Terrorism: A Response

I am writing this article on September 11th, 2016…fifteen years to the day that America was attacked by terrorists in the worst terrorist attack in this country’s history. And yet, fifteen years later, terrorism around the world and here at home, is more of a threat than ever … More Terrorism: A Response

Abide

There is such a big difference between us setting out to “work for God”, versus God doing his work in us and through us! God is not looking for us to work for him. However, he is looking for worshippers through whom he can do his work! (John 4:23). … More Abide

My Passionate Plea

I absolutely love my role and position at the mission organization I serve with. I don’t mean position as in my job title, but position in the sense of opportunity to impact thousands of lives around the world with the Word of God and the love of God in action. It is exciting to see … More My Passionate Plea

The Judge

The other day, I experienced my first time in a courtroom. I waited to stand before a judge and receive my “sentence.” Like many other poor souls, I got pulled over for speeding in the state of Virginia. In Virginia, there is a law that if you are going 20 miles or more over the speed limit, you don’t just get a normal speeding ticket; it is considered reckless driving, which is a criminal offense! … More The Judge

The Heavenly City

“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard … More The Heavenly City

What Now?

It’s been just over a year since I moved our family out to Colorado from the East Coast. After six years of pastoring a church in New Jersey, we decided to join with a mission organization called ServeNow. We were moved by the stories and amazed by the impact they were having around the world … More What Now?

The Grace of Giving

“For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by … More The Grace of Giving

Come, Follow Me

“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed … More Come, Follow Me

The Justice of Hell

The other night, my wife and I went out to dinner with new friends of ours. During the course of dinner, conversation began to move to “spiritual things.” The husband explained that he was an “agnostic” and began to put forward the various reasons of why that was so. One of the main “stumbling blocks” … More The Justice of Hell

Our Helper

Psalm 146:5: “Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.” I seem to have a trust issue. For some reason, deep down, I don’t always really live trusting that God will truly provide what is needed, whatever the needs may be. For example, over the … More Our Helper

Go

I have a new message that is burning in my heart. This “new” message is actually however an “old” message (to borrow language from John the apostle: see 1 John). In fact, most self-identified followers of Jesus are familiar with the passage this comes from. It has famously been called “the Great Commission.” Sadly, however, … More Go

God’s Presence

Recently, after an opportunity to meet one on one with Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York, I had the joy of being at their Tuesday night prayer meeting. When a couple thousand people show up on a Tuesday night to pray you know you are in a very special place in … More God’s Presence

Three Urgent Needs

ServeNow has just been offered two matching grants for this holiday season to double the impact of each gift given! The first is for $31,900 specifically to rebuild a classroom building for orphaned children in Uganda. We have already completed two buildings this year. But there are over 35 classrooms that need rebuilt for the 3,000 … More Three Urgent Needs

Does God Really Love Me?

Late one night this week I suddenly had it impressed on my mind to write a brief blog article addressing the question: Does God really love me? This same week I heard a short radio recording speaking to this issue and then the founder and current president of ServeNow spoke to this issue at our … More Does God Really Love Me?

Stories from India

Wow. How do you describe the indescribable? How do you capture the raw emotion, the overwhelming of the senses or the stories behind every wrinkle and smile? Words, pictures, even video’s fall short. They can communicate and convey and give meaning…but they are still lacking “flesh.” Similar to the fact that “In the beginning was … More Stories from India

When Jesus Looks at You

Have you ever wondered what Jesus see’s when he looks at you? Have you ever wondered what he would say to you? One of my favorite accounts in Scripture is when Peter first personally meets Jesus. John 1:42 simply records this: “Jesus looked at him and said: You are Simon son of John. You will … More When Jesus Looks at You

Nepal

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. Political instability has been a continual reality. But the growth of the church in Nepal over the last 50 years has been remarkable. Now is the time to serve in Nepal! Consider joining me on a trip this December 28th-January 8th to Nepal Click the … More Nepal

Ukraine

Ukraine is the largest country in Europe with a population of over 45 million. In 1991 Ukraine declared its independence but recently Russia moved to reclaim Crimea. There continues to be conflict on the Eastern side of Ukraine and close to 1 million people have been displaced. To read about how ServeNow is responding to … More Ukraine

Waiting on the Lord

I think “waiting on the Lord” is one of the single hardest aspects of the Christian life. Lately, I have been really battling my impatience and frustration over plans seemingly not working out or taking forever to work out! I have been complaining even to the Lord that it so often seems like his timing … More Waiting on the Lord

The Fear of the Lord

I think the greatest need within the “church” world is a “recapturing” of or awakening to the “fear of the Lord.” There are so many things I could point to that actually grieves my heart and I believe grieves the Holy Spirit and reveals our desperate need for this reality. For example, I just finished … More The Fear of the Lord

Floods: A Cry from Myanmar

In 2008 Cyclone Nargis devastated a country (Myanmar/Burma) that up to that point I had never heard of before. It was the worst natural disaster in Myanmar’s history. When I heard about this cyclone my heart felt like it was being “slammed” and “overwhelmed” with a compassion I have rarely felt before. I began to … More Floods: A Cry from Myanmar

Why ServeNow?

Today, I read a report from our national director in India where he outlined a strategic process to consider for the future in regard to our work with pastors and churches. Our network of churches has grown to 1,400 in India, Uganda, Ukraine and Nepal in just two years. The potential for working with more … More Why ServeNow?

A Night with the Lord

One of the only benefits and joys of recently driving 1,645 miles from the East Coast back out West to our home in Colorado (with four kids seven and under), was worshiping and praying through the night. There is nothing sweeter than spending time with the Lord and seeing what he reveals of himself and … More A Night with the Lord

Grace & Truth

There have been many good articles, quotes and soul-searching that I have read, heard or seen over the past week in regard to the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize homosexual marriage in the US. I have actually been encouraged and blessed to read and hear what many Christians have been articulating. However, I have also … More Grace & Truth

Rest

Over the past few months God has continually been speaking to me about “rest” and how He is our (my) Shepherd who gives rest and in whom we find rest. In fact the relationship between a shepherd and sheep is probably the best and most intimate picture of rest. Sheep by nature are easily frightened … More Rest

Airplanes & Airports

The last couple of times I’ve been in airports, I’ve been fascinated to watch people being reunited with family and friends. Twice recently, I went to pick someone up at the airport and as I stood there waiting to catch a sight of those I was there for, I witnessed husbands being reconnected with their … More Airplanes & Airports

Integrity

Proverbs 4:25-26: “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths of your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” A few weeks ago, I failed to heed the call, command … More Integrity

Behind the Scenes

I wrote a blog article not long ago (The Secret Privilege of a Servant) on Jesus’ first miracle (John 2) and mentioned it is one of my favorite stories. One reason is because of something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. In that story Jesus includes the servants who were “standing by” in the … More Behind the Scenes