The grace offered to us by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is one of the most difficult aspects of Christianity to accept and live under. Often we are trained, or train ourselves, to think and believe we have to be better, work harder to earn God's gifts and His grace. Nothing could be … Continue reading A Lesson on Grace from Les Miserables
Responsibility for the Next Generation- What are we going to do? We hear stories of people coming out from the lowest places to do amazing and wonderful things in life. But we also know some people who grew up with a "silver spoon" in their mouth and was just as successful as the person who … Continue reading “My Life and Money”: Part 3- Where I Go From Here
Getting Out: Sacrifice and Vision You have 2 choices when you are stuck in a difficult situation. You can comply or you can challenge. One of the biggest aspects of getting unstuck from an awful situation is to first realize you are stuck in an awful situation. Then second, believe there is a way out. … Continue reading “My Life and Money”: Part 2- How to Get Out
A few weekends ago I had the privilege of spending a few days with my dad’s brother and his family in the area they grew up; the Jersey side of Philadelphia. I have heard stories of where they grew up, but those were all just stories to me. It was not easy to picture what … Continue reading “My Life and Money”: Part 1- Up From the Ashes
Galatians 5 is a wonderful chapter on a life led by the Spirit. There are challenges and warnings found in this chapter, but the end of the chapter shows us the most excellent way to live by the Spirit and honor Christ. The first passages sets the tone of the importance of living by the … Continue reading For Freedom’s Sake
"Every man dies. Not every man truly lives." - Braveheart 1995 "Why am I dying to live, if I'm just living to die" - Jonny Lang, Dying to Live: Long Time Coming album 2003 One of the most unfortunate aspects of our lives is that we often get caught up in the daily grind and we … Continue reading Your Legacy
I was meeting with a friend a few years ago at a coffeeshop and we were talking about what was happening in our lives, at school and what we were working towards. The conversation was light and we were enjoying the company of one another. But the conversation made a turn and my friend began … Continue reading What Are You Doing With Your Life?
Evangelism is the reason the Good News of Jesus Christ spread throughout the world. Yes, Jesus’ life was shocking to the culture and challenged the mindset and level of comfort people of faith felt. He was radical and His life changed lives. But what made His influence spread was evangelism. Jerusalem was where Christianity started … Continue reading Relevant Evangelism
Hope is a common theme for anyone living life, both Christians and those who believe otherwise. Everyone could use more hope.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 is a group of tremendous passages summing up the life of a Christ follower. What it means, how it should look, and why it will matter to those in your life. It comes as no surprise that one of the main aspects of this passage is to be thankful, in everything. And … Continue reading The Key To Joy
Be attractive. Live attractively. Those who lead have this quality in common. They are attractive. People are drawn to them because of qualities and traits they possess and live out. Now, before you think this is a superficial post, hear me out. Being attractive to people is beyond looks. When we are in a leadership … Continue reading Be Attractive
I think we have all been in that place where we say we will pray for someone who is struggling, or we say “today” I will spend 30 minutes in uninterrupted prayer. It is all too easy in today’s standard hustle and bustle lifestyle to get distracted, forget and put off this important aspect of … Continue reading Develop A Successful Prayer Life
Something I have never understood is why people commit to do something and then not give full effort. I know there is a lot of sacrifice of time, energy and money required for most commitments to be accomplished, but why do something if you are not willing to finish and finish well. Attaining your dream … Continue reading Give It Your All
In life we are always moving in a direction with our choices and actions. If you have goals set for the year or next years, you are either moving towards accomplishing those goals or you are moving away from them. Not making intentional choices to move towards your goals is setting yourself back. Same thing … Continue reading How Are You Bettering Yourself?
I knew I was meant for something better, something more significant. I was struggling to see my future possibilities because of my current situation. It was a tough time and allowing frustration in made me only see in the short term. Short term sight in your life will oftentimes lead you to an undesirable situation, … Continue reading Finding Joy
We are all called by God to spread the love of Christ. Everyone of us. If you have chosen to follow Jesus, you have chosen to be called by God to GO. In Matthew 28, we find the Great Commission given by Jesus. He is saying is GO! The answer to the 'what' in our … Continue reading Set…GO…Ready?
Today I spent some time listening to the song "Give Me Jesus" by Bethel Music. The song is simple, the lyrics are basic, but the message is powerful. Jesus is our rock and our salvation, and through Him we have the opportunity for redemption and to walk with the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. … Continue reading Give Me Jesus
Other than finances, time is one of the most important areas of our life we allow complacency and laziness to dictate how it is handled. Winning with time means you are giving the best part of yourself to the most important things in your life. When all is said and done, the memories we look back … Continue reading How To Win With Time
Recently, I heard a story about a group of people in Spokane, WA who noticed many of the residents complaining about how ugly the city was and how they thought it was a bad place to live. This group decided to counter the negativity by taking pride in their city and showing people how it … Continue reading Grand Island Doesn’t Suck
Recently, we learned of a tragic incident of a widely respected, hard working young man from central Nebraska. Tragedies are confusing, frustrating and exhausting. I know all too well because I experienced tragedy firsthand. It has been incredible to see the outpouring of love and support for this particular family. But here are a few … Continue reading Make Your Life Matter