Creation · Prayer · Psalms · Worry

Instead of Pray, Stare at the Stars

Over the last couple of decades there has been a push to replace God with His creation. You will hear people say things like, “The woods are my church.” By that, they mean that you can worship God just as well, if not better, in the woods. Think about it – there are no distractions;… Continue reading Instead of Pray, Stare at the Stars

Confession · Disciple · Discipleship · Encouragement · Prayer · Reconcile · Spiritual Growth

5 Ways to Help Your Church Grow Spiritually

There are times that people struggle with their church in how it is doing spiritually. This is not unusual, and at times is even healthy. I’m not addressing this in response to anyone lately – please understand that. That being said I’ve heard this from various people  in the past about their churches, so I… Continue reading 5 Ways to Help Your Church Grow Spiritually

Bike · God's Glory · Hike · Prayer · Prayer Guide · Walk

Walk, Hike, Pray: A Prayer Walk Guide

The Spring of 2019 was huge for our community. We had an already amazing rail trail reopen with a new resurfaced path. As I write this, I am working remotely while hiking on the trail. The O&W and D&H Rail Trails run blocks from Main Street, and I can access both trails from the church… Continue reading Walk, Hike, Pray: A Prayer Walk Guide

God's Will · Husband · Marriage · Prayer · Wife

3 Times God Doesn’t Answer Prayer

Many people see God as a magic genie when it comes to prayer. Rub the lamp, make your wish (pray) and the genie will provide what you have asked for. Prayer does not work like this. As a result, what happens then is people deduce that either prayer does not work, or that God does… Continue reading 3 Times God Doesn’t Answer Prayer

Guest Blogger · Marriage · Prayer · Spouse

Praying with Your Spouse by Fred Jacoby

Every once in awhile I take a week to point you to other voices who speak truth. One of the ways I do this is by featuring a guest blogger. I’ve known Fred Jacoby for several years. He has been a great friend and mentor, and I have enjoyed his ministry – Foundations Christian Counseling… Continue reading Praying with Your Spouse by Fred Jacoby

Church Life · Ministry · Pastoring · Prayer

Five Things to Pray for Your Pastor On Sunday Morning

From what people tell me at the church I pastor, I have a lot of people praying for me. Prayer is a funny thing in that, often we don’t know what to pray for someone else, and it can turn into vain repetition. I thought it would be helpful to share with people how they… Continue reading Five Things to Pray for Your Pastor On Sunday Morning

Lament · Prayer · Worry

How to Cry Out to God

Sometimes life is rough. In fact, sometimes life is more than rough, it’s bleak. Life can feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel.  We could talk for hours on how to work ourselves out of such a place. One thing we can do when we are feeling this way is… Continue reading How to Cry Out to God

Children · Family · Prayer

Perfect Families and Unanswered Prayer

There is a misconception about people who attend church. For some reason there can be a belief that people in the church have it all together in life. It can come from outside the church, or it can come from inside the church. You might think, “I’m the only one in this church that has… Continue reading Perfect Families and Unanswered Prayer