God Will Redeem Your Story (Graduation Sunday Sermon)

God wants to redeem your story. I truly believe this, because you can see God’s story of redemption from Genesis to Revelation. He loves us with an unfailing, reckless redeeming love. The points from my sermon, “God Will Redeem Your Story”, this past Sunday: Your story matters because it matters to God God can redeem…

11 Things Jesus Didn’t Say

1. Church isn’t really that important. Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer. —Hebrews 10:24 (CEV) 5 Reasons Why Church Is Important: JESUS…

Revive 2018 – An Old School Revival with a Contempary Touch

Some people have asked me what is “Revive“. The vision behind this event is simply to share the gospel and have an emphasis on praying for God to send revival. God burdened me to put this event together while speaking at Winter Splash in Asheboro, North Carolina in February for my friend Jericho. I loved what…

Devotional: We Must Let Go Of Uncomfortable

There was a time when I didn’t like living in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

As I have grown in my walk with the Lord over the years I have learned that many Christians live in fear of the Holy Spirit and whenever anything miraculous happens, such as when someone is healed, when someone speaks in tongues or when a dead person is suddenly brought back to life, they consider everything and anything to do with the Holy Spirit as uncomfortable.

Devotional: What We Speak Matters

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Have you ever heard that phrase? I wasn’t the most friendly person this morning. I was snippy toward my wife for no reason. I would love to tell you that, as a pastor, I’m perfect but that would be a lie. I want to be a pastor who is transparent with my struggles. I want people to know that I understand waking up on the wrong side of the bed, that I can relate to what it means to be imperfect, that I make plenty of mistakes, and, more importantly, that I too am amazed at God’s amazing grace and multiple second chances. 

3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Serving in Youth Ministry

I’m not writing this to make you feel guilty for not serving. I’m writing this to those of you who have thought about serving in youth ministry, but have never really given it much thought for any number of reasons. Maybe you feel inadequate. Or fearful. Or maybe you feel too old or too young. Even though I’ve been a youth pastor for several years, all of those reasons and more have crossed my mind at one point or another. Whatever the reasoning to why you have never jumped in, I want to share with you three reasons why you should seriously consider serving in youth ministry.

Escaping Checkbox Christianity by Jeff Huxford

This is a guest post by author Jeff Huxford: 

I didn’t cuss. I didn’t drink alcohol or use drugs.  I avoided all the sins people considered the “worst.”

“And in addition to all of the things I didn’t do, I was also a pretty good person. I went to church on most Sundays, I played guitar in the praise band. And my wife and I even led a small group in our home every week.’ 

“I thought I was doing everything that was required of me to stay right with God.”

Six Steps To Financial Freedom by Phil Ayres

This is a guest post by author and Pastor Phil Ayres: 

In 2005 my wife and I were in the middle of a financial catastrophe that we created for ourselves. We were $70,000 in debt (not including our mortgage) and the financial strain was having a profoundly negative impact on our family and our ministry. Then we made a drastic change. At the urging of my father, we enrolled in Financial Peace University (FPU), a program created by Christian money guru, Dave Ramsey. It was a game changer!

 America Needs Revival, But It Must Start with Me

I’ll be honest with you: I can be quick to say, “That person needs Jesus.” Truthfully, I need Jesus just as much (if not more sometimes) than when I make unhealthy comments like that. Yes, I’m a pastor. Yes, I love Jesus. But I’m far from perfect and if your pastor never admits where they struggle or fall short then, to me, that’s a red flag. I face temptations like anyone else. And every other pastor in the world does too.