Death Defeated

May 23, 2019

Jesus came to destroy death!

This is what we read in 2 Timothy 1:10.

But it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 

Jesus came to bring life and immortality to light through the gospel.  In order to do that, Jesus had to defeat death”.

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The Winning Team

May 16, 2019

I love playing on a winning team that works together well and plays for each other more than ego driven selfish gain. 

As we watch the Golden State Warriors go after their fourth championship in five years, the thing I have enjoyed the most about what they do on the court is their teamwork.  Their coach has said that one of their core values is joy, and relationship drives this group of young men to work together more than a lot of other teams in the league. 

Jesus exemplified selflessness that was not false humility.

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He Is Always With Us

May 9, 2019

When I heard the bride recently say to her groom, “You will be my forever person, who won’t leave me” I immediately thought of those in my life who are the same way. 

After thinking of Linda, my bride of 26 years, I thought of Jesus, who promised he would never leave us or forsake us. 

When I think about Jesus being my “Good Shepherd” as promised in John 10, I think of Him as my forever person who won’t leave me.  The larger analogy of God being our shepherd who will protect us from wolves and thieves and those who would try to hurt us is beautiful.  Jesus isn’t taking a day off or coming late to work to walk with us – he is always there.  He is the same today as He was back in the first century and we can count on Him not changing tomorrow.  Like a Shepherd who is willing to lay down His life for the sheep, He is totally committed to staying with us. 

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The Good Shepherd

May 2, 2019

Jesus is a leader

As the Good Shepherd in my life, I can tell you that He is always faithful to lead me forward, I’m just not always good at following Him.  In John 10, Jesus echoes the Old Testament where it says that God is our shepherd…

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Tell Me What You See?

April 25, 2019

“Tell me what you see Andy?”

As a 4th grader attending Marigold Elementary School, I was assigned to spend one on one time with a student at Loma Vista Elementary School who was born blind. Our schools shared a playground and during recess we would sit together on the grass.  “Andy, tell me what you see?” Was the question he would ask.

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April 11, 2019

These are my Irish friends

Robert and Gloria Kearney live in Downpatrick, Ireland and practice hospitality in the very best of ways.  Linda, Michael and I enjoyed an evening in their home for a cup of tea and some sweet treats.  They shared their lives with us, pictures of their kids and most of all cared about hearing our story.  As we sat by the fire and laughed about a hundred different things, I thought to myself, there’s no where in the world I’d rather be than here right now. 

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Do You Have an Accent?

April 4, 2019

“Where are you from?”

As I traveled throughout Ireland this past month everyone seemed to ask me this question.
When I told shopkeepers, receptionists and waiters that I was from California – all of them had an opinion about what that meant.  Some asked me if I surfed all the time, others asked if I ever saw movie stars walking around and the people who pay attention to the news asked me about the fires this past year.

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The Word of God is Living and Active

March 27, 2019

When you sit down to read the word of God, what does it look like?

Is it a powerful time of revelation, a time of sweet refreshing, or, like so many others, is it a time of confusion and feeling all to unequipped to do it on your own? Over the last few years, I have been on a personal journey of re-discovering the word of God in a way that brings Hebrews 4:12 to life.

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Walk in the Steps of Jesus

March 21, 2019

“Great is Yahweh, and most worthy of praise
In the city of our God,
His holy mountain. It is beautiful in its loftiness,
The joy of the whole earth. Like the utmost heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion,
The city of our Great King!”                        
Psalm 48:1-2

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March 13, 2019

Waiting on God, and God waiting on us. 

Patience is a virtue.  At least that’s what I’m told. Throughout the Bible patience is held in high regard.  In the famous 1 Corinthians 13 chapter on love, patience is the first characteristic that describes the love God wants us to have.  It’s also a fruit of the Holy Spirit. 

What exactly is patience? 

It is associated with long suffering, enduring, and waiting.  Patience is a decision that we make, it’s a determination of the will to not take action but to endure and wait for God.

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