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How to Make 2014 Successful in the Extreme!

appy New Year! Thanks for stopping by and reading my weekly ramblings. It’s a privilege to touch your life in this way, and I appreciate you extending to me that privilege. Today begins 2014! Aren’t you glad to be ALIVE?! Isn’t God good?! He probably answered a ton of prayers for you last year—even those…

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Setting a Sustainable Pace…

How long can you sustain the pace at which you are living and leading? If you are sprinting through life, then probably not long. How often have I tried to run ahead of God—impress Him with my ability to “get His work done.” Funny when I think about it. I seriously doubt He’s ever been…

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The Power of Your Words…

Have you thought about your words lately? They are powerful! They either build or destroy. They either encourage or discourage. They either pick up or put down. Words are weighty—powerful influencers. Words stay with people—for a long, long time. James compares words to fruit and water—things that are consumed and digested. What takes seconds for…

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How to Survive a Tough Transition

One year ago, our family began the most difficult transitional challenge of our lives. God called us away from comfort and security, and into a journey of seeing a hurting church revitalized by His grace. We were terrified. In many ways, we still are. But a nearly a year into it, God’s grace has sustained…

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Stewarding the “In Between Places”

The vast majority of life is lived in the “in between places”—the space between the mountain tops. The “in between places” are flatlands of life where we don’t visibly see God doing something miraculous. These are the places that follow the mountain tops—they stitch the high points together with mundane redundancy. Last night at EBC…

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Wedding Day Words…

These are the words I shared with my son and his bride today—their wedding day. Perhaps they will encourage you: Eighteen years ago, it was just another normal Tuesday night in the high desert of Southern, CA. My partner and I drove to Palmdale to make a follow-up visit on a family that had visited…

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When Your Son is Getting Married (Random Observations)

When your son is getting married—random observations… 1. You feel old. 2. You sit around, replaying all the memories, wishing you could go back and relive a few. 3. You should just say “ok” to all the ladies helping with the wedding. DON’T get involved! 4. You thank the Lord for giving you a chance…

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Why I’m Thankful for My Dad

Today is Father’s Day, and I couldn’t help but take a moment to reflect on why I’m thankful for my dad. Here are the big values and investments that resonate in my life on a daily basis: 1. He loves Jesus and truly committed himself to Christ. In 1977 when my dad and mom stepped…

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8 Ways to Help Those Who Grieve

This week our ministry has experienced a devastating loss. Angie Larson—one of the sweetest Christian ladies I’ve ever met, and a joyful servant at Emmanuel Christian Academy, was suddenly taken home to Heaven on Friday morning. For Angie’s husband, five children, and our ministry family, this loss is indescribably painful. And the grieving process has…

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What a Year—Wrapping Up 2012!

This is a family update of God’s work in our family over 2012. 2012 has been the most eventful year of our lives! Early in the year, I was still very much recovering from cancer treatments. Doctors told me to prepare for an 18 month recovery. I’m presently in the 17th month of that process,…

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Celebrating 23 Years or Marriage

Today, Dana and I mark our 23rd wedding anniversary, and I am reminded of how blessed I am to have married such a wonderful woman! Indulge me for a post—as I wanted to publicly state why I so deeply esteem and respect this lady I call “my girl!” From the first moment I knew her,…

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What to Do When You’re Wasted!

Do you ever get completely exhausted? Some of the worst decisions ever made in human history were made in moments of exhaustion or depletion. When your spiritual, emotional, or physical gauges are on empty, you are in danger of doing the wrong thing every time! We weren’t designed to function on empty. In fact it’s…

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A Question Every Parent Should Ask…

Last week, Haylee (my daughter) and I were going to make a follow-up visit for a new family in our church. One the way, we decided to have a quick dinner at Panera Bread. Our family has been pretty busy the past weeks, and God has led us through some rather significant transitions. I’ve worried…

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One Key to an Irresistible Marriage

Recently, a young couple emailed me and asked an insightful question about their relationship. Several years into their marriage, they are discovering how “opposite” they really are in many areas. And that realization scared them. They asked if this discovery should worry them, or if all couples experience this. It occurred to me that most…

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The Next Step on Our Faith Journey

Right now I’m sitting on a plane, head spinning, brushing back tears over the events of the past four weeks. I still can’t believe that God is doing this. Shortly after fully surrendering to God’s call to pastor, He began to direct our paths in amazingly providential ways. He quickly and quietly directed us to…

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Five Lies That Will Wreck Your Marriage

“Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it…” (Song of Solomon 8:6-7) This…

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Pit-Bulls and Passionate Parents

Why the Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Kids is a Strong Marriage! “Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:6) One beautiful Spring evening when our kids were still in elementary school, we decided to take a family walk together….

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The Most Powerful Parenting Practice

What wise parents do when they don’t know what to do. “Something’s going wrong in the heart of my child, and I’m not sure what to do!” Ever been there, parent? Have you ever seen the fruit of attitudes, behaviors, and decisions growing from the young branches of your child’s life, and been terrified by…

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Four Focuses of Effective Parents

Warning: This post is longer than usual… I love being a parent! If you have children, I hope you do too! We live in a culture that divides the home—if not physically, then relationally. A casual look at many American families would lead you to conclude that parents don’t like their children, and children don’t…

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20 Reasons to Avoid Premarital Sex

Premarital (or extra-marital) sex is always a losing proposition! God is clear that His wonderful gift of physical intimacy is to reserved for the boundaries of marriage. Inside of those boundaries, the sexual relationship is a gift that blesses a couple and a family abundantly. Outside of that biblical commitment, the sexual relationship is always…

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