Do you really think you are smart enough to direct your own life? (Proverbs 3:1-8)

Sometimes, as Christians, we don’t understand the power that we have. Pentecost teaches us that we have the almighty God! It’s the message that was given to the church in 1 John 4:4, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” When we walk with God, we understand that we are connected to the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Creator of the universe who loves me unconditionally.


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In defense of love

The highlight of my Sunday wasn’t the sermon I preached. It was the celebration afterwards. We were able to enjoy a peaceful Mother’s Day with my wife and celebrate my son’s 5th birthday. When he told me, “Daddy, I feel so happy today,” my whole day couldn’t have gotten any better. Although sometimes I’d like to kill them (and you parents know what I mean), no one besides Jesus loves my kids more than me. They are my world. We celebrate as much as we can with them because we want them to know how special they are!

And as I contemplate all of this, I wonder if this is what Jesus desires from us as his church. Should the love for our spiritual brothers emulate the love a parent has for his child? Should we be quick to forgive the trespasses of others? Should we sometimes let things go, for the sake of peace?

The answer is simple…Definitely Yes!


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Happy Mother’s Day

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To all the mothers out there who sacrifice so much for their families, happy Mother’s Day!



How do you deal with life when people hurt you?

Have you ever had one of those moments where you wish you could just hurt somebody who has hurt you or a loved one? I’m talking about Old Testament style eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth type of revenge! Unfortunately, we’ll all pass through our own “valley of the shadow of death” at one time or another. It’s a dark time in our life where people who we trusted act in ways which hurt us and betray our confidence. It’s that moment where close friends abandon you, when leaders who you depended on betray your confidence, or when your own family treats you like a stranger.

How do you deal with life when people hurt you? Do you choose to get bitter or to get better?

Experience has taught me that bitterness can be such a bittersweet emotion. You revel when those who cause you pain are injured. You feel as though you’re winning the battle against people when your unethical behavior seems to pay off. Your entire mindset is focused on that individual, turning bitterness into resentment, and resentment into hate.

Don’t fall into that trap!

As Christians, we are called to model grace. It’s what Jesus did when he was on the cross and said, “Father, forgive them, for


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Are your friends messing up your relationship with Jesus? (Proverbs 2:12-22)

Fifteen years in the ministry has taught me that bad company corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33). Who we choose to associate ourselves with will either help us or hurts us in our quest to become the people that Jesus desires us to be. Wisdom tells us that our friends and associations might serve to mess up our relationship with Jesus!

When I was a teenager, I heard all the youth talks about avoiding the druggies, the sexually immoral, or the “bad kids” who used a lot of foul language and listened to Slayer and Metallica. As I’ve grown up, however, I’ve learned that negative influences are much more subtle and much more powerful.

Proverbs 2 shows us a few of these categories:


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