September 11th, 2017 In a few words… - This week we remembered the terror attacks that took place on September 11th, 2001. It is hard for me to believe that it has been 16 years since. A lot has changed since then, yet so much has not. The same people that committed these atrocious acts still exist in this world and we still fear another event like this happening again. On Facebook and other social media threads I have noticed a trend concerning the events of 9/11. Many people are sharing stories about where they were on that day. It is amazing to read their stories, yet it has also provided me with an insight to the on going conflicts in our world. The insight I have had is that we (as in Read More
September 4th, 2017 In a few words… - This past weekend we redecorated my oldest son's bedroom. He recently turned 11 and his room has had the same paint since he was about a year old. When we ventured into this change I don't know if I was really sure all the work that would go into it. I was thinking that we would change some paint and hang a few posters, but it ended up being more work than I thought it was going to be. We are almost done. As of today we have a few more things to hang and we are waiting for the matching curtains to come in the mail. The question that has come to my mind several times is "was this worth it"? I am not Read More
August 28th, 2017 In a few words… - Ok so I am writing this on August 30th and not August 28th, the primary reason for this is that there have been a lot of issues going through my mind with recent events. These events have me thinking about how should we respond and how as disciples of Christ do we do so in a manner reflecting Christ. Let me tell you a little bit more about my experiences this week thus far. This weekend I spent much of my time worrying over friends and family I have along the Gulf coast. I watched as the storm (Hurricane Harvey) struck Rockport and surrounding areas, then I watched as it moved ashore and flooded the Houston area. On Sunday I delivered a sermon about rediscovering Read More
August 21st, 2017 In a few words… - Did you witness today's solar eclipse? Michelle and I didn't, thats because without thinking we had prepurchased tickets to a movie that day since our boys were going back to school. We thought about skipping the movie to witness the partial solar eclipse, but decided that spending the time together at the movie and lunch was more important. We had also noticed that in April 2024 the Dallas/Fort Worth area would be witnessing a total solar eclipse rather than a partial one like we did today. As we discussed that we thought about what life would be like in less than 7 years. Our oldest son Connor would be in his senior year of high school and our youngest would in the 6th grade. Where Read More
August 14th, 2017 In a few words… - If you are a member of the Untied Methodist Church, I want to remind you of your Baptismal Covenant. If you are not a member, I encourage you to join us and be like minded in renunciation of evil and a profession of faith and loyalty to Jesus Christ, our Lord. As United Methodists we have made a covenant to renounce evil and profess our faith. Here is what we have agreed to: Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin? We acknowledge our brokenness, but more importantly we declare that we will no longer abide, engage in or support evil or wickedness in this world. What is evil? Evil in and of itself does not independently Read More
August 7th, 2017 In a few words… - Cornerstone UMC I have changed my mind and I can no longer do what I said I was going to do. I can no longer preach as I had intended, well at least the sermon series I was going to. This week I was supposed to be preparing for a new sermon series called "The Hope Epidemic", but Sunday evening after finishing "The Apostle's Tale" series I was having a hard time sleeping. The Holy Spirit was keeping me awake. A conversation I had with my beautiful wife about evangelism had been playing over and over in my head and I knew that I needed to go in a different direction. When the Holy Spirit begins to speak to you something new and exciting its Read More
July 31, 2017 In a few words… - "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words." Romans 8:26 Have you ever had so much going on in life that prayer just seems like it would get in the way? Maybe you know you ought to stop and pray but you don't, because you are not quite sure what to pray for. The apostle Paul shares in his letter to Romans that in our weakness the Holy Spirit intercedes when we are not capable of praying as we ought to. Prayer should be one of the easiest things we do all day, yet it is probably one of the most neglected. Why? Read More
July 24, 2017 In a few words… - This past Sunday during worship we explored part of Paul's letter to the church in Rome (Romans 8:12-25) and this verse really sat on my heart. " I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us." -Romans 8:18 Apostle Paul shares these words with the church in Rome during a time of persecution that would last over 2 centuries. Many of these Christians would know nothing other than persecution for what they believe in, yet the Apostle Paul encourages them to be patient. Patience isn't easy. Understanding suffering isn't easy. Telling ourselves to be patient in our time of suffering for future glory is easier said than done. This reminds me of a Peanuts Read More
July 17, 2017 In a few words… - Vacation Bible School is upon us! I love seeing all the children and excitement in the building during VBS, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. This morning as I got up and prepared myself for the day, a nagging and annoying thought came into my head, "Do I really need to be there?" I have worked with teenagers for over 15 years but little children overwhelm me. During VBS I believe I gain a real understanding what the soldiers at the Alamo must of felt like when they saw they were outnumbered by Santa Anna's army. All kidding aside, I know what it is like to do something outside of your comfort zone for the greater good of God's kingdom. This past Sunday we Read More
July 10, 2017 In a few words… - This past Sunday I shared a message about how Christ invites us to be yoked with him rather than yoked with sin. Sin can be an uncomfortable topic for us to talk about, yet it is an important one. Sin keeps us from being who we desire to be and more importantly who God desires us to be. Sin gets in the way of our relationships. Sin leaves us doubting our self worth. Our response to sin, very often, is to think that we can handle it on our own. In this past Sunday's sermon the scripture we examined (Romans 7:15-25), Paul describes someone who know what is right, but cannot seem to do what is right. Enthusiasm to change comes easy to many of Read More