2016 is coming to a close, which means it’s time to look ahead to 2017 and dream. Dreaming is fun. Everyone loves to imagine less weight, more muscles, less debt, or more money, and that’s what makes new years resolutions so exciting. The chance something we don’t like about yourself could change sends adrenaline through […]
I’m giving away 18 of the best sermon series I’ve ever preached. (67 Weeks of Sermons!)I know the challenge of preaching week after week and I would be honored if these sermon series could help your church or give you a break to recharge and refuel. Every series includes artwork and sermon notes/outlines. Some series […]
Have you ever experienced PADD? (Prayer Attention Deficit Disorder) You decide you want to pray more, so you find a spot and a time and began praying. It starts well enough until you run out of things to say. Your mind wanders, you begin to think about random things.
Sometimes I’m upset and I don’t know why. Other times I’m upset and I think I know why. I’m learning for every negative emotion like anger, sadness, and depression, there’s a deeper reason hidden deep in my heart and the only way to discover it is to ask questions that make me dig for deeper answers. It’s […]
“Peace on earth and goodwill to all men,” That’s what the angels sang after informing the shepherds of the savior’s birth. I like the sound of “peace on earth” but “peace in me” sounds better. That’s probably what Mary was thinking too.
Growing up, we had a tradition at Christmas time. My uncle, with a voice that sounds like a mix between Morgan Freeman and James Earl Jones, would open his Bible to Luke 2 and read the Christmas story.
I want to help you read the Bible cover to cover in 2017. For years I tried to stay committed to a yearly Bible reading plan but fell behind on the weekend when my routine changed. After a few weeks of trying to catch up but falling farther behind, I would eventually quit. Finally, I […]
The African impala can jump ten feet high and thirty feet long. You might think zookeepers have a tough time keeping them contained at the zoo, but they don’t have to contain them because the Impala contains itself. Zookeepers simply place a three-foot wall in front of the Impala, and it won’t jump because it […]
I love to read. I would never have believed I would say that 15 years ago. When I graduated high school, I had never finished a book, scary I know. Now I ready 2-3 books per month. While I do occasionally dip into fiction novels, I spend most of my time reading the nonfiction genre.
During the great depression, the average American only gave away (donation) 3.3% of their income. Pretty low, right? Not really, when you consider only 80% Americans today give away at least 2.5% of their income. Process what you just read for a moment; individuals living during the great depression were more generous than those living […]