Are you just a seed?

September 23, 2020
Matthew 7:24 discusses building your house on a solid foundation. This goes the same for how you plant your seeds, grass, trees or bushes. Without a proper foundation, you will fall.
I see Christians as a seed. The church is your good dirt. Showing God's love is the rain. Discipleship is the sun and the most important.

Our job as Christians is to not just be a seed, but to go to church, show God's love and disciple others.

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We need guidance.  We need mentors.  We need to mentor others.  Sometimes we need to be willing to make adjustments to become great.  Disciples making disciples who make disciples.  That is the model that the Lord has left us with.  We need to trust in the Lord, and His appointed teachers to lead us towards the light of God, and away from the darkness of the world." -Adam Wainwright

Years 1 of a Church Plant

September 16, 2020
One year ago I started attending Hope Point KC on its first weekend in operation. To say it's been quite a year would have been an understatement. There has been good and bad and challenges and difficulties and all kinds of stuff…..

But everything worthwhile requires a struggle. Most importantly, I've seen a new church, with pastors who came from other states, make a difference in the community and make a difference in me. Thankful for Hope Point KC and what they (we) do.

The Value in Disagreeing

September 9, 2020
There are obvious ways to disagree that are not helpful. Politics for one. Attacking those with whom you disagree doesn't work out all that well. I'd suggest killing each other over disagreements is certainly not valuable.

However, by being challenged for your faith, your Christianity, that is healthy disagreeing. Not only will it embolden your to understand why you feel the way you do, it can also (if you lower your pride) cause you to actually adjust your thinking. And THAT, is valuable.

Always Leading

September 2, 2020
Always Lead…in everything you do in life, you can be a leader even while also being a follower. You may be the QB leading the team, but you are also following what your coach says. You may be part of a band following the director while at the same time leading your section. As Christians, we are following Christ but can LEAD others TO Christ through leading as He would have us lead.

Matthew 4:18 - Jesus Calls His First Disciples
Mark 11:1 - Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

Coping with Loneliness

August 26, 2020
Loneliness has been with us since the beginning and the response to Covid certainly hasn't helped. In this one I talk about some areas where it is addressed in the Bible and a few thoughts on how to move forward.

David was lonely (Psalms 15:16)
Joseph was lonely (Genesis 37:23)
Peter was lonely (Matthew 26)
The disciples were lonely (Matthew 8)
Job wishes he were lonely (Job 7:19)
Jesus wishes he was alone sometimes (Mark 1:45)
Adam was given companionship (Genesis 2:18)
God is with us always (Matthew 28)

Have you (or your church) given up?

August 19, 2020
We seem to be in a world where lots of people just give up without even starting. Has that happened at your church or with your church attendance? Let's see how we can approach that…..

How God is Working in Brazil with a special guest

August 12, 2020
Tonight I speak with my friend and fellow Missionary Abner. He lives in Manaus, Brazil, and they have experienced many of the same things we have had in the United States. Locked down and at home…..we talk about how this may not have been OUR plan, but it is God's plan and it has provided both of us with opportunities to continue to serve Him.

63 Days in the Facebook Wilderness….

August 5, 2020
Tonight I talk about the important of finding that quiet alone time. Jesus gave us the template with his 40 days in the desert. I am able to find that time when I spend time in Brazil….and work on it now via my runs…and using this time to help me focus on what is good in life vs what is bad in life. Guess what was bad in life for me?

Keep the Masks Off!!!!

July 29, 2020
In this video, I talk about the "mask" we all wear that hides our true feelings. Sometimes it's easy to just blend into the crowd…and even go along with activities that you know go against what it means to be a Christian. I share a couple examples of how I've taken off the mask thus letting people see my true self.

Ray of Hope 17th Birthday!

July 28, 2020
I was thrilled to be a able to join Gloria and Patrick Reynolds as we discussed how Ray of Hope Amazon has impacted me and others on our 17th anniversary. Also joining the video later is someone who went with me while in high school, and how the Ray of Hope experience has helped shape her now that she is starting her first real post-college job. It runs an hour so sit back, listen and enjoy.

The Value in Change

July 22, 2020
Change sure can be hard. Right now our lives are disrupted in ways we never imagined. Even when change is for the better, we seem to want to stay with the old ways. In this week's devotional I discuss my personal change challenges, the change required when Jesus arrived and the change of living a Christian life.

It's NOT Too Late!

July 15, 2020
Change sure can be hard. Right now our lives are disrupted in ways we never imagined. Even when change is for the better, we seem to want to stay with the old ways. In this week's devotional I discuss my personal change challenges, the change required when Jesus arrived and the change of living a Christian life.

Stressed!

July 8, 2020
This devotion focuses on my own self awareness regarding my level of stress. I took a few days off, and we spent time in Colorado. It wasn't until a few days in did I truly realize the stress in life and how several experiences in this past week helped me realize that.

Redeeming Lives Matters (part 3)

July 1, 2020
I wrapped up this series with a conversation called "Not Guilty". A key Christian principle is being forgiven; not holding on to sins of our past nor of those before us. We are have been given mercy by God. We are saved. We are forgiven. Do you and your church understand this? What better time so explain the Gospel to those around you who first look to shame, condemn and ridicule.

Redeeming Lives Matters (part 2)

June 24, 2020
Tonight I discussed the story of Matthew and the Samaritan Woman at the Well. They are perfect examples of individuals who were redeemed by God, and not simply dismissed, shamed or condemned. That's how we should treat everyone.

Redeeming Lives Matters (part 1)

June 17, 2020
As Christians, why do we join the rest of the world in condemning and shaming first, vs prayers for the redemption of those who do wrong? Most are missing their moment to show what true grace and mercy is and what makes our vision different from the secular world. We are all loved by God and are redeemable through His grace and mercy. That is the message.
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Be Yourself

June 10, 2020
God created us in His image. We spend so much time putting ourselves (or being put) into categories or race or sex or whatever. Regardless of the secular ways, we should be ourselves first.

My Journey to Jungle Ministry (3 of 3)

June 3, 2020
Wrapping up this topic, I talk about what's next (or what I think may be next) in 2020 and beyond. Where will this journey lead me?

My Journey to Jungle Ministry (2 of 3)

May 27, 2020
During this discussion, I share how I went from "just going" to actually praying, preaching and leading trips to Brazil.
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My journey to jungle missionary (part 2)

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My Journey to Jungle Ministry (1 of 3)

May 20, 2020
At the age of 43, I took my first trip to Haiti on mission trip with Capital Church in northern Virginia. Although a regular church-goer, I hadn't quite taken that next step in my faith to go out into the world to share the Word. Little did I know that this one decision would lead me down a path to jungle ministry in the Amazon.

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My journey to jungle ministry

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