Thankfulness is good for our hearts. Taking the time to remember our blessings, and to give thanks to God for them reminds us of what is important and how truly blessed we are. It also helps us to have a healthy outlook on ourselves and the world that we live in. Yesterday was an excellent … Continue reading Time to give thanks
https://youtu.be/kSP1K4bGSio Under Pressure Scripture Text: James 1:19-21 Introduction: We're going to go through all kinds of emotions when we're struggling. Some of them are natural and help us to process what's going on. Some make things worse, though. In a way it may feel as though I'm coming down on … Continue reading Under Pressure
https://youtu.be/JFQsRbBGxPw Praying Through the Pain Scripture Text: Matthew 26:36-46 Introduction: We dial 911 for all kinds of emergencies because we know that someone will answer and that help will come. When life gets hard we have something better than 911. We have a direct line to the creator and sustainer of the … Continue reading Praying through the Pain
https://youtu.be/1tGYwywXfbE Why? Scripture Text: 1 Peter 4:12-19 Introduction: We tend to have the same questions when things go wrong. Job asked "why me?" (Job 7:20) Psalm 13 - how long? Pain raises a lot of questions, but answering those questions doesn't guarantee that we will feel any better. In … Continue reading Why?
Last weekend Priscilla and I went to a conference for Young Living business builders called Elevate. It was one of the best conferences I've been to. We learned a ton about essential oils, business building, networking, and much, much more. To be honest, I'm still processing it. I found, though, that in the midst of … Continue reading What I learned at Elevate
A discussion we had at church Wednesday night has been stuck in my mind. We were talking about being excited about what God has done in our lives, and as we talked something occurred to me. Most of the time we seem to treat sharing about Christ like it's a sales pitch. As if it is our … Continue reading Setting Captives Free
Being negative is easy. Have you ever stopped to think about that? On any given day we can easily list a hundred things that have gone wrong, but recognizing that day's blessings can be a little more of a challenge. In my world of church ministry I can ask for prayer requests, critiques, or … Continue reading Praise or Complain