Spiritual mediocrity is NOT the desire of God for your life!

Jesus didn’t save your life to make it worse, but to make it better! (John 10:10)

With that thought, I’ve witnessed so many people languish in a half hearted Christianity, whereby they have an affinity to Jesus, but whose lives do not reflect the transformation that leads to the best life possible.

If only they knew that living all out for God is the BEST thing that you can do for yourself! I encourage you to let go of all your inhibitions and give your all to Jesus.

Here are three points to live a life that God desires you to live:


3 Reasons I love my church

One of the worst mistakes people make is attending (or leading) a church that they really don’t like. I’ve learned that ministry can’t be a job, it must be a calling. The stresses, expectations, and demands of ministry are hard to understand for most people.

However, I’m lucky enough to be part of a body whereby most (and to be honest, most but definitely not all) support me. They understand my vision and make it a pleasure to be here.  I also understand that no church is perfect. There will always be people who make your life miserable. However, keeping up the positive:


The Blessed Life

For the past several weeks, I’ve been discussing with my church how to live a blessed life—a life of favor with God. There are several facets to this, such as:

1- Understanding that God wants his people to prosper spiritually. The entire Bible directs us to the thought that if we prosper spiritually, we will not measure our blessings by what we have, but rather by who we are becoming in Christ.

2- Everything belongs to God. There is nothing on this earth that is truly ours (e.g. Psalm 24:1). Instead of owners, we are stewards of our time, talents, and treasures.

3- God needs to be first or he isn’t God in our lives. No matter their hardships or struggles, the Bible records that those who put God first were more than overcomers (see Hebrews 11).

4- The reason why we do something is just as important as what we do. Several will do good things, yet fail to achieve eternity’s reward (Matthew 7:21-22). God judges our motives! Our blessings are derived from asking right from God (see Proverbs 16:2 and James 4:3).

Remember, God didn’t save you to make your life worse, but to give you a life of abundance!

Youth is not wasted on the young

My career in ministry started at age 13. I had a wonderful elderly pastor who believed in me and instructed me in how to teach my peers. My first lesson was based on Adam and Eve, one of the few stories that I was familiar with.  21 years later, I’m blessed to be a pastor and am lucky enough to have found my calling.

However, not everything in life has been easy, even this religion thing. At 18 I remember being tired of the church and ministry. I was prepared to leave it all behind to live like everyone else. It just wasn’t worth it to me anymore.

I see a lot of young people in the same predicament. While some find an authentic and life changing experience in Christ, many are disillusioned with a religious system that leaves them empty and unfulfilled. Church is good, their parents love it, but in 5-10 years they will transition out of the church and live a life apart from Christ.

And my heart breaks for these youth.


Missing home

I originally reside from San Jose, CA. My family is there, and one thing I know for certain is that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. One of my regrets was not appreciating the great family I have. Now that I only get to see them a few times a year, I understand this fully.

To explain further: I miss the comfort. I miss knowing all the roads and how to get to places. I miss the familiarity. I miss knowing that I had a close community of friends who I could call at a moment’s notice. I’ve been a resident here for roughly a year, and building those types of friendships and knowing that people really care for you is a difficult prospect.

Starting over is difficult.