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A Christmas Letter

I always get ramped up thinking about you this time of year. Although I am a grown man, there is something about Christmas that takes me back to my childhood days of innocent, raw belief and unbridled anticipation. In those younger years, when the only calendar I understood was how many days I was away from the next Christmas, I didn’t possess the pressures, stress or obligations that I now constantly juggle. Yet, I also didn’t have the privilege of watching the joyful tears, chuckles... [...] Read More

Failure

Her look, a combination of Palomino colored hair and glitzy aquamarine eyes made her stand out from others like a lighthouse. I didn’t know her well but when I was around her she seemed to have an inner spirit that was as gentle as a whisper. I was drawn to her laid-back Sunday afternoon personality. Not only was she extremely pretty and sweet, but she was also totally out of my league. She was voted Class Favorite, Most Beautiful and varsity cheerleader and to stack the odds further, she was... [...] Read More

Tragedy in Boston

In much of life there is no question more impossible to answer than “WHY?” The how, what and when will eventually be revealed but the “why” of Boston, New York, Aurora and Sandy Hook may never truly be discovered. Unanswered questions are usually the most haunting. I can rack my brain with possible reasons for the suffering but I’ve given up such thoughts, because I know they exceed any logical reasoning. I would rather spend my energy whispering prayers for those affected. It is not... [...] Read More

2013 Windows of Opportunity

On Jan. 1, the kids, Missy and I held our traditional New Year’s family devotion. This is not some sappy time of making resolutions we won’t keep, but a time to reflect on the previous year’s successes, failures, joys and heartaches. Each person, from my nine year old and up, shares some of their happiest and most exciting experiences as well as the difficult ones they would prefer to forget or not retrace. I prefer it this way, because I know both mountaintops and valleys teach separate... [...] Read More

The Power of Prayer

I believe in the power of prayer because I have seen God move in a mighty way because of the prayers of his people. I’ve seen men who have rejected Christ’s salvation for decades make a personal decision to follow him. I’ve seen marriages, which were on the brink of failure, be healed. I’ve seen teenagers who only nights ago tried to end their lives find a renewed hope for living through Christ. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 God promises, “If my people, who are called by my name, will... [...] Read More

True Beauty

Television today includes numerous reality shows revolving around wedding nuptials, which stress importance in physical appearance and grandiose events -  everything from TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress" to the Royal Wedding to ABC's "The Bachelor," which encourages couples to visit the altar after only a few short weeks of "dating." These shows are sending a misconstrued message to our culture, emphasizing the significance of a fairytale day rather than focusing on the vital necessity to build a... [...] Read More

Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

I've learned that sometimes my plans aren't always God's plans. Through many years of ministry, He has shown me that He works in mysterious ways, and often He wants me to step out of my comfort zone in order to do His will. Last Sunday was one of those times. I traveled to Oklahoma to preach at First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow. As with anytime before I preach, I was praying for God to reveal the message He would have me to give. At 1 a.m., I felt God calling me to preach a topic I... [...] Read More

Nothing New Under the Sun

"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 1:9 Last December, the Parents Television Council released a survey about teen girls being exploited on TV. The study found that "when underage female characters appear on screen: more sexual content is depicted; the teen girls show next to no negative response to being sexualized; more sexual incidents occur outside of any form of a committed relationship; and there... [...] Read More

Creativity + Biblical Truth

In my years of parenting, I have learned that it is essential to teach children spiritual Truths at home. Sure, they will learn things from Sunday School, VBS or even Christian schooling, but it is our responsibility as parents not to let the spiritual development of our children lie in the hands of others. Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." I have tried to practice this with my own children. I believe it's important not... [...] Read More

Questioning God

Sometimes life is hard. Matter of fact, sometimes life just stinks.   The question, "why do bad things happen to good people?" is one that individuals have been asking for centuries. Often, we have no idea why certain things happen and that's what makes it so hard.     Why did we lose that job? Why did our dad get cancer? Why did our child die? These are all questions that, as an evangelist, I want to be able to answer, but unfortunately, sometimes only God knows why.   A lot of... [...] Read More