Tag Archive: Trust

Jesus’ Commands May SEEM Foolish…(The Deep Waters)

Let’s take a walk together through Luke 5:1-11, shall we? Bold words are from the Bible… . 5 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around… Continue reading

“My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

How would it change me to not only believe that God created me but that He CHOSE to create me, that He could’ve chosen NOT TO, that God ENTHUSIASTICALLY decided to make me,… Continue reading

A Dangerous Prayer When We Want Something…

What if, every time we wanted something (even good things), we first prayed to God to help us be satisfied/content without having it? . (I’m not saying that it is wrong to want/desire,… Continue reading

Giving Up Today In Order To Receive Tomorrow…

“The ascetic denials that are so much apart of the life of faith in no way deny pleasure. They prepare us for it” (Eugene Peterson).   Wow. Powerful quote. This got me to… Continue reading

Thoughts On Preparing Sermons…

. 1. Sermon prep begins with your daily lifestyle. How are you loving/serving your wife and children, your co-workers and neighbors, acquaintances and strangers? Do you put MORE time/effort/prayer into serving your family as… Continue reading

Confessions Of A Worry-er…

. “Hello. My name is M.J. (“Hi M.J.!”)… . …I’m a worry-er.” . I worry…a lot. . I worry a lot of the time about a lot of things… . . -Finances -Family… Continue reading

My Commitment To Pastoring Elevate Church…

Dearest Brothers And Sisters of Elevate Church~ In light of your warm embrace of me and my family as well as the Holy Spirit’s clear and faithful guidance of the Board and Search… Continue reading

The “NEVERS” of God…

In the NIV translation of the Bible, God uses the word “never” many times to describe actions that He will never take (what He won’t ever do). We can trust EVERY Word from… Continue reading

Altars of Remembrance…

At various times in the Old Testament, God’s people set up a simple altar of remembrance at a place where God did an especially powerful miracle, at a place where God dramatically rescued… Continue reading

The “ALWAYS” Of God…

In the NIV translation of the Bible, God uses the word “always” many times to describe aspects of His character (Who He is) and actions that He takes (what He does). We can… Continue reading