The Power of A Mission

The Power of A Mission

As New Englanders, Verna and I enjoy having four distinct seasons; winter, spring, summer and fall. Each one is unique and enjoyable. As pastors, we also enjoy each church season that comes and September is one of those seasons. It’s a great time to reconnect after a busy summer and focus the church and your team back on the mission. It is another fresh start.

Not too long ago, I did just that. I stood before hundreds of our Dream Team volunteers and said, “I want you to understand, without a shadow of a doubt, that what you do every time you serve is a very big deal.” I then had them all declare these next four statements out loud…

6 Ways To Develop Uncommon Faith

6 Ways To Develop Uncommon Faith

Summer here in New England is coming to a close even though it doesn’t officially end until mid-September. People’s minds are shifting to the Autumn as families prepare to gear up for the approaching school season. I prefer to squeeze out every day of summer I can until it is officially over.

We are currently on family vacation in Lake Placid, New York in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. This is the home of the 1980 Olympics - right here in Lake Placid. As I step out onto the balcony from our bedroom, which is on 10 acres with a magnificent mountain view, I have the perfect view of the ski lift used in the Olympics which always reminds me of my favorite movie - Miracle.

How to Hear the Voice of God

How to Hear the Voice of God

Everyone struggles, at some point in life, with their confidence in hearing the voice of God and discerning His direction for their lives.  

  • “Is that God really talking to me?”

  • “Do I take that job or this job?”

  • “Is he/she the one for me?”

  • “Do I stay or do I go?”

  • “Do I buy this house or that house?”

Over the years, I have observed that there are, broadly speaking, two distinct schools of thinking among believers with regard to divine guidance and the discovery of God’s will for our lives.

School #1 - By far the largest, is summed up by the mentality that says: “I don’t move without God’s guidance.”

School #2 - The complete opposite, says: “I don’t expect God’s guidance until I move.”

One Constant In The Chaos of Change

One Constant In The Chaos of Change

We’ve all heard it—the one thing that will never change is the need for change. We can resist it, ignore it, and complain about it but there is no growth without change and with change, oftentimes, comes chaos.

Whether we are responding to change or creating it, we must have an aspect of our lives that is permanent and stable—something that transcends the past, the present, and the future.

We need to keep our minds and hearts established in who we are, where we are going, and the values we govern our lives by. We all need a constant. There is only One who can fill that need. Our one constant in the midst of the chaos of change is God, our Creator.

What I Know Now After 42 Years of Marriage

What I Know Now After 42 Years of Marriage

Last week I gave you my perspective on “What I wish I Knew Before I Got Married.” If you haven’t read that, take a moment to go back and read it - especially if you are single.

A few weeks ago, Jonathan and I celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary so I thought I would give you my thoughts on a few things I now know after 42 years of marriage.

What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married

What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married

This month, Jonathan and I celebrated 42 years of marriage. What an adventurous journey this has been. There have been a lot of ups and downs, great times, and tough times, but the faithfulness of God, His Word and our love for each other have been the glue that has held us together. I wouldn’t want to be adventuring with anyone else but my first and only love.

I met Jonathan when I was 16 on a missions trip to Mexico. That is a story in itself that I will save for another time. As much as I loved him, being in love is not enough to build a good foundation for marriage. Being in love and being prepared is the best way to start.

Preparation helps you navigate the pressures of life and there are a lot of pressures in marriage and in ministry.

In our circles, over 40 years ago, no one was talking about preparing for marriage…

Choose Bitter or Better; It's Up To You

Choose Bitter or Better; It's Up To You

When I was young in marriage and in ministry, over forty years ago, my father gave me the greatest advice I have ever received.

It was during a time of great turmoil and upheaval and I felt betrayed and forgotten. In great distress, I unloaded all my pain to my father. He never interrupted me. He just looked at me and listened. When I finally finished, he said to me…

Fight For Your Family

Fight For Your Family

It is obvious that the attack of the enemy in the 21st century is on the home. The values that we cherish and the godly principles that we have dedicated ourselves to are worth fighting for.

If we want to win our families to God, it all starts by standing up and fighting for them! Drawing the line in the sand saying, “No more devil! Enough is enough!”

Think about this for a moment.

  • Do you want to be right or reconciled?

  • Do you want to continue being hurt or do you want to be healed?

  • Do you want to keep being the victim or start becoming whole?

If you’ll fight for your family God will fight for you.
If you’ll fight for your freedom God will fight for you. 

Below is a passionate message that I recently shared with our congregation on this subject.

Verna and I are standing together with you for your freedom and for victory for your family. 

You Get What You Ask For

You Get What You Ask For

God can make things happen that you could never make happen. He’s already in your tomorrow making it ready for you, but are you asking big?

He’s already lined up the right people, the breaks you need, and doors to open that you could never have opened on your own. My question is, are you asking BIG or are you letting your circumstances—how you were raised or what somebody said—talk you out of it?

Don't Be The Monkey

Don't Be The Monkey

If I had a dollar for every time that I have either been offended or tempted to be offended I would have a very nice ocean front vacation home on Cape Cod. The Bible tells us that offenses will come, so it’s not a matter of if they will come, but rather when they will come. So it behoves us to understand how offenses come and what to do with them when they do. 

Below is an audio recording of some thoughts I shared on this subject at our recent Lead Roundtable.

If there is anything Verna and I can ever do for you please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Blessings!