“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” - ‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the needs in the world.  Worldwide poverty is higher then imaginable.  Human Trafficking of women and children is horrific.  Abortions are hard to comprehend.  Billions of people live on less then two dollars a day.  Injustice is heart wrenching. The number of refugees coming out of Syria alone is mind blowing.  And, the Billions of people around the world who do not know Jesus as their Savior can't be thought about without crushing my heart and shedding a tear.

Here is a quick update on our journey of faith:

2015 has been a roller coaster year for our family.  There have been unexpected twists and turns in the road of faith, high climbs and steep drop offs. I unexpectedly left my position at my last church in Colorado to pursue God's next ministry move.  Our family began to pray and seek the Lord longing for our lives to count for the King and the Kingdom.

What motivates you to live the Christian life?  We all have a tendency to coast in life and particularly in the Christian life.  We do not drift into discipleship.  We don't hover into holiness.

It is hard work.

It is costly.

It is like a long run.

I'll be honest. I don't like to run.  Growing up I played sports with balls.  I like to run if there is a ball involved with a goal.

Some think the Trinity (one God in three persons) is a crazy idea.  Does the Trinity show up in the Bible?  Is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the Old Testament?  Did the Apostle Paul, who wrote half of the New Testament have the Trinity in mind?  What differences does the Trinity make in your life today?

Here are ten places the Trinity shows up in the Bible:


We are all stressed.

Life is like running on a treadmill that does not stop.

We have kids to take care of.

We have bills to pay.

We have a spouse to love and care for.

We have deadlines to meet at work.

We have friends to stay in relationship with.

We have goals to meet.

We have a future spouse to meet, fall in love with and get married.

We have high school or college or grad school to finish.

We have schedules,

to-do lists,

post-it notes,

grocery shopping,


and on it goes....

There is a new path ahead literally and figuratively.

This week our neighborhood got a face lift including the sidewalk in front of our house. After many years of ice attaching itself to the shadowed concrete on our corner causing many missing pieces of sidewalk and holes left behind from cold winters, it was time for a new path to be laid.  The crew showed up, pulled out the old and laid the new.

Here is a metaphor for life.

As I was watching the workers, waiting and praying, it hit me.

Life's Questions

What matters most in your life?

What should tug at your heart strings?

What should give you the greatest joy?

What is the sweet spot?

Where should your joy come from?

What should be your life purpose?

These are larger then life questions.  They are bigger then you, but they matter deeply.  They are the difference between wasting your life and investing your life.  They have eternal value.  We need to get these right.

The tomb is empty.  It is time to grow and go!  Millions of Christians around the world just celebrated Easter.  We believe Jesus is actually alive today.  He rose from the dead defeating sin and death.  This makes all the difference for us TODAY!  If we know Jesus, our sins are forgiven.  We are free!  With the same power that rose Jesus from the dead, we can grow closer to maturity in Jesus and to share this good news with the world.

Easter is coming.  Here is an outline and devotional to get us thinking about the coming Passion Week and the words and actions of Jesus.  There is too much here to digest in one week, so take some time in the next couple weeks to reflect, meditate, pray on the events of Jesus' passion week from Matthew 21-28.  

Enjoy reflecting on the greatest event in history!  Jesus' death on a cross for the sins of the world and resurrection conquering sin and death for you and me.