Daily Manna: Understanding This Verse Will Change Your Life

Let me try to explain. Throughout the 16th chapter of Exodus, Moses recounts the story of the Israelites gathering manna, which were thin flakes of bread. Every morning, each person gathered the manna by a measure called an omer. For 35 verses in chapter 16, if you are inquisitive like me, you are wondering, “Moses, what is an omer? How much is that?” […] Continue Reading…

Gaining Wisdom From Great Leaders, Great Churches, and Great Companies

I had a great couple days this week hanging out with Casey Graham of The Change Group as he visited with Kristin Ruther from The Aspen Group and Tim Stevens and Kem Meyer at Granger Church one day and then Scott Hodge from Orchard Community Church the next day. It was challenging, tiring, and personally rewarding. […] Continue Reading…

Thanksgiving Pie and Obedience To God

So why do I share this? Well, it gives you another pie recipe you can try, but really to illustrate that, if you don’t follow the directions carefully, your recipes will fail. So it is in the Christian life, or any life for that matter. God has a plan. He has spelled it out in His Word. If we follow it, we will experience rich reward. His first command is to “love the Lord with all our heart”. Then, we are told to “love your neighbor as yourself”. The rest of the commands are in the Book. We aren’t saved by works and we don’t remain saved by works, but Jesus said “If you love Me, you will do as I command.” So our proper response to God’s love is obedience. In fact, it’s how life works best. […] Continue Reading…

What Does It Mean To Surrender To Christ?

You have asked a difficult question to answer. If you can fully understand surrendering, you can help a whole lot of people…and sell some books. Surrender is almost as mysterious as when Jesus was talking to Nicodemus in John 3 about being “born again”. It’s a concept hard to get our minds to comprehend. […] Continue Reading…

The Delicate Balance Between Yes And No

Even so, in my position, I often have to say “No”. I have to consider the amount of money and energy expended as it relates to the entire church organization. Honestly, there are times I feel like the dream killer more than I get to be the dream enhancer, because I often have to be the “No” voice, but the fact is, as with any organization, we operate with limited resources and sometimes saying no is the right decision at the time. In these times, I have to walk the delicate balance between saying yes and saying no. […] Continue Reading…

An Amateur’s Travel Guide For Philadelphia

I am frequently asked for travel tips for the city, so I thought I would share my top 10 suggestions. Knowing you will automatically track down the touristy historical spots, I decided to share my picks that may or may not be in on the standard weekend tour, but places that you do not want to miss. Philly is an excellent city in which to walk, so if you are only visiting Philly for a short time, put your walking shoes on and check out: […] Continue Reading…

My Personal Spiritual Growth System

In our recent series “Hunger” at Grace Community Church, I shared a system I have used for spiritual growth that has helped me mature. I had numerous people ask me the following week to describe the details of my “system”. It really isn’t anything scientific or deeply thought out, but has helped me greatly. […] Continue Reading…

Well Meaning Questions Better Left Unasked

We all at times say things we shouldn�t say. Recently, while talking to someone that was recently offended by awkward questions about her life, I was reminded that there is a few questions that, while probably well-meaning or just conversational questions, are better left unasked unless you know the other person well. Some questions are simply not good conversational questions and they are actually more hurtful than helpful. […] Continue Reading…