School Days

John 12:8 “For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.” Living such a short distance to our children’s elementary school gives my wife Kate and I the opportunity to walk our son Jacob to and from school.  I know this may sound like some great quality family time but most days, for a …

Who are you?

In the Book of John Chapters 7 and 8, the people of Jerusalem are completely divided about who Jesus is.  The words Jesus uses cause some to fear Him, and others to believe in Him.  Some believe he is a Prophet, while others believe that “Surely He is the Christ,” (John 7:40).  Both groups notice that there is something different …

The Journey

In the Book of Acts Chapter 27, it was decided that Paul and 275 other prisoners would make their way from Adramyttium to Rome. Paul was facing trial as the accusations against him were the result of him preaching the Gospel.  This would have been an incredibly long journey, which ironically gave Paul the opportunity to continue his mission to …

Mission Impossible

While reading about Paul’s missionary travels in Acts Chapter 23, I was encouraged by the promises God makes to Paul during his missionary journeys.  Here we find Paul jailed in Jerusalem after his return from Rome where he has been preaching the gospel.  Paul longs to return to his homeland Rome, however, God tells him to stay in Jerusalem, and …

Game Plan

During my coaching years I usually watched between 80-90 hours of film weekly to prepare the game plan for the coming week.  In my earlier years of coaching, I would often use the same plan again and again against different opponents, which usually proved ineffective. I learned that I couldn’t just show up with the same plan, but that I …

Names

My lips will glorify you because Your faithful love is better than life. So I will praise You as long as I live; at Your name, I will lift up my hands.  Psalm 63:3-4 The arrival of our third child is approaching. We don’t have a name yet, and we don’t even know the gender.  Our society values names, and …

Favoritism

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritismbut accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. Acts 10:34-5 Today’s current events have caused me to reflect on my days of coaching.  Oftentimes, players would talk about who they believed were the coach’s favorites, and …

Witness

Acts 1:7-8 “It is not for you to know the times or dates that the Father has set by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Today, there is racial …

Seconds

In the same way let your light shine before men so that they will see every good work and glorify our Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16 Last week, I watched the documentary Breaking2, which chronicled the lives of three elite marathon runners. The project was an experiment created by Nike to see if one of the runners could break the …

Where is the Church

What does the word “church” mean? To many, the word connotes a building that is a place of worship. As Christians living in today’s COVID epidemic, we can no longer gather on Sundays in our churches, yet the church hasn’t gone anywhere, it lives inside us in the Holy Spirit, and it has been and will always be about God …