Over the past few weeks, I've had so many opportunities to see God at work! There are several people we are close to who are going through some difficult times. Some of them have serious health issues. Others are struggling with spiritual stuff. The fact is that we know a lot of people who are … Continue reading God is Still at Work
This afternoon, I spent some time relaxing by the lake, reflecting on a question I'm often asked by adults and students about how to grow in relationship with God. Here's a video I took while I was there.
Last night at youth group, we talked about how we need to let God take control, especially the things that are often out of our control. I'll be honest. When I was preparing for the lesson, I didn't think much of it. I had read the story about the centurion from Matthew 8 many times … Continue reading Letting God Take Control
This past weekend, I had the privilege of going to Chicago to be in a wedding for one of my best friends. Mark and I have been friends since our freshman year of college. We have been in small groups together, we have been roommates, and we have done ministry alongside one another. In fact, … Continue reading Marriage Reflections
This summer was packed full of speaking engagements, traveling, and many opportunities to talk with people from other churches. In fact, even though it was one of my busiest summers, it was one of the best for that very reason. I was able to hear God-stories from other places around New England. One thing that … Continue reading Excited for the Future
So, guess what! We've got about 30 high school students going on our mission trip this summer to VT. 30!! How awesome is that!? However, trips like this cost money. They have to pay for the supplies, transportation, housing, etc. while we are there. So, my question is this. Would you be willing to allow … Continue reading Please Consider Helping Our Students Serve at WorkcampNE 2012
The other day, we had really strong winds, and by the end of the day, our yard was covered in tree branches. Today, I finally went out to clean them up. As I went around picking up the large branches, I thought I was doing quite well. I stacked them in a nice pile between … Continue reading Not Being Able to See the Trees for the Forest
A contrast that has often boggled me is the idea of confidence and humility. I strongly believe we are to be both, but to be honest, I think this is a difficult balance. As our lead minister, Tom, says, "It's not one or the other, it's both." So, how are we to be both? How … Continue reading Confidence vs. Humility
Last night, as I sat on my couch, surrounded by my MacBook and iPhone, I watched CNN's coverage of Steve Jobs' death. All the while, I was also watching/listening to Leo Laporte's live podcast and reading about Mr. Jobs on my computer. Not only did I feel like a huge nerd, which I am, but … Continue reading Remembering Steve Jobs, Visionary
Today marks the opening of registration for The Orange Conference 2012. Many of you might be wondering why I am pushing this conference so much on here. Well, here you go... If you are like me, it is easy to get in a ministry rut. Days go by, and you continue doing ministry the same … Continue reading Why Go to Orange 2012?