Don’t Push a Rope

One of the major lessons I’ve learned in the last four or five years is this: Don’t push a rope.

Want to know what I mean? I invite you to sit and join me this week as I present a simple illustration that will challenge and encourage you in your life and ministry (click below).

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2019 Mentor Moments

We are living in a time when it’s particularly hard to get a perspective on leading God’s people in a way Jesus would recognize. Thus, the importance of mentorship simply cannot be ignored. Jesus Himself did this throughout His ministry with His disciples.

As we enter a new year, I’d like to take a few moments to share a resource I’ve been working on called Mentor Moments. These 3-5-minute video segments will cover a variety of important topics such as servant leadership, biblical mentoring and leaving spiritual legacies.

I invite you to sit and join me this week as I talk about Jesus’ 3 Strategic Priorities for Impact. (click image for video)

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Stones of Remembrance


As we stand at the brink of a brand-new year, I once again stand in amazement at all He has done this past year – hearing stories of hope, deliverance and growth; sharing rich fellowship, corporate prayer and worship with brothers and sisters around the world; and witnessing countless examples of Christ’s faithfulness despite our own human brokenness.

Reflecting on these brought to mind the Lord’s commandment to Joshua (Joshua 4) to set up twelve stones of remembrance to remind the Israelites (and their future generations) of God’s faithfulness, deliverance, sustenance and provision.

1 Samuel 12:7 also describes Samuel setting up an Ebenezer stone as a powerful reminder that the Lord came to the Israelite’s rescue in battle and ultimately enabled them to conquer the Philistines.

My question to you as we close out 2018: What “stones of remembrance” come to mind when you reflect on the year? Whether the year was a particularly challenging one or a season of abundance and rejoicing, how has God shown Himself strong, reliable and trustworthy in your life?

I’ll leave you with some lyrics from the hymn, “Come Thou Fount”:

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Here by Thy great help I’ve come!

Happy New Year!


All is Well


For the past several weeks, believers around the world have been celebrating Advent – a season of waiting, praying, and hoping for the coming of the Messiah. It’s a time to reflect on Jesus’ first coming as a babe in a manger, combined with and an eager anticipation of his second coming. It marks where we currently stand in history and acknowledges our longing for things that are not yet.

In the words of J. Haynes, “Observing Advent provides us an opportunity to slow down and participate in a daily rhythm of prayer and scripture reading which prepares and points our hearts toward the Christ who is our greatest treasure, our greatest joy, and our greatest good.”

As we approach Christmas this year, take a moment to pause and ponder Christ, our greatest treasure, our greatest joy, our greatest good. And in that space of stillness, rejoice!

I encourage you to listen to the lyrics of this song, “All is Well.”

All is well all is well
Angels and men rejoice
For tonight darkness fell
Into the dawn of love’s light

In the midst of busyness and all that goes on in the world, all truly is well.
Emmanuel, God with us.