Black Friday Week!

Black Friday Week!

Ahh, the time of year when I’m tempted to upgrade my lifestyle—Black Friday week. I wouldn’t mind upgrading from my old out of date box TV, stock up on some new movies, get some new clothes, finally own a computer, maybe reconnect to my gaming days with an Xbox 1 or add to my fishing/camping arsenal. Who knows what whimsical purchase I may feel led to make. How could I…Keep Reading

Wanting the Best for our Kids

Wanting the Best for our Kids

What we want for our kids’ futures reveals a lot about what we truly value and trust. Do we push them to be great in sports and other extra-curricular activities, to excel in academics, to get a respectable degree and to strive after a “good” job, to marry into security, etc….Do we invest in steering them towards those things MORE than we invest in steering them to love God and…Keep Reading

PARENTS…Presented to you, the teen brain

Are you a parent of a teen, or child entering their teen years? Please, watch this entire video. Understanding more about why they are the way they are equips you to know how to engage them, and can prevent a lot of frustration! God Bless 🙂 Phil

When Truth Pushes Away

When Truth Pushes Away

In John chapter 6 Jesus had a mega church following going on—we’re talking thousands. But nearly everyone but His twelve left after a particularly difficult teaching. Jesus did not tell the twelve or His Father, “I guess I need to rethink my ministry model”, He didn’t go after them and try to coax them back with reassuring words; He turned to His twelve and asked, “Do you want to go…Keep Reading

Changing Currents in Today’s Church

Changing Currents in Today’s Church

Churches that continue to interact with the culture that they wish existed instead of the one that actually does, will continue to grow increasingly disconnected from their community, and become less and less affective extensions of God’s love and truth in this world. Dozens of churches are closing their doors every day in the U.S. Even if this is a result of unrelated circumstances, one thing is for sure, church…Keep Reading

Wrestling With Suffering

Wrestling With Suffering

I’m 27, which means that I’ve lived more than half my life now in continually worsening back pain. I was 13 when I hurt myself in semi-finals at state wrestling tournament, found out I had level 5 spondylolisthesis, which led to major back surgery, and a changed life. I fought the reality of my situation and pushed through pain and continued in sports throughout high school. I was angry that…Keep Reading

Patience

Patience

  The youth group is going through the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5, and this week we are talking about patience. I thought I’d summarize and share the core truths that our lesson is built on: A patient person is unwaveringly centered in right-focus of what matters most. It is not that a patient person is not affected by hardship, persecution, or aggravation; but, they remain unmoved by…Keep Reading