Category Archives: Gospel

Leading by love vs. legislation

Before reading, choose not to be offended…just process this, get your brain thinking!

Obama made a big step today by sharing his “personal opinion”.  It just so happens that his personal feelings actually do affect more than just him, but that is beside the point.   His statement in support of same sex marriage was in response to a ruling yesterday in North Carolina defining marriage as between a man and a woman and upholding a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

As a bible believing Christian I am completely familiar with this subject, especially when pastoring a church called Open Life!  I believe every word written in the bible and it leads me to understand Continue reading Leading by love vs. legislation

Record day, amazing stories

Sunday was surely one for the memory book.  Open Life had our largest Sunday to date with 139 people present for our Easter Experience, “One Day to Change The World.”  So many guests made their way to Easter with family, neighbors, and friends.  Honored to have them with us and hoping to see them again in the coming weeks.

We promised to give $5 to Charity Water for every person in attendance Continue reading Record day, amazing stories

This was a first!

This week I did something I have never done before, and it is for the benefit of soo many!  I preached my Easter message to our pastoral staff at Open Life.

What would make me do something like this?  Simple: I want to reach the broadest audience with a very clear, memorable and creative talk that adequately brings people from all backgrounds to a place of comprehending what Jesus did through the cross and resurrection. Continue reading This was a first!

Who has the greatest reward?

I love stories of life change.  The impact simple actions of love can make in the lives of others.  Some come out of deep relationship and trust built over months and even year’s of time, but others need hope right now.  They need a divine intersection with someone who has the simple courage to put an opportunity for hope and purpose within their path.

This morning I watched this testimony below. It’s worth all 12 minutes of your life to view it, trust me.  It is the depiction of a person at the end or their hope, ready to end their life, who by divine chance received an invitation to church.  Believe it or not she comes and it’s not the service, or the message that captures her, but a person in the lobby.  Watch…

Continue reading Who has the greatest reward?

You are born an original don’t die a copy!

The last two weeks I have taken in some great conference talks, Team Church 2011, and The Global Leadership Summit.  I am still sorting through all the massive amounts of inspiring and insightful principles that were brought to clarity through the various communicators.  Seems God always expands my thinking during these conferences and ideas begin to flow.

One thought that came to me in my car will not rest within my head.  A passage from the Bible came to me with a different application than I had ever applied. Continue reading You are born an original don’t die a copy!

Living Life Open

Got an email today from someone I have never met.  Shows what can happen if we live in the community we serve.

I have always been a huge proponent of living in the city you go to church in.  Just a huge factor when it comes to doing life with people and your life having a chance to make an impact.

Maybe it’s meeting someone at Starbucks, the grocery store, or even the person who cuts your hair.  People are watching and taking notice of your life.

Here is an email I received today:

Good afternoon and Happy Monday!

I just wanted to say thank you for being an awesome light and man of God.  You’ve never met me, but my little sister cut your hair this weekend. She is not really living as a Christian and that is largely because she has been treated poorly and made to feel like crap by pastors in the past. She had great things to say about you. She said you were super nice and friendly!

Thank you for letting Christ shine through you, for loving others, and for being a great example that not all Christians are religious and legalistic.  I hope that sometime we can come check out your church.

I think God has many opportunities for us and many of them look like normal every day life!  Goes to show you never know how closely those you do life with are watching.

Make the most of your opportunities!