It has been a long time since I have made New Year's resolutions. Instead, several years ago, I began praying through a word that God might want to focus my growth and relationship with him in the coming year. As we approached the holidays this year, I was spending a lot of time focusing on … Continue reading Gearing Up for a New Year
Merry Christmas! As we draw near to Christmas Day, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas. Every year, we live in an ongoing tension to keep Jesus Christ the center of a increasingly commercialized holiday. So, my prayer for you and yours is, as you fix … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
We all know the difference between thermometers and thermostats, right? Thermometers measure the temperature in a room. Thermostats set the temperature in a room. God gives us divine appointments in this life. He allows us to have influence in places and situations. We have opportunities to influence family, neighbors and co-workers for the Kingdom of … Continue reading Thermometer or Thermostat?
Several weeks ago, our small group was meeting and we were discussing how Jesus brings us purpose in this life. The conversation quickly shifted to how we often find our identity in our work. Ever been there? I know it is a little too close to home for me. Ten years ago, I was a … Continue reading Toil or Tend?
In every space in which I've been a part of discussions surrounding our series, "What's So Great About Jesus?" - I've heard over and over, stories of people looking everywhere for peace. Peace is in short supply. We aren't going to find it in Downtown Austin or Washington DC. Let's get real. We aren't even … Continue reading Looking for Peace…in all the wrong places.
I have a confession to make. I tend to judge people's hearts. I did it again just several hours ago. Here is the issue I've discovered: there's a difference between being a truth teller and someone who judges other's hearts. We are absolutely called to speak the truth in love into someone's life. Speaking the … Continue reading The Heart of the Matter…