Forget the New Resolutions – Just Be New

I didn’t make any “New Year’s” resolutions this year… There. I said it. Each year I make a few and always fail to follow through.  I start off well, but inevitably, I always regress back to the norm.  What I need to do is redefine what my normal is. I need a new normal. 2Continue reading “Forget the New Resolutions – Just Be New”

A Prayer of Thanks to God Who Blesses Beyond Measure

Father, You are my great Provider.  You love to give good things to Your children.  You have blessed me with every good thing.  Sometimes Your blessings have been answers to my prayers; A lovely wife, kids who love You, a home for my family.  The very best gifts from You are the ones I wasn’tContinue reading “A Prayer of Thanks to God Who Blesses Beyond Measure”

Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams

  It is easy to get discouraged. Especially when you look around and your situation is not what you thought it would be.  It appears to you that your dreams have failed.  The visions of success you had as a young man or woman are nowhere to be found.  Have you ever felt like that? Continue reading “Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams”

Prayer For The Struggling Servant

Father, in all Your majesty, You did not consider Yourself too good to come down and serve us.  Thank You for Your humility.  You knelt to wash the feet of disciples, those whom You called Your students.  When Your followers thought themselves too good to be bothered by the presence of little children, You correctedContinue reading “Prayer For The Struggling Servant”

Christmas in October

One of the fundamentals of the life of a worship pastor is that, every year you get a whole lot of Christmas.  Having the responsibility of helping the congregation celebrate every year means you start with rehearsals in October.  And to do that, you must at least begin sifting through music in July or atContinue reading “Christmas in October”

The Tongue (caution! hazardous when in use)

Beware of the backhanded complement.  Yes, I mean you… and me… and all of us.  This is a caution to anyone with a tongue. Pastor Joe was right on Sunday! Boy, do I need to hear that sermon everyday!  Note to self; Speak Sweeter!  I’m not saying that I’m a foul mouth, though I couldContinue reading “The Tongue (caution! hazardous when in use)”

Honesty; The Best Policy

Honesty is hard! So hard that I find many people avoiding it all together. I’m not saying they have been dishonest with me. I can’t be sure. I do know this, that honesty is a must for those who choose to follow Christ. I can think of many cliches regarding honesty and many of themContinue reading “Honesty; The Best Policy”

The Centrality of Jesus in Worship

Thank you for allowing me, this past Sunday to share with you about worship. I’ve heard it said about me that my passion is worship. Let me amend this assumption, by saying that my true passion is WHO I worship – Jesus. As I mentioned Sunday, our worship starts with Jesus. As we reach outContinue reading “The Centrality of Jesus in Worship”

Happy Baseball Day!

It’s that time of year again!! I’m so excited. For me Opening Day really is like a holiday. That makes last night Baseball’s Eve. My favorite baseball carol is probably “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” but that is probably everybody’s favorite. I also like the clapping song, you know, the one with 2 clapsContinue reading “Happy Baseball Day!”

Fun, Fellowship and Rock-n-Roll

I’m still contemplating the devotion, talents and skills of our members involved in Phil’s Diner 2. This past weekend was an awesome time of fun, fellowship and rock-n-roll. I enjoyed that our church was saying to our friends and neighbors “Just come and have fun with us.” And FUN it was indeed. Now we areContinue reading “Fun, Fellowship and Rock-n-Roll”