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HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  A Connecticut Huskies player cuts down the net after defeating the Butler Bulldogs to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament by a score of 53-41 at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


I am a sports nut. In our house when it comes to any kind of game with a ball we just about play them all. I love watching Kentucky basketball. I am a huge Atlanta Braves fan. I long for the day when the Tennessee Titans are relevant in the playoff picture again (pray for … Continue reading “WINNING IN LIFE”



When you think about ministry most think about sharing the Word of God with someone else or teaching others to obey Christ. We think about grabbing a bible and diving in. While this is the first and most important part, there is so much more to leading ministry in a church. As a Pastor or … Continue reading “MINISTRY NON-NEGOTIABLES”

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In a growing church or organization one thing is certainly inevitable: change. Resources change. Processes change. Methods change. People change. Let’s put it this way, if things aren’t changing then you’re dying. Paul said the very same thing in Romans 12:2 where he says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the … Continue reading “TAKING CHANGE FOR GRANTED”



Christmas is such a busy time of the year. With all the hustle and bustle of the season it seems like few take the time to really connect in relationships. Add to that social media and the distractions that come with the web based lives we live and true community seems out of reach. Here’s … Continue reading “CHRISTMAS UNPLUGGED”

black and white of sad woman hug her knee and cry. Sad woman sitting alone in a empty room beside window or door


This week the CDC published its report on mortality rates and causes of death in America for 2017 and the results are alarming.1 Suicide deaths have increased 33 percent since 1999, with the greatest increase coming amongst our youth. Just over the past few months in my wife’s hometown multiple teenagers have committed suicide sending … Continue reading “COMBATING SUICIDE”