Here is the sermon from Sunday morning’s service. It was a message God had been stirring in my heart for many weeks.  I encourage you to watch it with an open heart. Evaluate how you receive the preaching of the Word when you attend church.  Do you provide good soil for the seed of the Word of God to be sown in?



Good Soil

Trail ride- Pinnacle Mountain State Park



Had a great family trail ride today on our vacation. Would have taken more pictures but I had an ornery horse (hence the blurry photo). I could have sworn it was part donkey. We had a blast though! Weather was overcast and in the high 70s.  Hannah looked like pro on her horse. All those horse riding lessons paid off.

The Lord Works With Us So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

The beauty of this verse reveals that when we share Christ and “preach” everywhere,  He will not leave us alone. Better yet, He will confirm His Word with signs and wonders. Jesus still has mighty power and He will use us to minister to the needs of others. What greater way to point people to Christ than by showing them that we have a powerful and mighty Savior! The Lord works with us!


“He reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and to no one’s sorrow, departed.” II Chronicles 21:20

Will you be missed when you are gone?  Are you leaving a legacy or will anyone be sad when you pass away?

I know this sounds like a cruel question, but I only intend to provoke thought.  What am I doing with my life that is affecting others for the good, so that I will be missed when I am gone?  Imagine being a king for 8 years and no one being sad when you died.  Jehoram had eight years to make a difference in the kingdom but lived contrary to God’s ways.  The result in the end was a painful death and no one caring that he died.

Our lives are short and we must leave a mark on the world in which we live.  If we are not doing something to impact those around us, we will slip into eternity unnoticed.  The endeavor of our lives should be to touch as many lives as we can and leave a legacy behind us.  Beginning with our family, our church, our neighborhood and our world.

I challenge you, decide today, to begin living different!  Live passionately for others!  Give your life away and see what God can do through you.  In the end, you will be missed!

Together, let’s make a difference in the world we live.  Let’s join together and touch the lives of those around us.

Happy 20th To A Man of God

Sonya and I are blessed to be the parents of such a fine man. God has called him and set him apart for His work. He has grown into a man of God. Josh is a great youth pastor and loves each of those in his ministry. Even more, he is a great son who loves his family. We thank God for Josh everyday. Every parent should have a kid as easy to raise as this guy. Happy birthday, Son! We are proud of you!

Happy 20th To A Man of God

Encourager or Fire-Fighter

Are you an encourager or a fire fighter?

Years ago, after watching the old Disney Classic, Third Man on the Mountain, our son Josh asked about being a rock climber

“Are you going to do this with me, Dad?” was his heart felt question.

I replied that it would take a lot of training in order to prepare ourselves for that type of adventure.  “Well, wake me up at five every morning and WE will start exercising.”

I then replied, “In our neck of the woods there aren’t any places to climb rocks.  The only hills we have are overpasses.”  (We lived in Southeast Texas at the time.)

“Well, I am going to do it any way.” was his reply. I finally concluded the conversation by saying that we would find a place around there that we could do some rock climbing.

The dreams of a ten year old boy cannot be easily quenched.  All it took was viewing a movie about rock climbing to spark his interest in the sport.  A dream was planted in his heart.  A dream that had him pretending that our backyard oak tree was the Citadel in the Swiss Alps.  The dream took precedence over logic, but isn’t that what dreaming is all about?

All too often people let their dreams die because no one will encourage them but rather their fire is put out.  Many people never try anything for God because someone told them that they couldn’t do it.  What dream have you laid down?

What we need in the body of Christ is encouragers, not firefighters.  People who will fan the flames of the dreamer and encourage them to go for it.  Our young people need to hear us telling them to dream of being all they can be for Christ. 

Firefighters are usually those who have no dreams or have let their dreams die.  An encourager is someone who believes that anything can be accomplished.  Many a church is not flourishing today because the fire has long been put out.  Dreamers are cast aside as people that are crazy.  Dreamers are people that intimidate those who cower at the obstacles.  All dreamers need to accomplish their task, is an encourager.

It was said of Barnabas, “When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.”  (Acts 11:23)

Could it be that some are not following the Lord today because their God dreams were not encouraged?  Note that Barnabas encouraged them that they should continue with purpose of heart. 

Parents, encourage your children to dream big.  Christians, encourage fellow believers to pursue the things that God has laid on their hearts even if it seems impossible to you.