They are young, beautiful, smart, committed and very talented. With a committee, I'm listening intently to their story about the last three years. They live in a somewhat closed country, to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a Zoom call but you see and hear their joy, passion and pain as we ask questions…Read more Preparation is Important
Our sons and their families are coming home for Christmas. We have grandsons hoping for a snowy Christmas to go sledding, build a snowman, and throw snowballs! One of them hopes that Papa and Gramma will give him a puppy for Christmas. Their hopes are wishes. It's how the word is used today. Wishes that…Read more Advent Hope and a Winter Wish
I dream about twenty years from now. In my dream I still rise early to have coffee with the Lord. My wife wakes up and I bring her coffee and toast in bed. We enjoy talking with one another watching the sunrise. (Remember this a dream." By the way she is drinking light roast coffee…Read more Dreaming 25 years in Our Future
I pray that the first two months of 2021 have been as productive and prosperous as people were hoping when 2020 was finally history. I found myself singing “Great is Thy Faithfulness” this morning. The phrase “morning by morning new mercies I see” filled my soul with music. Lamentations 3:23 tell us they are new…Read more Making Dreams Come True
Prayerfully Write Visionary Life Goals “Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15–16, AMP Life goals are how I talk about…Read more Visionary Goals
A guiding thought for me has always been, “Where do I want to go?”Before I read my Bible or go to my study to prepare a message, I ask the Lord, “Where do you want me to go?” I ask of the text from the Bible, “Where is this going?” When I read a book,…Read more Where Are You Going?
Today I've spent reflecting on goals and reading my journal from this year. On December 31 a virus that you cannot see with the naked eye was not even a part of my thought life or prayer life. January 19, Coronavirus was still not a concern for us. However, that Sunday, I preached a message…Read more December 31, 2020 Reflections
“He anointed me… He has sent me on a mission...” (Luke 4:16–19, WUEST) “Just as the Father sent me, I send you.” (John 20:21, Message) I met an unhappy team of students overseas on a missions trip. It seems their leadership and the organization sponsoring hadn’t really planned a mission. These kids were not there…Read more On Mission!
Sunday Morning at Woodland while worshipping with our congregation a deep joy flowed through me. Eric, one of our young men home for the Thanksgiving weekend, led us in worship. Behind him was another student, Noah, home from Valley Forge, was playing guitar. Eric's parents were singing and Noah's Dad was playing bass. It was…Read more Watching A Dream Flourish
Imagine if the entire world experienced a global revival placing their faith in Jesus Christ. Imagine the life transformation of entire populations that would happen and suddenly most of the problems of the world would disappear over night. I've always been impressed by how great world leaders admire the teachings and acts of Jesus…Read more Imagine if there was global revival…!