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What’s the worst that can happen with rejection?

Yesterday's devotion was about a young "Make a wish" family and how I had to work through my courage to tell them that I had been praying for them. I always love it when you write me with insights, questions, and feedback to the devotions. Really!!! So please don't...

The “gut” said “yes,” the brain said “no.”

The worship production team and I are attending a conference in Orlando to learn how to better utilize the technology we have available and to also see where the "future" of church media is headed. Brad, Josh, and I took a little time on Monday to have a bit of fun...

Daring: Flashy Verses Consistency

Several years ago I had the privilege of leading a Celebration of Life service for someone that I knew only for a brief amount of time. In planning for the service the family shared with me that they wanted a time of "open sharing." They wanted to open up the service...

What We See vs How We See

During a message on sacrificing personal desires in order to make a difference in someone else's life a friend of mine used a personal illustration. He shared about a time when he'd had a REALLY bad day. Multiple people were angry with him. His son was in a fight at...

Daring to Claim the Power of Intimacy

Can you remember a time in a relationship with someone that after that conversation you knew you'd grown to new depths? You'd encountered intimacy of a friendship/relationship and that intimacy was life-giving? To have authentic, meaningful relationships we have to...

Is it ok to wear pajamas to “church?”

(Permission has been granted to use the following story). A friend of mine shared on her Facebook page a self-described rant about how her daughter was treated following a church worship service. Her "apparel" was judged to be inappropriate and so someone took it upon...

Meditation: Daring Ourselves

When is the last time you took a dare? A dare is when we have the courage to do something . . . something typically outside our comfort zones. Doing new things - well, that's scary. For anyone, typically. That's why organizations like churches which are made up of a...

Intimate Relationships are AMAZING things!

Learning to see from the eyes of the ones whom we love. Ask: "How would they feel if I said/did this?" It puts things in a completely different perspective. It pushes us to forgo seeing only our personal "way" of seeing. It pushes us into humility. Learning to...

Friends Devotion #3

Fickle comes from an Old English word ficol, which means deceitful. In each of our lives we have the opportunity to have friends that are constants or fickle. What are some constants that exist in your life? A "constant" is something that is regularly recurring . . ....

Friends Devotion #2

When my son went to college he was determined to make new friends. Having been taught that you have to “be a friend to have one,” he was determined that within the first week he was going to have made new long-term friends. Probably two weeks into moving into his dorm...