• My Gaze Ahead

    In 2019, I am leading the church I serve to better understand what it means to be the Body of Christ. I began this past Sunday by laying the groundwork for the series and sharing that we, as a body, need a head – and that head is Jesus (see Colossians 1.18). This series is not just theory, but rather is meant to be practical. It is meant to help us become a healthier body because a healthy body makes a healthy church. (That is the series title, “Healthy Body, Healthy Church.”) The idea is that just like a healthy human body is generally capable of doing more than one…

  • A Gaze Ahead

    As we begin a new year, it is a time when most people take inventory on the past year and look ahead to the coming year. Here are a few questions and a key thought to help us consider what is truly important. What are your primary goals this year? Why are those goals important? How will those girls impact your life’s purpose? What can you do this month to begin fulfilling those goals? What will you do today towards those goals? How does my relationship with God influence my response to the questions above? And finally, here is a thought in the form of two more questions. If Jesus…

  • The Gift of Talent(s)

    For the final scheduled post this year, I will conclude this brief series on the gifts of our time, treasure, and talents. I have previously posted on time and treasure, so this post will be on our talents. For those who have a biblical background, a mention of talents will likely lead to thoughts of the parable Jesus taught on the talents (see Matthew 25). From this parable, we read what I call, the Great Commendation – “Well done good and faithful servant.” It is a phrase that every believer should long to hear, but let me point out two thoughts related to what I quoted. First, the phrase is…

  • The Gift of Treasure

    In last week’s post, I gave a bit of an account of the gift of time that God has given us. The reality is that time is the only gift we all have that is completely equal for all of us – at least on a daily basis. We all have twenty-four hours in a day. The question is: what we do with the time we have each day? Of course, because of our humanity (i.e. sinfulness through Adam), we have illness, disease, early deaths, etc. So even though we all have the same number of hours each day, the length (and quality) of our lives is often quite different.…

  • Reading List

    Below the table you will find a brief description of why the table is constructed as it is. The STEP relates to the five-step process in fulfilling my vision plus one extra for personal enjoyment. The ROLE relates to areas in my life where I have responsibility to lead others. LEAVE is left blank regarding the role because leaving could be related to any number of items – such as moving (which affects the church), dying (which affects a lot), etc. The GREAT relates to the five parts of living a faithful life for Jesus. Many are familiar with the Great Commandment (Mark 12.30-31) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28.18-20),…