Blog

Mind Games

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?"..........9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are...

First Importance

One especially hot and humid afternoon, I found myself in the heart of the NYC subway system awaiting the #1 train to whisk me back up to the upper west side of Manhattan. While waiting, I noticed a crumpled-up one-dollar bill lying on the tracks. I couldn’t help but...

Best Dressed

The way we dress is important because it is the first impression someone will have of us. Dressing with excellence is an art. An excellent dresser doesn’t necessarily need a lot of money, but it does take putting some thought into it. If you just throw an outfit...
Mind Games

Mind Games

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the...

read more
First Importance

First Importance

One especially hot and humid afternoon, I found myself in the heart of the NYC subway system awaiting the #1 train to whisk me back up to the upper west side of Manhattan. While waiting, I noticed a...

read more
Best Dressed

Best Dressed

The way we dress is important because it is the first impression someone will have of us. Dressing with excellence is an art. An excellent dresser doesn’t necessarily need a lot of money, but it...

read more
The Strength of an Eagle

The Strength of an Eagle

“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and...

read more

Keep Swinging

I recently heard the story of singer/songwriter Thad Cockrell. For years he had been trying to make it big in the industry, but could never seem to break through. After yet another underwhelming...

read more
When Your Older Brother is God

When Your Older Brother is God

Some statistics* on firstborn children: Firstborn children have slightly higher IQs (only about two points) than children in other birth order positions. Men who are born earlier in their family are...

read more
5 WAYS TO WIN IN 2021

5 WAYS TO WIN IN 2021

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But...

read more
Living with Joy

Living with Joy

Joy is a choice. It’s a point of view. It’s a way of looking at things. If ever there was someone who is an example of this it is Joyce Isidor. Monday through Friday we have an early morning prayer...

read more
A Serpent and Santa

A Serpent and Santa

He removed the high places and broke the pillars and cut down the Asherah. And he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings...

read more
To Walk in Another’s Shoes

To Walk in Another’s Shoes

It is said, “To feel empathy, one must walk a mile in another’s shoes.” In the last six months, I have come to realize how unaware I have been to what it would be like to walk in another’s shoes. I...

read more
Fallen Hero

Fallen Hero

US Army Ranger Jeff Struecker, a part of ‘Operation Gothic Serpent’, was sent on a reconnaissance mission to rescue troops that had been shot down in enemy territory. The ensuing battle would be...

read more
POWER IN THE PAUSE 

POWER IN THE PAUSE 

There is power in the pause! When we pause, wait, and listen, we become empowered by the presence of God for whatever may come our way. What I want to stress today is that if your life is not...

read more
I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

Imagination is powerful: it is the first step to doing. Imagination is the ability to see with the mind what you can’t see with your eyes. You may not realize it but we use our imagination every...

read more
KETCHUP AND THE SECRET TO PRAYER

KETCHUP AND THE SECRET TO PRAYER

KETCHUP AND THE SECRET TO PRAYER The H. J. Heinz Company has become synonymous with ketchup (or is it catsup?). Heinz sells upwards of 650 million bottles of ketchup annually which is roughly 60% of...

read more
WHATEVER

WHATEVER

For the last 11yrs, one word has been voted the most annoying word in all of America, that word, “WHATEVER”. ‘Whatever’ narrowly beat out, “No offense, but….” to retain the title. I’d like to redeem...

read more
COURAGE UNDER FIRE

COURAGE UNDER FIRE

Courage is often associated with acts of bravery that go above and beyond our human experience, like pulling someone out of a burning car or jumping into the ocean to save someone from drowning. But...

read more
LOVE IS PATIENT

LOVE IS PATIENT

Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times,...

read more
Coronavirus Close to Home

Coronavirus Close to Home

The impact of the coronavirus struck home for me at the end of February when my sister-in-law Charlene found out she had contracted COVID-19. She is a New Zealander in her 50s, temporarily teaching...

read more
THE ART OF LISTENING

THE ART OF LISTENING

God has given us two ears and only one tongue, someone has said, and this is a hint from God that we should listen more and talk less.  In scripture these words say it so clearly: “My dear brothers...

read more
Prodigal Father

Prodigal Father

"But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him,...

read more