple making as an option rather than the way that Jesus taught us. Jesus Was a Disciple Maker Jesus taught with His life. That was the culture. To teach … Continue reading Jesus Was A Disciple Maker, What About You?

7 Lessons in 14 Years of Marriage

Next Wednesday, July 19, marks 14 years of marriage for me and my bride. Like every marriage since the beginning of time, we’ve had our ups and downs, joys and sorrows, losses and wins. We’ve learned hard lessons along the way about love, forgiveness, patience, sacrifice and humility. And although I know full well that I am NOT the pinnacle of all marital knowledge, I’d … Continue reading 7 Lessons in 14 Years of Marriage

Some Ask “What is God?”and some, “Who is God?” Does it Matter?

A couple of years ago I started using a new Catechism by Tim Keller. The purpose was to grow deeper in my relationship with God, as well as to help a friend do the same. When we got to question 2, which asked, “What is God?”, it struck me that most people do not ask, “What is God”, but rather, “Who is God?” Both, though … Continue reading Some Ask “What is God?”and some, “Who is God?” Does it Matter?

Keep Going Out and Keep Sowing; Tears and All 

“He who goes out weeping” Beloved brother or sister in Christ, to live in light of eternity means to live every day with an awareness that you will one day reap unspeakable joy. One day you shall see the face of Christ and the joy in that moment will outweigh every sorrow of today. This constant, because-you-know-you-must, because-if-you-quit-today-things-will-fall-apart, kind of tearful sowing, and the sadness … Continue reading Keep Going Out and Keep Sowing; Tears and All 

Small Groups Are Good But They’re Not Enough

I vividly remember my first church planter conference. I was young, naïve, and filled with zeal for God’s church. The message presented at the training was clear—you are given the task of making disciples not simply growing the next great church. The bulls-eye for the success of the church, we were told, is to make disciples. This seemed clear enough to me. The answer to … Continue reading Small Groups Are Good But They’re Not Enough