In several of my conversations within the last couple of weeks, I recognized a common theme: people are going through hardships – real and difficult circumstances. While the scope of the trials varies individually, this season appears to have brought with it a heaviness that makes it difficult for peopleContinue Reading

“If only I could get that job….”  “Ugh. When am I ever going to have enough free time to do what I want to do?”   “When I meet ‘the one,’ then I’ll feel loved and appreciated.”  What do these statements above all have in common?  They are expressions of discontentment. Continue Reading

PART 1 OF 3 – THROUGH THE VALLEY SERIES Have you ever had a ‘mountaintop experience?’ This is usually associated with an astounding victory or accomplishment you experienced. Typically, this terminology is used in Christian circles referencing a retreat or camp in the mountains where the Lord meets you inContinue Reading

Our God is a creative God, isn’t He? Simply step out in nature and see the incredible works He has done!  As a participant in family camp this week – the denominations gathering of churches within California – I get time to relax and to see the handiwork of ourContinue Reading

Tis the season to be graduating! Last weekend, I had the privilege to attend a UCLA graduation from one of the colligates at my church. The excitement was in the air – families from around the world gathered together to celebrate this notable milestone for their loved ones. Those inContinue Reading

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15-16 Opportunity – ‘a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.’ How do I make the most of every opportunity? For one, youContinue Reading

As I was sitting before the Lord getting ready to write the next blog, an image of a man, who just came from battle, came to my mind. He was from the days of metal plated armor and he had just taken his armor off. He was sitting on aContinue Reading

When you think of a person who is strong, what automatically comes to mind? For many, they might think of strength in terms of emotional tolerance. When difficulties arrive, that person seems not to be shaken by life’s circumstances. Still, others think of strength in terms of physical prowess. AContinue Reading

Do you have a word that you try not to use? For myself, it is the word ‘hate’. Since the word has a strong connotation with negativity and potential divisiveness, I try not to use it in my everyday language. I would instead substitute it for ‘dislike’ or ‘loathe’ (I’dContinue Reading

Fruit of the Spirit Series When most people think of joy, they might think of jolly St. Nick belly laughing with all his might as he exclaims, ‘Ho, Ho, Ho!’ While this image may even bring you a sense of joy reflecting on your childhood, there’s more to this 3-letter wordContinue Reading