encouragement

IF / THEN

So an interesting thing happened recently. For my men’s group reading, we’re now back in the book of Matthew after completing the Old Testament. As I was chatting with a friend from my group via Email, I told him, “I’m excited to get into the New Testament again¬†and study Jesus’ life even closer!”¬†Okay, I know that doesn’t sound all that interesting. But it is and let me tell you why… I’ve honestly never been THIS excited to read the Bible before! (more…)

Words of Life

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences (Proverbs 18:21). The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Proverbs 12:18).

In a recent small group (we call it “house church”) meeting, we did an ice breaker where we were asked to call out one of our own faults or weaknesses, and were also encouraged to give an uplifting word to someone else in the room if something came to mind. (more…)

For When I Am Weak

I can’t / couldn’t sing very well.
I’m not / wasn’t proficient at any instruments.
I can’t / couldn’t read song charts or sheet music.
I don’t / didn’t have the experience.

I don’t / didn’t have the technique, training, education, or background.

Yet God still called me to serve as a worship leader, as the youth worship director at my church, and has given me the heart to write songs. Why? Because it’s about doing things in His power to bring Him glory, and not what I can do in my own strength or abilities. (more…)

I Am Not Alone

Though I’ve been filled with much joy in walking with the Lord, the past month has also been a bit solemn for me and many people I know. Literally within the last few weeks I learned about 8 different people that passed away. Four of them from my church circle, two of them in my work circle, and two from extended family. I don’t know if all of them were saved or not, but my prayers go out to each of them and their families. (more…)