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This morning I had the opportunity to preach at my own church, and the passage of scripture was on Nehemiah 8.  Although I’ve often times found sermon prep and delivery to be challenging, I found that this morning was more convicting on me personally than most I’ve preached.
The idea today was rediscovering the Word. That in Nehemiah 8, the people stand and hear the Law of Moses and stay there for 6 hours, weeping and rejoicing. They have been so far displaced, that they forgot the importance of the Word.
I find myself there right now.
As a youth pastor, as a seminary student. I’ve found it easy to write off my personal time reading the Bible because I do it so much for school and work.
What area in your spiritual life do you find most difficult?
Prayer?
Giving?
Serving?
Reading?
Fellowship?
Worship?
Evangelism?

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What’s within…

Posted: January 27, 2012 in Life, Youth Ministry

What if the information you contain, the wisdom you hold, the experiences you’ve had could truly help others? 
I’m struggling with this today and I have been for a while as I’ve dreamt of writing a book. I feel that I have a story to tell
, but in doing so I know that I would be putting myself out there, completely vulnerable to critics…but what if what’s within could make a difference for someone else? 

What are you afraid of?

Posted: January 24, 2012 in just for fun, Life

let’s hear it…What are you afraid of in life?

Who Looks Up To You?…

Posted: January 5, 2012 in Life

It’s a simple question, but one worth answering.  Who looks up to you?  Image

Now, maybe a not so easy question, what is one thing you would hate for that person to find out about you?

New Years!!!

Posted: January 3, 2012 in Life

Okay, it’s been a while but I’m back, and as I’ve created my New Years resolutions, one of them is simply being able to stay on top of this blog, and writing in general…

so to get it rollin, here’s the list of my resolutions:

  • Write More, both here and hopefully working towards a book
  • Read 20 books this year (outside of the books I read for my Seminary courses)
  • Run 3 races (5k, 10k, and a half-marathon) (I’ve never run a race, let alone 3)
  • Create an Adventure Journal with my boys, recording all the fun activities we will do this year)
  • Take my wife on a 2nd Honeymoon
  • get below 240lbs and stay there (that would be 70lbs lost since my heaviest in December of 2009)

There’s my list, what’s yours?

it’s a simple question, but take a minute and think about it…

Who needs you to:

encourage them?

strengthen them?

show love to them?

remind them of their importance?

witness to them?

supply a need for them?

lend an ear to them?

provide direction for them?

I’m back…I think…

Posted: July 18, 2011 in Life

It’s been a while since I posted anything on here, and trust me it’s not because I’ve not had anything to say, it’s more so that for now I have been verbally constipated.

Over the last few months since my last post, life has continued to flow by, nothing too rocky, but not extremely smooth either…life simply is.

I’ve examined many things over the last few months as well, how I do ministry, how I lead my family, how I love my wife, and what the future holds.

As I’ve developed some thoughts, and as I’ve started to lay out what I feel God is creating in me, I’ve begun to feel that the words are starting to form and thus, here we go…

Another New Year?

Posted: January 3, 2011 in Family, Life, Youth Ministry

What could possibly be different this year than last? Or even the one before that?  Every year we all, whether we admit or not set these goals, resolutions, whatever you want to call them, and each year we/I give up a month or so in.  Whether it’s a decision to lose weight, to save more money, to spend more time with family, whatever it is, there are decisions made, and usually never kept.

So what’s going to be different this year?

I’ve made a couple of new resolutions for this year.  Although I often fail at these, I’m still deciding to lose weight, to read more, to write more, to spend more time with the family, to learn more, to love more, to give more, to try and succeed more at life.  These are tangible, but not without a plan.

Here’s a few plans that I’ve implemented.

I’m going to read more.  I’ve decided that this will be the year that I read more scripture and put more scripture to memory.  To do this, I’ve started a reading plan through YouVersion called Top Verses to Memorize.  Along with this I’m writing out the verses so that I can have them with me throughout the day.  There are 443 days to this reading plan, so hopefully I will reach some days where I already have that verse memorized and I can move ahead.

I’m planning to lose weight…again.  I’ve done this one for about the last 10 years.  Each year I start off great, and then slowly slide away.  I started this process a few months back.  So far I’m down 35lbs.  My goal is another 40.  I got a membership to PlanetFitness last May and so far have seen great results.  The area where I struggle is with what I eat.  Any tips on this would be wonderful.

And finally, I’m planning to spend more time with my family.  The last year we welcomed another son, and honestly we have done great on keeping things in tact being a family of four.  I believe we have made time for each other more so than before, and although I feel that this is an area where we are doing well, I want to do better yet.  To do so, I’m figuring out my schedule at work now before things get busy.  In the next month I will be preaching every Sunday which is above and beyond my normal responsibilities, and then I will be heading up to the cities to spend two more weeks working on my MDiv studies. With these two huge time commitments, I’ve already figured out how to plan accordingly to make sure my family doesn’t suffer.

What are your goals for 2011?  What are you doing to reach them?