Victor OR Victim: Which One Are You?

Victors take responsibility for their mistakes.  Victims blame others for their mistakes. Victors receive correction as a teaching moment. Victims take correction as a personal attack. Victors let go of offenses.  Victims horde their offenses and take on others offenses as well. Victors refuse to be defined by their failures.  Victims refuse to see anything […]

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I Am Not the Church

How often have you heard someone, when asked “Who is the Church” would respond with a quick, “I am the Church!”? I know I’ve heard it….a lot. In fact, I’d dare say I’ve probably said it a time or two myself. And unfortunately, it’s just not an accurate or biblical statement to make. Don’t misunderstand […]

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25 Aspects of Worshiping God

As a worship leader, my desire is to see the church (universal) understand what worship is and actually put it into practice.  Sadly there are many voices convoluting and confusing the discussion with equating personal preference with scripture. They may not be actually saying it with their lips, but their actions and attitudes clearly demonstrate […]

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When Poison Poisons the Poisoned

Offenses will come. It’s not a matter of “if”, but a matter of “when”. And how we respond to our offenses will ultimately determine how or if we are able to move on from the offense and will also determine how much damage is caused in the process. The unfortunate fact is this: when one […]

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When Fear Blinds You to Reality

Have you ever been so afraid that you were blind to what was really happening around you? I know I’ve experienced this. Especially when the pressures of life began to have a profound effect on more than just myself, but also my family, or friends, and others around me. The most recent corporate example of […]

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The Faith Vacuum

This past week in my church a recurring theme kept ringing out. In our prayer time before service, during our worship, and even at the end of our service when we took up a HUGE offering for our property…the theme of abounding faith was ringing out clearly. Specifically, the example of Elijah (1 Kings 18:20-40 […]

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Racial Band-Aids

Growing up as a kid, when I would fall and get a scrape or cut myself somehow, my mother would apply a band-aid to my wound. But not BEFORE she kissed my boo-boo, washed the wound, and then applied some antiseptic ointment to keep bacteria and other nasties from infecting the wound, further agitating the […]

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Fathers Day for the Fatherless

I never suspected that when my parents divorced  last year (with me at the age of 34) under less than honorable circumstances, that Fathers Day would become one of those holidays that just wouldn’t quite be the same.  I’m hoping this isn’t a life long trend. But I know that this year things aren’t going […]

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Attempting to move the immovable 

Psalm 18:2 ESV The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. When I read scriptures like this, that utilizes imagery to describe God, his character, his personality, his power, his might, his justice, […]

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Hate.

Perhaps you’ve seen the movie “Princess Bride”…perhaps you haven’t. If you haven’t, we can’t be friends until you do, because this is one of my all-time favorite movies. (better get a move on it!) Anyways, in the movie The Great Vizinni keeps using the word “Inconceivable” and Inigo Montoya eventually says to him, “You keep […]

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