Discipline of Fasting

Discipline of Fasting

A new stroke Over the last several weeks, we’ve explored spiritual disciplines. The disciplined practice, spiritually speaking, creates the environment for God’s grace to do His best work in you and through you! We’ve talked about meditation and prayer. And today, we...
Discipline of Prayer

Discipline of Prayer

Wireless mics are lovely! They make life a little bit easier for me since there aren’t as many cords to make the mic work. And it’s super awesome that they give whoever is on stage the freedom of movement. And for someone who speaks with his hands (insert...
Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation

Have you ever given someone else directions only to have them do the exact opposite of what you asked? My wife knows all about this. Oh, and not with the kids, but with me. She knows better than to ask me to take care of the laundry. Bath towels would be the only...
Spiritual Disciplines

Spiritual Disciplines

A few years ago, I took it upon myself to learn to swim freestyle the right way. I’ve swam for as long as I can remember but never used any technique. So I started down the road of learning to swim freestyle. I started slow and worked up speed and distance till...
Unexpected

Unexpected

I remember my very first time teaching a small group. Never in a million years did I ever see me as a teacher. Writer, yes. Teacher, heck no! But I was, standing in front of a small group of 12 adults, older than I and likely much wiser. And I was to teach them. There...
Better to Give

Better to Give

Whether running, swimming, or cycling, regardless of how fatigued I am, I’ll get this surge of energy toward the end of a long session. This good feeling tells me to keep pushing ahead. No matter how I feel before the rush of endorphins, I forget the muscles depleted...
Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe

I love summer kid’s camps. No other activity in kid’s ministry has the potency of kid’s camp. More happens spiritually in one week of camp than I can pack into a year of kids ministry. Of course, it’s not all spiritual. Camp has fun, from...
Revolutionary Behavior

Revolutionary Behavior

Politics I wouldn’t say I like standing in line at the store. But the conversations that occur while in line are usually entertaining and telling about the individuals. Sometimes I join the discussions and add a thought or two. But there are times I refrain. And...
Minimums

Minimums

What’s the minimum again? I have teenage daughters. There’s very little that scares me anymore. And having teenage daughters makes me appreciate my parents knowing they had a teenage version of me in their house for several years. Now THAT is scary for me...
Get Back Up Again – Part IV

Get Back Up Again – Part IV

Financial genius I am not Not an impressive way to start a post, is it? Yet it doesn’t change the reality that it’s honest…and, more importantly, authentic. I’ve made bad decisions. And that truth came to a head in 2018 while hunting hogs from a tree...