Making it Stick

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 4“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the …

That He is Mindful of Me

Psalm 8:2-9 “2 Because of Your adversaries, You have established a stronghold from the mouths of children and nursing infants, to silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I observe Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You set in place, 4 what is man that You remember him, the son of man …

Boasting About How God Grows FCA

2 Corinthians 10:15-18 15 We are not bragging beyond measure about other people’s labors. But we have the hope that as your faith increases, our area of ministry will be greatly enlarged, 16 so that we may proclaim the good news to the regions beyond you, not boasting about what has already been done in someone else’s area of ministry. 17 So the one who boasts must boast …

Small Steps of Faith in the Ordinary

Luke 5:1-11 1 As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word, He was standing by Lake Gennesaret. 2 He saw two boats at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from …

A Great Ending to the Beginning

Genesis 50:20-21 “You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people. Therefore don’t be afraid. I will take care of you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” One part of the Lord’s Prayer that’s often mouthed, but not always contemplated, is “Forgive …

Who will you follow?

In today’s world everyone is quick to look for people whom they want to emulate. It’s amazing to watch the trends and see the following of the closely examined lives of professional athletes and celebrities. Social media allows us to follow people – both the ordinary and the extraordinary — who can use branding to portray fantastic images of themselves. …

What I learned about racism from Benjamin Watson

Reflections on Under Our Skin I was about to go online and order a copy of Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson, when that same day in the mail I received it as a gift from my friend and colleague, Rick Isaiah.  I was particularly excited to read it, as I am aware of Watson and his family’s close ties …

Following Him with Immediacy

Matthew 4:19-21 “19 Follow Me,’ He told them, ‘and I will make you fish for people!’20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. 22 …

His Purposes Can Never Be Thwarted

2 Chronicles 29 & 30 One of my favorite seasons of life was from 2007 to 2010 when our young family lived in Kansas City, Missouri, during my time serving at the FCA National Support Center. It was inspiring to work with such a great team of people as we saw God at work, the ministry grow and tasted success …

With a Thankful Heart

Philippians 1:3-5 3 I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, 4 always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I thank my God everytime I remember you. I want to take a moment to thank the partners that have …