Jump or Slow Down

If it’s a hurdle, ask God for the strength to jump over. If it’s a speed bump, ask God for the strength to slow down.

Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. –1 Peter 5:7

What did 1,500 pages of office supplies remind me?

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, 20by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

–Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Stay blessed…john

Follow to Lead

You can be a great leader by being a great follower.


You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.

-John 15:16

Getting social

News anchors seem to love saying it the most.  But even when that actor portryal on your favorite business commercial mentions “social media,” I can’t help but think that no one under the age of 56 is watching them.

Adults have a weird fascination with social media.  They’ll complain about everyone being stuck to it, but also want to try their hand at it.  Oh, because everyone wants them to, of course.  And somehow their Facebook app finds itself on their home screen of their new iPhone 6.

Young people seem to be the complete opposite.  They don’t have a problem using social media.  It’s all they know.  Plus, in everyday converstaions, I’ve never heard a teenager speak about “social media.”  That’s too generic.  Their conversations include what service they’re currently using most.

In all, you just need to know that most likely your adult idea of social media probably doesn’t equate to that of a young person.

That’s why I found this article to be extremely helpful.  It is written by a teenager who describes what each social media service means to young people.  The UT Austin student breaks down his interpretation of the most widely used social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Snap Chat, WhatsApp, Yik Yak and others.

But you better read it now to know what youth think about it now.  Someone may need to rewrite this in a week or two.

A Teenager’s View on Social Media

Stay blessed…john

How does that work?

This Sunday I shared two goals that I have for my congregation. Besides our usual learning to pray, equipping leaders and other things like that, there are two things I want to emphasize this year. One of them is the difference between being a giving church and being a tithing church. The other is knowing the difference between being a welcoming church and an inviting church.

My first move toward acheiving the latter goal is to present you this:

Stay blessed…john