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November 1, 2018

Say what you will about Halloween. I’m not here to condone or condemn it. I don’t have a personal affinity for witches, ghosts or goblins, but I do fondly recall Halloween memories from my childhood; a trip around the neighborhood with good friends- a chill in the air and the sound of crunching leaves underfoot- harvest parties at the church and a...

August 29, 2018

I sat in my office on a Tuesday afternoon in May, trying to work up the gusto to prepare a message for our youth group, but events leading up to that moment had stolen much of my joy. My day began with an unpleasant visit from some unexpected bills. Tensions in my personal life were wearing me down and only a few days earlier, I stood at the graves...

July 4, 2018

Night had fallen, but the evening offered no peace. A palpable tension hung in the warm, thick air that laid across the land like a heavy woolen blanket. Food supplies were dangerously low. Equipment was scattered along the ground in no semblance of order. Every soul was quiet, waiting for a signal or sign. Suddenly, without warning, an explosion o...

April 4, 2018

My eyes opened to the glowing green numbers of the alarm clock... 3:08 am. I didn't have to be up for another few hours, but I felt strangely awake. My mind flooded with thoughts of the day to come, so I remained still- trying to will myself back to sleep by staring at the slivers of light that peaked through the blinds from the streetlamp. I asked...

December 12, 2017

The bells in town would ring for many occasions, but the Christmas bells always caught my full attention. They would toll each December, marking the arrival of the holiday season. In my heart and mind, they just sounded different- They were louder and clearer, bringing with them the incomparable joy of the most wonderful time of the year. In my sou...

July 27, 2017

For a number of years, "summer camp" became a focal point in my young life. It’s not an understatement to say that I have countless joyful memories of the moments I spent on that little campus in Pennsylvania. To this day, my life feels blessed by those experiences. There’s something particularly special to be said about a Christian summer camp. Wh...

June 22, 2017

Can you see it? It's the light at the end of the tunnel- a reward for trudging through the three "lesser" seasons of the year. You've waited in anticipation and it’s finally arrived. It’s summertime! That’s right folks, the calendar pages have turned and sunshine and fun are staring you in the face. Students, throw out your textbooks and pick up a...

June 11, 2017

 

In the winter of 2013, I decided it was time for a career change, so I stepped out of retail and into a sales position with a wireless provider. I admit, my time there was brief (suits and ties, corporate seminars and commission were not for me), but I did walk away from the experience with a better understanding of myself. Most days, my time was...

April 14, 2017

 

“Jesus replied: ‘A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ ‘But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ ‘Another s...

March 16, 2017

Your capacity to lead is determined by your capacity to love. Have you ever participated in a “three-legged” race? Picture it with me for a moment… Two partners stand side by side and willingly tie their adjoining legs together. When the race begins, spectators enjoy the insanity of watching two individuals attempting to run as one. Rarely does the...

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