A Better Husband

I’m in a series of blogs entitled “Better!” I’m touching base on a few things we can be better at this coming year. None of us are perfect, but we all can make improvements. Setting perfection as our goal can be defeating but being a bit better is doable for all of us. Today I’m…

A Better Walk with God

I’m in a series of blogs entitled “Better!” In the last blog, I shared how I believe that better is, well, better. So often in our enthusiasm for the new year, we over-commit and over-extend ourselves, setting impossible goals and sabotaging ourselves along the way. Let’s make it our goal to do and be just…

Why Better is, well, Better

It’s January and that means it’s resolution time. I read that this habit dates back as far as the Roman World which means we have a long history of January goal-setting. The top New Year Resolutions, according to a recent poll are: (say it with me) 1. Lose weight. 2. Get fit(ter). 3. Eat healthier….

A Clearer Look at 2018

Ask just about anyone and they’ll tell you they’re convinced that they see the world clearly—it’s those other guys that have it wrong. But the truth is that seeing clearly is almost impossible. We all are biased by our own perspective. It amazes me how two people can go through similar experiences and have completely…

Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas! May you experience the gift of grace, the blessing of hope, and the peace of His love today and always.

The Love of Christmas

What the world needs now is love, sweet, love! That’s very true! The Bible says that every law can be summed up on one simple command – Love! (see Galatians 5:14). Even secular psychologists acknowledge our desperate need for love. William Glasser concluded that “From birth to old age, we need to love and be…

The Joy of Christmas

They say the three phrases that best sum up the Christmas season are “Peace on Earth”, “Goodwill to men” and “Charge it!” This year our holiday spending as Americans is expected to exceed 1 trillion dollars! The sad thing is, some people are still paying off the debt from last Christmas. Too many have fallen…

The Peace of Christmas

“Peace on Earth” is a phrase that seems to pop up everywhere at Christmas. Sadly, our world is far from being at peace.  Even personally, many of us struggle to find true peace with the challenges and disappointment we face. Last week I blogged about the first candle of Advent which represents hope. Peace is…

The Hope of Christmas

Merry Christmas! It’s not too early to say that, is it? This coming Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. Truthfully, the liturgy of Advent has never been a big deal for me. I think I have missed out. Advent can help us get beyond all the peripheries of the Christmas Season and focus on…

Real Thanks

One of my favorite Thanksgiving songs is “Give Thanks!’ In that chorus, there is a phrase that says, “…and now let the poor say I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us.” Every time I sing that, it gets to me. Why? I remember being in worship with a group of…

Living with Resilient Passion

We are in the midst of our Annual Conference meetings. One of the highlights was Monday night’s session with Chaplain Milo Curtis. Milo is one of our pastors on special assignment. He serves as an Active Duty Chaplain in the United States Navy.   What he shared was so refreshing! Let’s Talk We find how to live…

Anticipating Our Annual Conference in 3 Words

This coming week is our Annual Conference, November 13-15. About 150 pastors and leaders will gather at Valley View to share and learn together. The theme this year is “Beyond Ourselves.” We are praying that it will be a great 2 and a half days! LET’S TALK… So here are three words that summarize what…