Kickball and the gospel

Last week I had an opportunity to play kickball with the children’s ministry at the church that I lead. What a catastrophy! It was evident very quickly that our kids did not know how to play kickball. They did not understand the fundamentals of this simple game. They understood that you kick a ball, but beyond that they were clueless. They did not understand the principals of working together as a team. It was a mess, an exercise in futility, I was beyond overwhelmed, and realized that someone has to teach these kids how to play kickball! So I have enlisted some help, and this Wednesday night, hopefully, if the weather allows, we are going to be able to get a game.

Make Disciples

We continue this morning with the “Our Church” series. We started with “Love God,” then “Love People” and today we finish up the set with “Make Disciples.”

Love People

I am continuing with my thoughts on “Our Church, ” and today the subject is “Love People” Matthew’s gospel chapter 22, we will concentrate on verses 38-40. We will also spend some time in Luke’s gospel today. We will be in Luke 10 starting in verse 30.

Tomorrow

There’s always tomorrow for dreams to come true. This song truly highlights my childhood. I have heard this classic song all of my life. As a child, I would hear this melody year after year as I watched Rudolf, the red-nosed reindeer. I would hear and sing this beautiful song never actually considering what tomorrow might bring. Up to this point in my life, there has always been a tomorrow. I have always had a chance for a do-over. I have been able to take the mulligan no matter how awful yesterday might have been. I have learned that the mistakes or missteps often characterize the direction that our lives will take.

I love my community…

I love my city!

I truly do. Today (as many days) I was reminded of how fortunate I am to live in such a beautiful place. I work in the Fairfax area of Jacksonville Florida, and most days I look forward to walking to one of the many local eateries near my office.

Unity and Revitalization

Church Planting is probably one of the hardest jobs that I have tackled in my 25 years of ministry. I must be a real glutton for suffering because shortly after I planted the church that I currently lead, we merged with a dying legacy church in the heart of the demographic that God called us to serve. So the vibrant church plant turned into an ongoing revitalization project that is now approaching its fifth birthday.

The importance of rest

Today is a special day…

I am resting…I am sitting in my favorite slightly worn out recliner listening to a news channel drone on and on as I drink great vessel of 8 o’clock coffee from my favorite cup, with no particular plans in mind for this beautiful North Florida spring day.

The problem with distraction…

Distraction is the de-railer of forward progress.

So many times in ministry I have experienced forward progress being stymied by meaningless distractions. I personally believe that the devil is the engineer on the “City of distraction” train and he is looking for subtle ways to take the leader and the organization off task by cropping up with little ankle biting distractions.

Mission Opportunties

Greetings from our friendly neighbors up north, and no,  I am not talking about south Georgia. I am talking about Canada. I recently returned from Toronto Canada, the fourth largest city in North America.  It is a beautiful city with a great need for the life-changing gospel.