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How Should the Church Respond to the Ever Changing Standard?

When truth, which is the foundation of the meaning of life, has been attacked and redefined to mean anything different than its intended meaning, we get a world in which we currently live. What is right and good is not always determined by the majority vote, nor is it...

1 Reason Why You Should NOT Chase Your Passion.

“We don’t use the word ‘passion’ here.” My wife, Melissa, and I recently had the privilege of attending LEAD at Dallas Theological Seminary. LEAD stands for Leadership Evaluation and Development. In a nutshell, we spent 5 days in intensive sessions with different coaches who helped us greatly in the...

Happy New Day!

Brand new year. New resolutions. New set of goals. New plans to reach them. New failures. New mistakes. New excuses. New reasons to give up. Or… Brand new day. New opportunities to get back up. To keep going. You have permission to restart. Regroup. Recharge. Each day. You are not defined by...

These People Help Me Thrive!

I LOVE this place! We’re all family here. Very diverse, but family. And I love that we are diverse. We all come from different walks of life. Different people on a journey toward a common goal. And the cool thing is that we all help each other on our...

ThriveNotJustSurvive: Beyond Pluto

At its farthest point in orbit Pluto lies 4.67 billion miles from the earth. That’s a little ways away. NASA’s space probe, New Horizons, was launched on January 19, 2006, and it is expected to arrive in the Pluto-Charon system on July 14, 2015. So it will take 9...

Thrive. Not Just Survive. #7

We all wish our lives to be a bed of roses. Right? Free from ills. Free from fear. Free from pain. But life isn’t like that. Our prayers are, though, aren’t they. They reflect our worst fears–“God keep me and my family from all harm.” We pray for no...

Thrive. Not Just Survive. #6

I remember taking that first step off the cliff. Then leaning back while my feet were planted on the rock, I was perpendicular to the side of the cliff. I was in 9th grade, and my youth pastor, Dan Cooley, took us to Turkey Peak in west Texas to...

Thrive. Not Just Survive. #5

I don’t think we were meant to thrive alone. Not sure we can thrive alone. The New Testament is full of “one another” passages that ring so loudly of life meant to live together. On August 23, 2010, our lives seeming fell apart when we first received the phone...

Thrive. Not Just Survive. #4

We easily lie to ourselves. And it’s human nature to do so. When something bad happens, we begin to think the worst. “This is really bad. I’ll never get over it.” “What if he never recovers?” “What if she dies?” “My children will suffer forever because of this.” Sometimes...

Thrive. Not Just Survive. #3

I was a wreck. Anxiety and depression had overtaken me for several years. It was like a heavy darkness that had settled on my fears. And I couldn’t function–couldn’t move. Then cancer struck our family. Not many, but a few have told me that God chooses some to endure...