I love the Psalms. They are such rich, authentic prayers by real, broken people. Last week, I shared some reflections on the first part of Psalm 23. Today, I want to look at the middle section of Psalm 23. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no … Continue reading Reflections on the Psalms: Psalm 23 Part 2
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Psalm 23:1-3 (KJV) This is probably the most well known chapter in the Bible. … Continue reading Reflections on the Psalms: 23rd Psalm
There I was, at the gym, pumping iron, and feeling good. I was lifting more weight than I had ever lifted before in my life! And then it happened. I looked over, saw some skinny dude racking up the weight on his bar, and lift more weight and pound out more reps than what I … Continue reading Comparison is the Thief of Joy
I'm feeling incredibly blessed right now. I have an amazing wife and two great kids. Super supportive parents and a great extended family. Lately, however, God has really blessed me. In the last couple of weeks, I have been able to upgrade from a VOX AC-15 (electric guitar amp) to a VOC AC-30 and to upgrade … Continue reading Blessed
Forgotten God by Francis Chan: I read his more famous book, Crazy Love, a couple of years ago and had really mixed feelings about it. I have a few friends who loved Crazy Love and that book literally changed their lives. I struggled with it and thought Chan was taking some potshots at American Christians … Continue reading Book Review: Forgotten God
This past Sunday our church went multi-site and we had over 200 people connecting or reconnecting with God! Less than two years ago, we felt God call our family to move from Denver, CO to Madison, WI to help change the spiritual climate of this city by planting churches. It has been a wild ride! … Continue reading Its Been A Wild Ride
We all face seasons of doubt and discouragement. Its just a natural part of the journey of life. As a leader and a pastor- I know its normal to feel discouraged but it doesn't make it any easier! Some thoughts for leaders (including myself!) who might be facing discouragement: 1.) We Have an Enemy Helping … Continue reading Dealing with Discouragement
I love this picture. I think its a great reminder that even the most successful people in life have had their failures. But it is not the last word. We can dust ourselves off, learn from our mistakes, and move forward. The Bible says that for those who are in God's family, his mercies are … Continue reading Failure is not the End
This is pretty epic. I especially like the youth pastor and church planter ones: Which one is your favorite?
Do or do not. There is no try. Or, at least, that what Yoda said. Here's the question- Are you reproducing yourself? Not- are you trying to raise up leaders? No- are you actually doing it? Wherever you are in life- its so important to train up others to take your place. To work yourself … Continue reading What Would Yoda Say About Discipleship?