It was mid December and I had just resigned from my job as one of the High School Pastors at a large church in Cincinnati. Finally, after ten months of preparation, I took the step and turned left. Standing at the bottom of this seemingly impossible hill I wondered what He was going to do now. Twelve years ago, He called me into ministry and I never looked back. I gave up my life as I knew it to follow Him only to now find myself here, off the beaten path, in one of the dark
If God is always present and at work then it means, there is always an invitation to stop what your doing and join Him in what He's doing. Sometimes joining Him feels small, like realizing the lady in front of you is going to need help getting her groceries in the car because there's way too many and it's pouring down rain. Other times, joining Him feels massive, like walking away from a perfectly good job without knowing what's next. Transitions are a natural part of life.
Jesus was unpredictable. As soon as the disciples thought they had figured it out, He would do something completely opposite leaving them with their mouths wide open. Who was this man that followed no system or sequence? Where did He find the freedom to be fully present and yet completely connected somewhere else all at the same time? Why wasn't He swayed by the power of the people? How did He so radically love and let go? Following His baptism by John the Baptist, Jesus was
No matter what I do it's hard. Over the years, I have found ways to make the hardness more enjoyable and even joy-filled, but if I'm exercising right, it's always still there. If I'm pushing myself to the limit and stepping forward into things I couldn't previously do, hard is a word I need to get used to. No one can convince me burpees get easy. It's just not possible. There will never be a day I walk into the gym hoping the first thing out of my trainer's mouth is, "how abo
Once we begin to see how big God really is, we can’t help but dream bigger. Living with dreams we can achieve on our own speak of a small God. Reality is, we have the attention of the Almighty God. He spoke the universe into being and can certainly handle any dreams we fear might be just out of our personal reach. If Ephesians 3:20, “He is able to do more than we ever asked or imagined possible,” is really true (which in case you are wondering, it is), then think of the bigge
The brokenness around you is never to much for the God within you. The world teaches us to keep it together, but Jesus invites us to let it go. At the end of ourselves, we are only ever at the beginning of Him because our God is not the Redeemer of all things fixed, He is the Redeemer of all things broken. In our hands, the painful pieces task us with an impossible rebuild. Without the proper resources, we settle for Band-Aids as a quick fix rather than the root healing neces