Shed the Shame: 4 Ways Shame Adds A Burden to Our Marriage

There’s a gentleman in our church community who’s introduced me and my son to backpacking. Ethan and I have fallen in love with it. We talk about it frequently as, every time we go, we enjoy it immensely and learn something new to apply to our next experience.  That, by itself, would make a goodContinue reading “Shed the Shame: 4 Ways Shame Adds A Burden to Our Marriage”

Chips are Bad for the Heart: 4 Reasons Why You Can’t Minister with a Chip on Your Shoulder

I think most people can admit that, deep down, you have a love for chip.  Save your comments on saturated fats and cholesterol, I know they’re not healthy, but can we just admit, that apart from the health factors, chips taste amazing? As you are reading this, most likely you are imagining not just aContinue reading “Chips are Bad for the Heart: 4 Reasons Why You Can’t Minister with a Chip on Your Shoulder”

Kingdom Health: 3 Pastoral Lessons from the Vineyard

One of the strategies of preaching that I’ve really tried to learn from Jesus’ example was the ability to connect the Kingdom to present surroundings/experiences. He was a master at helping to give people understanding by turning people’s attention to things like fields, birds, lost coins, and sheep. A tangible metaphor helped explain the Kingdom in a way that peopleContinue reading “Kingdom Health: 3 Pastoral Lessons from the Vineyard”

Pastor to Pastor: 4 Next steps to follow when a fellow pastor has failed.

My heart is broken this morning. Sitting in a pool of tears in a coffee-house this morning, I’m sure I must be concerning the baristas and customers looking my way.   All morning, I’ve been fine, but sitting down and reading articles about the resignation of a favorite pastor of mine has brought be to aContinue reading “Pastor to Pastor: 4 Next steps to follow when a fellow pastor has failed.”

Pastor to Pastor: How Do You Deal With People Leaving the Church?

I’ve never hidden my heart for pastors.  I think part of it is the fact that I am currently in pastoral ministry. But what drives the other side is, when I was a broken and frustrated pastor, others lent their ear and freely gave their insight and wisdom.  So, in essence, how in the worldContinue reading “Pastor to Pastor: How Do You Deal With People Leaving the Church?”

Dirty Laundry Can Ruin Your Marriage

            You’ve seen it and I’ve seen it.   If you are involved in ANY type of social network, you’re going to have it flashed in front of you.  Some of you deal with it in work.  Others deal with it in the neighborhood.  I see it in church aContinue reading “Dirty Laundry Can Ruin Your Marriage”

2 Minute Marriage Devo – Day 9

Welcome to our 2 Minute Devos. This month we are in our Annual Marriage Series at Kalamazoo First Assembly of God and we’re going through devotions for couples. Take the time to read through the passage of the day and listen to the 2 Minute Devo. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean onContinue reading “2 Minute Marriage Devo – Day 9”

2 Minute Devo: “Hurt or Healing” Proverbs 12:18

August is our journey through the 2 minute series called “Watch Your Mouth”.  I want to invite you to join me as we. It’s as simple as viewing  the vlog and reading the passage for the day.  Today’s passage is Proverbs 12:18: Proverbs 12:18 18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue ofContinue reading “2 Minute Devo: “Hurt or Healing” Proverbs 12:18″

“The Bold and the Beautiful: Dealing with Criticism in Marriage”

I’ll say two things from the “get-go” of this weeks marriage blog:  1. Criticism can be healthy.  2. Critical people are cancerous. A relationship that lacks communication, or the wrong kind of communication, is an absolute way for a husband and wife to end up as roommates and not spouses.  Communication is one of theContinue reading ““The Bold and the Beautiful: Dealing with Criticism in Marriage””