Twenty-five years ago, a friend, Leroy Bartel, introduced me to a philosophy of ministry that the Assemblies of God would launch later, that would be called We Build People. Literally the more he talked about it my heart began to beat rapidly. We were sitting in my car in Forsyth, Georgia at a summer youth…Read more Discipleship – Growing in Faith together!
The faith story of the Apostle Peter is fascinating. It appears it took several months before he really committed to Christ. This salty fisherman, who became a rock in the church, had his fair share of ups and downs. Often times he spoke without thinking, he could be impulsive, and emotional. However, when it came…Read more The Grit to Continue
Recently a smart young woman asked me what I thought it took for a successful marriage. We only had a moment, she was at work, I was on my way to an appointment. However, three answers came to mind immediately. First, learn how to love. When you love someone, you serve them. Love is more…Read more Three Necessities for a Successful Marriage
Noah's faith was thoughtful and reflective in a corrupt and violent world. He must have thought deeply about God and the culture he lived in. He obviously was a man of prayer and meditation on the teachings he had received from his ancestors. Faith is not blind as some say. Faith is built on the…Read more Good Thinking Noah!
This evening 43 years ago Becky and I exchanged our wedding vows before God, the pastors, our families and friends. I still remember choking up and trying to sing to her when the rear doors of the sanctuary opened and there she stood, radiating pure beauty! My hands are trembling now remembering that moment in…Read more Happy Anniversary Sweetheart!
Most people like Jesus's teaching, his deeds of kindness and power, and his example. What many don't like and won't is his Lordship. If he would have conformed to the expectations and polls of the Pharisees, Sadducees, or even the Roman government they would have liked and celebrated him as a religious or civic hero.…Read more Jesus Grit #2
My hero, happens to also be my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I've learned so much about confident living from serving him. There are certain blessings God gives us, for instance salvation, forgiveness of our sins, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Then there are blessings that we receive conditionally as we serve Christ.…Read more Lessons I learned from Jesus’ grit #1