Mental Fitness

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One of the most significant challenges facing people today is mental and emotional health issues. According to the NIMH (National Institute for Mental Health), one in five Americans is affected by a mental health issue. More than 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety, and over 19 million adults and 2 million young people under the age of 17, are diagnosed with depression. This is alarming, and while I very much … Read More

Are You Offended?

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One of my favorite moments in the classic movie, “Forest Gump,” happens when Forest shares that one day, for no particular reason, he decided to go for a run. Over the past few months, as I have scrolled through social media and contemplated the current climate and condition of our society, I find myself wondering if many of us are saying a similar statement to Forests’: “One day, for no … Read More

Ask A Better Question

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Over the course of my life and time in ministry, I have found that life always happens. No one has escaped the fall of man or the forces set in motion by it. Sin and deaths entrance into our world guaranteed that we will all encounter suffering and for us believers, I have found this is a jagged pill to swallow. In our zeal and immaturity, we can sometimes assume … Read More

The Power of Acceptance

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This past year, I walked through the most difficult season of my life. It sucked in every way. I remember on one occasion talking to my counselor (I think every Pastor should have one) about my disdain for how things had gone and were going, when he fired back a phrase that shook me in the moment and has stuck with me since. The phrase was “radical acceptance.” The power … Read More

4 Pitfalls of People Pleasing (And How to Live Free)

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Do you care if people like you? If I am being honest, I do. I think it would be nice to be completely free from the opinions, judgements and assessments of others, but I am not. Are you? For all of us, rejection can be one of our greatest fears, and many times harbors our most painful experiences. Because of this, acceptance is something we all long for. Let’s face … Read More

4 Lessons I’ve Learned in Life and Leadership

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A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to write a leadership curriculum for leaders in our church. That process led me down memory lane of the life and leadership lessons I have learned over the last 20 years of ministry. It’s hard to believe that I have actually been involved in ministry for that long, but I must say, through it all, I have managed to learn a … Read More

What 2020 Taught Me

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I think most everyone can agree that 2020 was a year, unlike anything we have seen. Many have stories of difficulty, frustration, loss or pain. I can say without reservation that the most painful and difficult season of my life fell within the months of 2020. It was a year that marked me, humbled me, scared me, and stretched me. Something that we need to do, that we sometimes fail … Read More