The Lord loves to speak to us, His people!  I was listening to a brother in the faith express his heart and frustration over his circumstances. As we transitioned to prayer, I was given an image from the Holy Spirit to provide guidance and reassurance for him. Yet this messageContinue Reading

Have grace. When you have no motivation to move and slowly drift through the day. Have grace. When life seems hectic and you are not sure where to turn. Have grace. When your plans did not turn out the way you envisioned. Have grace. When you blew it for theContinue Reading

Do not despise the day of small beginnings.  Why?  Small beginnings start the glorious work God has prepared for you.  There is no doubt in my mind that God has put grand and significant dreams in your heart. These God-given desires are placed within you for a reason – toContinue Reading

I am a visual person. Often in prayer, I will get images that are impressed upon me by the Holy Spirit. As I silence my heart and wait upon the Lord for revelation, I have no expectation for what the Lord will do; I ask Him to speak. These ‘prayer’Continue Reading

Thought LIfe

Having The Mind of Christ  Here’s a thought: Your thoughts determine the trajectory of your life.  Really? Is that so?  Think about it: Every action taken was first determined by a thought to initiate that response. Even subconscious actions had to be conditioned from a responsive thought at one point.Continue Reading

paul and timothy

I found out I have a hidden talent… I can make little kids laugh. I’ve seen this develop over the last few weeks with our little one, who has been in our recent care. To me, it seems natural – I make a funny face, strange hand gestures, weird sounds, andContinue Reading

woman is overloaded and burden by the tasks, priorities, and stresses of life

Adjustments are never easy. When Valerie and I first got married – I now had a new role as a husband. Hmm… What does this look like? What am I supposed to do? On top of taking a new position at a church in the city of Angels where we’veContinue Reading

It was a beautiful day outside. Although it was mid-January, the sun was shining bright and the weather perfect enough to head to the beach. Valerie and I take out our bikes – and our trusty sidekick, Carmel, the dog – as we begin biking towards the shore.  As soonContinue Reading

Sun rising over the clouds

Future goals… projected deadlines… plans. There’s much to say about being prepared for what is to come and to make plans accordingly. Whether it is for personal aspirations, life goals with your spouse, or a business quota for the year, plans are important and in many instances, necessary.  What doContinue Reading

1 Samuel 30:6

One of my favorite ways of receiving encouragement is through verbal affirmation. I don’t mean the ‘good job, Pastor’ after I preach a sermon. They are those meaningful, heartfelt words that reveal how much you mean to them. It has happened a few times: for birthdays, during Pastor appreciation month,Continue Reading