“I’m collateral damage…” 4 Thoughts for Pastor’s Schedules

These three words stopped me in my tracks yesterday and broke my heart. While on my way to a highly packed and anticipated schedule, the most unexpected moment happened. When I’m in certain a part of our state, I try to frequent a very unique store. Every item sold has a story and a mission.Continue reading ““I’m collateral damage…” 4 Thoughts for Pastor’s Schedules”

Never Alone: 5 Thoughts on Marital Responsibility and Commitment

I love talking to couples. Marriage fascinates me as not only do I want to learn more to bless other couples, I want to glean so that my marriage can grow. My “go-to” question for couples is simple: “What do you know now that you wish you would’ve known before you got married?” I’ll admit,Continue reading “Never Alone: 5 Thoughts on Marital Responsibility and Commitment”

How Would Your Spouse Describe You? 3 Steps To Help Reshape Their Answer

I have a fascination with photography. Maybe a part of it is because my daughter has developed into an amazing photographer. I love how passionate she is and that she’s using it to get to go to a mission’s trip to Thailand (shameless plug for her). I think the fascination is also fed because we haveContinue reading “How Would Your Spouse Describe You? 3 Steps To Help Reshape Their Answer”

What to not forget about on Valentine’s Day! 1 Thing I want you to remember about February 14!

A week ago, I preached a message about rest.  In that message, I had made a statement about the issues of vacations and sabbaticals. Would the urgency of vacations and sabbaticals, as well as the length of them, be necessary if we knew how to rest on a consistent, healthy basis? It doesn’t mean I don’tContinue reading “What to not forget about on Valentine’s Day! 1 Thing I want you to remember about February 14!”

What my parents didn’t teach me about marriage – Part 3

Two weeks ago, we started this new blog series that focused upon the things my parents didn’t teach me based upon some of the issues we see today.  Again, please don’t take any of the following blogs as a guilt trip to those who have struggled or have made mistakes.  I do not elevate anyone, includingContinue reading “What my parents didn’t teach me about marriage – Part 3”

My Marriage is Terribly Inconvenient!

I’ve been married 16 years. I love being married and I can’t imagine life without Anne.  We have had some great times and moments. We laugh a lot together. We have two fantastic children and we are blessed to serve in an amazing church is their pastor. But I’ll say this is of my marriage:  ItContinue reading “My Marriage is Terribly Inconvenient!”

Marriage Blog: You’re my partner not my project.

I like to fix things. I can’t always say it fix things correct the first time.  I wish I had the engineer mindset of my father or my grandfather possess  They had the ability to take anything apart and put it right back together.  But I do my best.  Typically, I’ll google answers and watchContinue reading “Marriage Blog: You’re my partner not my project.”

You’ll never be the perfect spouse…so stop trying.

Maybe you provided the perfect date.  Perhaps you found the perfect gift.  Possibly, you cleaned up the house for your spouse to come home perplexed in surprise over what was done without asking. You spoke the love language of your spouse flawlessly.  You stand there in your cape taking in the glory of your title.Continue reading “You’ll never be the perfect spouse…so stop trying.”

Marriage Blog: “It’s just not me.”

We’ve all used it to get out of things we don’t want to do. “Do you want to ride the roller coaster?” “No. It’s just not me.” “Do you want to try escargot?” “No.  It’s just not me.” “Do you like country music? “No. It’s just not me. It’s kind of our nice way of telling peopleContinue reading “Marriage Blog: “It’s just not me.””

2 Minute Marriage Devo – Day 19

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. Song of Solomon 4:9 You have captivated my heart, my sister, myContinue reading “2 Minute Marriage Devo – Day 19”