We are at the end of a book. Its the end of summer. You come to endings and there are always mixed emotions. Gratefulness for what was done. Longing for more. Hoping that the good outweighs the bad.   It happens at the end of a job, a career, an epoch of life, and while you look back on all…

We are talking about commitment today. That is a dangerous word. Commitment is important. But commitment is something that you really only do with select things. A lot of us go to extensive effort to not commit to things.   I spend most of my time avoiding commitment. Dad, can i play football in the fall. Dad, will you take…

There are a lot of things that can humble you. Sports is one of the best for me. In my head I can think I am pretty good. I can picture myself nailing the game winning shot in the NBA finals. I can utterly dominate in the driveway with the eight year old kids. Those things can give me a…

The Word of God doing the Work of God Neh 8:1-12 In 383ad a self admittedly soul sick and tormented African philosopher by the name of Aurelius Augustine went to hear the preaching of a bishop named St Ambrose. He went for the eloquent style but the bishop's preaching began to have an effect on him and his friend Alpius.…

We have spent several weeks talking about the opposition that Nehemiah faced. I almost wondered if we need to skip this chapter, but then thought perhaps the Lord designed this repetition to tell us something important. If we just skip to the parts we think are good then we just might miss something God has to say. I have been…

At this point in my life I have been in ministry about fifteen years. I have had the privilege of being a part of a thriving ministry taking off and reaching its peak, with many lives being changed and growing to a movement of many churches. I remember during those times talking to people who saw how great things were…

One of my favorite movies of all time is Bravehardt. Its an old movie but it is a classic. I dont just like it because guys put on face paint and go out to battle the bad guys, or that all those great battle scenes are filmed in super slow mo, though that is part. I like the movie because…

Amanda and I got married in September of 2002, and after a few months we moved to Orlando so I could go to seminary. The preparations were made well in advance, and this is what it seemed the Lord was leading us to do. One of the things that set the tone for our stay in Orlando was our move.…

Intro Growing up i had some family members that would collect coins. A couple really got into it. They had some rare coins that were really old, but I remember one uncle talking about how much he paid for a quarter. It was an old quartet. It was a modern one, one that people carried in their pockets. In fact…