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Grieving With Those Who Mourn

Last Sunday, I came home to learn about the tragic shooting that took place at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Devin Kelley entered the church, began shooting and killed 25 people and an unborn child. What do we say in the midst of such tragedy? This intergenerational congregation was forever changed that day.…

Dreaming Forward

“Dreaming forward” is an idea that floated through my head in recent times while praying for our church. Dreams are about the future. Hence, we get the idea of being forward. Adding “forward” to “dream” gives us a sense of definitive movement. One can be full of hopes and dreams and never move forward. I…

Whose Greatness?

Whose name shall be great in our lives? We live in a world that exalts the names of people, and people desire to see their names great. Some people become so obsessed with this quest that they want their names everywhere. Some want names on papers, buildings, websites, and awards. They want names placed everywhere…

Right Foundation of Life

In a parable, Jesus talks about two people who built houses. The first built a house on sand, and the other built a house on the rock. Both people build houses. Both houses face the same situation. However, the results are very different. One stands strong, the other one falls with a crash! What foundation…

The Need for Community

On Monday morning, many people found out that there had been a mass shooting in Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 others. As information emerges regarding Stephen Paddock and his life, one of the details that continues to surface is the fact that he was estranged from relationships, and community.…

Resting in His Work

This past Wednesday, I went to the hospital to get a minor surgery done on my left foot. It was to remove an unknown soft tissue mass that had formed on the left side of the joint where my pinky toe meets my foot. I was prepped for surgery. The doctor told me that I…

How Can We Be “Here”?

For a moment, we were free! So we like to joke around about. Pastor Isaiah and I went to an ice cream store this past week to spend a moment together in the midst of so much going on. This was made possible because my mother-in-law is in town visiting us and surprisingly, our two…

Vision for Gospel Renewal

Vision. Visioning is powerful. This is because we are powerfully affected by the things that we see. When we bring focus to a certain goal and do whatever it takes to get there, we are able to discard the distractions and avoid unnecessary detours. We are able to arrive at our destinations with efficiency and…

The Story of Our Lives

What is the story of your life? Does your past shape your present? Certainly it does, but does it determine your future? Not for those who believe in Jesus Christ. For we have a future that is secure in the promises of God. In Christ, every promise of God is: “yes” and “Amen.” This means…

“Give Me Jesus”

In the morning when I rise, in the morning when I rise In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus Give me Jesus, give me Jesus You can have all this world Give me Jesus When I am alone, oh when I am alone, Oh when I am alone, give me Jesus When I…