Always Changing

I don’t know about you but some changes set my nerves on fire. Rattling my cage, so to speak. I’ve never been the laid back type that can roll with the punches. While there are times when change is good I have to admit that most of the time I like the status quo. Knowing…

Stewardship

Jesus was the best teacher that ever walked the face of the earth, but of all the stories this master storyteller told the parable of the talents stands out to me the most. For those of you that know the story everyone yearns to be five-bag guy. For some background information read Matthew 25:14-30. Being in…

Of Wealth and Insulation

  The king has his castle. The peasant his hovel. And so, it is the way of the world and of us all. I have talked about my trips to Haiti with lots of people. Usually to the point of their boredom. And for that, my sincerest apologies. I had gleaned more from my first…

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Recently, I found myself contemplating my teaching career—which spanned nearly three decades, thousands of children, and experiences rife with range and richness. Before I became a teacher, I was a reluctant draftee in the United States Army and, in what I’ve since realized was one of many divine appointments in my life—I became a Chaplain’s…

Who’s strong enough?

I found myself at the end of a long, very stressful day, and because I like to color I sat down and began to color in one of my daughter’s coloring books. Simply trying to wash the day away along with the white on the pages. Halfway through my scribbles, the crayon broke in half. The…

Nothing Is Too Big For God

Here’s a question for you, “Did Noah know what an ark was when God asked him to build one in order to save his family and the animals?” For years I never gave much thought to the fact that Noah was asked to construct an extremely large ship, which ended up being a little longer…

What’s a body to do?

Have you ever wondered why you were here on earth? I have. One church that I attended in my youth taught the children out of the Westminster Catechism. A fine document to be sure, but its answer to that question was “The chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” I was…

Remain in Me

John 15: 1-4 (NIV) 1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunesa so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me,…

The Power of Same

Janie and I began attending church in earnest about 21 years ago. Our hunt for THE church began when we moved to San Antonio from California and had reached a point where we visited one or two churches a week—sometimes together—often not—looking for the perfect church. Meanwhile, after playing music professionally for 26 years, I…

Fear Not…

My God has never failed me.  Not even once.  There has never been a situation in my life where I looked around and said, “Wow, God really missed the mark on this one.” As I write this blog, I hold my breath. It’s so… vulnerable and exposing. In that lies the freedom of His promise….

Blessings for 2016

As we embark on this new year of 2016, I’m sure most of us are already busy planning ahead, trying to stay on top of our new year’s resolutions, or maybe anticipating something big such as a wedding, or a new baby. Each year we’re filled with hopes, dreams and aspirations of a new and…

We are Called to Serve

I moved out of my the home I shared with my children and their father on May 13, 2002. Victoria and I set out on our own, leaving their dad and my son Anthony behind. This was the hardest decision I have made in my life. My oldest daughter Vanessa, was living on her own….