October 29, 2019 – Building a Legacy

October 29, 2019 – Building a Legacy

As a model for my approach to these athletes, I looked to Abraham, the Old Testament patriarch. His greatness was found in his hospitality to strangers (Genesis 18:1–8), his obedience to God (Genesis 26:5), and the blessing of the Lord upon his family and his life (Genesis 24:1). In three separate places found in God’s Word, we see Abraham called a “friend of God”. How encouraging! I want to be known as a friend of God.

October 22, 2019 – Making Disciples

October 22, 2019 – Making Disciples

How did Jesus make disciples? He used a small group approach. He took twelve very common guys and poured His life into theirs. Christ taught by example and with short stories. He connected with His followers in both attitude and action. They had real fellowship with the Master.

October 15, 2019 – Offer Living Water

October 15, 2019 – Offer Living Water

Our culture wants to discourage believers by dispelling the claims of the Bible. Many of the social icons within this nation are a host of blasphemers and hypocrites. Our societal norms have been adjusted to accept all kinds of behavior that only two decades ago would have been ludicrous. Even a few of those running for political offices around the country deny that our moral compass is off. It would seem that getting the vote is more important than taking a stand. Some suggest that charisma is more important than character.

August 7, 2018 – A Time of Reflection

August 7, 2018 – A Time of Reflection

I was reminded of God’s faithfulness to another group almost 3,500 years ago. Under the leadership of Moses, God had directed the Israelites to endure many hardships during their 40 years in the desert. He regularly allowed opportunities for His chosen to prove their obedience and faith through the testing of their courage and commitment.

September 19, 2017 – Let’s Pray for Unity

September 19, 2017 – Let’s Pray for Unity

If ever there was a time when unity is needed in our faith, country, sports arenas, and families it is now! So many people I meet are discouraged and depressed about life in part because of the lack of unity. Democrats hate Republicans, Republicans detest the media, conservatives are in dispute with the liberals…

August 8, 2017 – Be a Barnabas

August 8, 2017 – Be a Barnabas

I find too many believers are struggling with personal issues taking away the joy of their salvation. And then there are the many believers who have conflicts with others in the church. We may have forgotten what the Apostle Paul said to the Ephesians: “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you”.

Fishing in the Fog

Fishing in the Fog

It was a cold December morning in the San Francisco Bay area. As my fishing buddy, Rick, and I arrived at the marina, I commented that it was going to be a challenge to see many birds diving for baitfish with the heavy fog conditions. After launching, I reassured him...
Fortitude

Fortitude

When I think of people who have fortitude, my attention immediately goes to men who show unexpected courage, moxie, staying power, and guts. One of my favorite stories that speaks of a humble man who had enormous fortitude was the reformer Martin Luther. In April...