When I see my wife smile, or our children and grandsons smile, my heart swells with joy. Either they are pleased or amused. It doesn’t matter which, I’m happy with their pleasure. However, the goal of my life is not pleasing them, but pleasing God. There is a huge difference and it's what I will…Read more God Pleasers!
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?
God really does speak to us through the Bible. The Bible doesn’t have to be defended; it is a living, dangerously sharp collection of books that will penetrate your life and thoughts. Perhaps your familiar with this verse. “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword,…Read more Listening to God
Mark, is the Creative Arts Pastor at Woodland Church in Brownstown, Michigan. He a talented and creative man with a passion for worship. He is the husband of Kyra, dad to Phillip and Melody. Mark enjoys board games, playing music with Kyra, superhero movies, and walking his dog, Shadow. Mark in the California Redwoods! “In…Read more Guest Post from Mark Warda
Jesus’ disciples tried unsuccessfully to help a boy after the boy’s dad asked them to. The dad and the disciples appealed to Jesus for help. As always Jesus came through and healed by delivering him from the grip of the devil. Later when the disciples asked why they had failed, he told them, “This kind…Read more By Prayer and Fasting
My earliest memories include prayer. My parents by my bedside and teaching my sister and me how to pray, my pastor laying his hand upon my forehead praying for me. My uncles when they prayed it was fervent and earnest, reminded me of Moses on the mountain. My boyhood church prayed around the altar, and…Read more How I Approach God in Prayer
Here is a quote from my grandsons' The Jesus Storybook Bible we gave them for Christmas. "This is how God will rescue the whole world [Jesus says]. My life will break and God's broken world will mend. My heart will tear apart—and your hearts will heal … I won't be with you long. You are…Read more Friending God
As this year comes to a close, I have so much to be thankful for! God’s amazing grace has been so real to me, our family and our Woodland Family. Our first grandson was born to Andrew and Dana, Andrew has returned home from his third deployment, Christopher has completed his Masters, Benjamin and Aimee…Read more God is in Control!
I enjoy adventure and action. A vacation that includes something new like white water rafting, rappelling, snorkeling, skiing a black diamond or even a new dining experience with some exotic food! Becky and I have had quite a few adventures following Christ in our marriage and ministry. When I think about it, two things come…Read more Faith Acts in Love