We are all priests!

Everyone has special gifts, talents, abilities, and experiences. It would be a shame for you and I to go through life and not take the time to pour into others what we have received. I love the principle of equipping found in 2 Timothy 2:2. The Apostle Paul told his young protégé, Timothy, “The things … More We are all priests!

Old and New Treasures

In Matthew 21, Jesus reminded the Jewish leaders that God had ordained praise from children and infants (Matthew 21:14–16), and by extension this includes youth as well. The children and youth in our churches have been ordained by God to worship him—and to eventually become leaders in the Church. Older generations must come to grips … More Old and New Treasures

Generational Walls

Young people can tell whether an older person truly likes them or not. They know instinctively whether they are included as “part of the family” or rather someone who is an outsider or stranger.  Some church leaders who fear change have felt threatened by youth whom they suspect want to “take their position” in leadership. … More Generational Walls

Pray for your kids!

When my youngest daughter Sammy became a senior in High School, I asked her how I could pray for her during that entire year.  When she asked me to pray that she would improve her relationship with God, I suddenly realized I needed to be more intentional in my spiritual leadership in her life.  As … More Pray for your kids!

Last phone call!

You never know when your last communication will be with anyone, including your children.  Children can die from many causes, but it is always shocking when it happens.  I remember the shock and heartache I felt for Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman and his family when I heard about their little five year old girl … More Last phone call!

Pride and Joy

The Bible is full of joy and celebration. The Old Testament contains lots and lots of parties—just think of all the feasts the Lord wanted Israel to enjoy. If you have ever been to a Jewish celebration, you’ve experienced celebratory singing, dancing, and shouting. The New Testament shows Jesus performing his first miracle at a … More Pride and Joy

A Tribute to My Mom

My mom, at eighty-one years old, went home to be with Jesus on October 24, 2017.   I had the privilege of sharing about her life at her funeral.  What follows is a condensed form of the testimony I gave to honor her.  Here are seven phrases that describe her: Diligent Worker As a young girl … More A Tribute to My Mom