Isn’t persecution fun?

“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.” Matthew 5:10 Several years ago I had the privilege of listening to a missionary from China speak about the hardships of sharing Christ in a communist country. It was amazing to hear him talk about the great […]

Church in a jumpy

The words “church” and “jumpy” will soon go hand in hand when Fusion Church makes Pump It Up, “The Inflatable Party Zone,” its new location for Sunday service beginning November 11. “I think the hardest part will be keeping the parents out of the jumpies and in the service,” said Pastor Zachary Elliott. When asked, […]

The right place at the right time

I like to start things on Mondays. I’m not sure why, but if it’s a diet or if I decide to start working out, I like to start at the beginning of the week. It could be Tuesday and something weird in my brain says, “Wait to start until Monday; that way, you are starting […]

Really hot feet

I think most feet are ugly. Feet aren’t really known for their beauty. Take a guy who meets a girl for the first time. Sparks are flying, romance is in the air and he believes he has just met the woman of his dreams. I can guarantee you that later that night when he goes […]

A God-size hug

I spent several years working as a funeral director while I was going through Bible College. It was a tough job. It wasn’t physically hard but emotionally I was worn out from seeing grief every day. One of my duties as a director was to help the family select a casket. If any of you […]

No more rope

I have been in ministry for some time now and I still read the Bible and wonder, “What was God thinking?” Scripture says, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” (Matthew 5:3 TMT). I don’t know that I have ever […]

Quieting the rage in your life

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5 I read a statistic once that said it takes a person, on average, 11 seconds to become physically agitated while waiting for the elevator. That’s not very long considering it probably takes five seconds just to push the elevator button and look […]

10 to 1

It’s taken us ten weeks to cover the Ten Commandments. In that time I wonder what you have learned. Did you suddenly learn that murder was wrong, that children obeying their parents is good, using God’s name in vain is bad, church is important, you shouldn’t have idols and you should only serve the Lord? […]

Thief in the night

I was first caught stealing when I was about 6 or 7. Not that I am a klepto or anything, but I remember it quite clearly. My dad and I were at the store looking for some fishing gear. I desperately wanted some fishing weights, so I just thought I would take them. Putting them […]

It’s so dangerous

I am sure we have all heard the sixth commandment “You must not murder.” (Exodus 20:13) You don’t have to be an avid Bible reader to know that God doesn’t want us murdering each other. But as we all know violent crime is a real problem. Did you know that there were almost 17,000 murders, […]