You never know…


One of the greatest needs we have as humans is the need to be accepted.
We offer people the greatest gift when we accept others into the fold.
People offer us the greatest gift when they accept us into the fold.

Chew on that for just a moment…


This is when life gets messy…
The lengths to which we go to accept people and the lengths to which we go to be accepted by others.
It’s never clean and easy… Which is what makes life so fascinating!
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Great is Thy Faithfulness


I love when Thursdays roll around!

Quick question to set the tone for the day…

Are you faithful because others are faithful and the circumstances surrounding you are favorable? Or are you faithful because you are faithful no matter what the circumstances warrant? 

Definition of “faithful”

  1. strict or thorough in the performance of duty:

a faithful worker.

  1. true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.
  2. steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant:

faithful friends.

  1. reliable, trusted, or believed.
  2. adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate:

a faithful account; a faithful copy.

  1. full of faith; believing.

I love the inspiring hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

It speaks of God’s constant and persistent faithfulness regardless of those circumstances and situations which might otherwise alter God’s faithfulness.

Check out these words…

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

 Here’s a little sampling where I have seen God’s faithfulness lately…

The Sun came up!
          Great is Thy Faithfulness!

Holding the hands of an elderly couple as I prayed for the husband’s healing, I was overcome with the presence of God’s spirit! Yes! Surely, “where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there with you…”
          Great is Thy Faithfulness!

 Watching the angst come over the face of a woman whose past is checkered, whose greatest fear is being judged and whose most recent experience is one of “rejection” and being able to tell her, “In Christ, in the Church, in my heart, ‘You are ACCEPTED!’” And then watching her eyes fill to the brim as this new realization and new reality began to sink in…
          Great is Thy Faithfulness!

 Teaching my children the definition of sin, confession, repentance and forgiveness and basking in the joy of seeing their eyes light up – “we are forgiven every time?” Yes, every time! “When we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and forgives us of our sins.” (1 John 1: 9)
          Great is Thy Faithfulness!

 A young man’s challenge to overcome a quick draw trigger of a judgmental attitude and witnessing this young man change right before my very eyes.
          Great is Thy Faithfulness!

 A pastor having the best day of his new ministry yesterday and feeling the tears flow down his own cheeks as his heart bursts into praise of thanksgiving for the faithfulness of God!
Great is Thy Faithfulness!

Great is Thy Faithfulness…
See you Sunday!

Laugh often and Fear not!

Pray without ceasing…


Of all the things Jesus did on this earth, miracles, healings, raising people from the dead, preaching, teaching, debating with the religious leaders – the Disciples only asked Him to teach them one thing… PRAY!

Based on Matthew 6:9-13 (The Lord’s Prayer) and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (Pray without ceasing), this past Sunday’s Sermon delved into that which Jesus taught us how to do: Pray!

Laugh often and Fear not!


iWitness February

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I am very pleased to announce the publishing of “iWitness February”, a daily devotional for the month of February designed to stretch your imagination and assist in seeing the handiwork of God at work every day in everyday life with everyday people..

Available in Paperback

Available on Kindle

May you have the distinct privilege and joy of seeing God’s majestic handiwork each and every day!

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and fear not!



Pray without ceasing

One of the best quotes I have ever heard on prayer went like this:

“I never pray for more than two to three minutes…but then again, I never go more than ten minutes without prayer.”

When was the last time you gave some serious thought to the whole concept, idea and practice of prayer?

Has anyone ever taught you to pray?

I find it fascinating the disciples only asked Jesus to teach them one thing.

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One of my best friends in the whole wide world has a son named Grant.
Grant is an awesome tennis player!

Grant’s parents named him Grant because they came out to visit me and my wife when we lived in a town called “Grants Pass.”

Supposedly, President Ulysses S. Grant passed through there one time. So… naturally the people decided they should call that particular area of southern Oregon, “Grants Pass.” (Other Oregonians call it Grass Pants!)

I bought my first bicycle with a banana seat and U-shaped handlebars at a department store in Atlanta, Georgia called “Grants.”

The ever profound and soul searching song “Broken Hallelujah” is sung by Amy Grant!

Back in 2001, with my hip hairstyle, while sitting at a sidewalk cafe in the ski resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho two sisters (ages 9, 17) approached me with pen and paper in hand asking me if I was indeed Hugh Grant!

Making my way through seminary would have been much more difficult had it not been for the number of generous “grants” I received through some wonderful scholarship opportunities.

As you can tell, I love the noun and more specifically the verb – “grant”


I love the verb “grant” the most when the word “God” is in front of it.
Special thank you to American Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr for putting those two words together in the most eloquent way.

I have had a rather trying week and the way Reinhold uses the phrase “God grant” has become a mainstay for people like me everywhere who have a trying day, or week, or month or year or life… I am honored to share with you what Reinhold wrote after penning “God grant…”

God grant me grace to accept with serenity 
the things that cannot be changed, 
Courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,

Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.


These inspired words are commonly known as the “Serenity Prayer.”

I call it the “Grant” prayer…
There’s more than “serenity”…
There’s courage
There’s wisdom
There’s sin
There’s trust
There’s surrender
There’s God’s will
There’s happiness
There’s forever…
And then, there’s Amen!

And for some glorious reason when I utter the word, “Amen”, peace hovers and then descends upon my soul!

I guess maybe that’s why they call it “The Serenity Prayer.”
Such Serenity May God

Laugh often and Fear not!