A lot of people don’t believe in vacations. They feel like they’re wasting time. They hate to spend the money. They like their own refrigerator! With six children, we figured out a way. Here are our “all-time favorite places” we went in 37 years of raising kids:
“Stuck like Chuck”. It’s a phrase I use to describe the doldrums, the “dead in the water” times of my life. Everything becomes same ol’ same ol’, acid-cardboard, plain vanilla, predictable and passionless.
Everyone talks about leaving a legacy. I want to LIVE a legacy. Legacy is “when the next generation models their lives and judges their achievements by you.”
Everyone needs mentoring. Mentoring is listening to someone who has made more mistakes than you. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in 47 years of ministry, and they all boil down to these ten:
Fear and timidity can paralyze you. Anxiety can control your every decision. Confusion can totally derail your life’s focus. The mind is the battleground of life. You will inevitably face storms and crisis. Your mind will be pressed to the breaking point. How do you persevere until the sun breaks […]
Everybody prays. Prayer wheels, prayer chains, and prayer lines are everywhere. However, it can sometimes feel like a penny in a fountain. How can we feel a sense of certainty when we pray?
Millions of marriages are smoldering. The passion is gone. The fire is almost out. The excitement and astonishment left years ago. Marriages go through stages as Jesus said: “hot, cold, and lukewarm.” I’ve been married for 40 years and I’m sure I have been through all three of them! If your marriage […]
Water, water, everywhere. Three times the amount of rain fell on Baton Rouge as fell in Katrina! 7 trillion gallons of water deluged over 40,000 houses. With water comes “mold.” There is a race against time to remove anything wet. Hundreds of volunteers are stripping out churches, homes, and businesses before black mold takes over.
It’s been tough this week to watch piles of clothes, furniture, appliances, and TVs out in front of every home on my street. It’s dark. It’s difficult. 40,000 homes are under 4-8 feet of water. Nine megachurches are totally flooded. Not one church had services last Sunday. Jacob was in a dark place. Running from his […]
It seems we have all been a little shellshocked. What a summer. Terrorist attacks and campaigns. Shootings and tension. Now, it has come home to me more than ever. I have lived on Bethany Church’s North campus property for 53 years. I’ve never seen anything like what happened there this weekend.