Slowing down the moment

Our oldest son just broke the barrier… He graduated from elementary school. Along with the normal reflection and lament, probably my bigger concern is how his movement from grade school to middle school will mean that the rest of our kids aren’t far behind. I remember when Ruben started Kindergarten. Then the year flashed by…

Someone asked me

“What can I do when I’m being tempted?” 1.) RESIST the Devil and he will flee from you. Rebuke the tempter out loud and “in Jesus’ name.” 2.) CONFESS your sins to one another. Call a brother or sister or pastor and be honest about what you’re dealing with. 3.) READ your Bible every day….

Love and Respect

Coming up towards our wedding day, Alicia & I were as in love as two people could be. We were confident in our ability to have a great life together… We had done all the premarital counseling with a very close pastor friend, so it was a thorough walk-through of the potential pitfalls of marriage….

Peer pressure

Last night, I had another conversation with my boys in an ongoing series about Peer Pressure. Peer Pressure is a powerful, mysterious force that can drive us to be someone we really don’t want to be. We can want to be liked by people we don’t really like ourselves. Be lured to desire things that we…

EduConnect at Old Town Ele

Some time ago, church leaders in the Austin area began to ask city leaders what they could do to make the most positive impact on our community. What they heard surprised them… Studies show a strong link between third-grade reading proficiency and future prospects for a positive adult live. A student who moves through the 3rd…

See You At The Pole

It was a stretch to get all 5 of our kids up a little earlier today but we made it (late) to See You At The Pole. In the past, we’ve maybe made it with just a couple of our kids or I think last year we sent our older kids to it, while I…

CHIC Day 4: Hump Day

Today was the day everyone fought being tired. Starting with the Project Blue 5k run in the morning after an especially long night created an experience for everyone, even if we all didn’t run or walk in the morning. If you’d like to pretend you came along the 5k imagine something like this:  600 people…

We were there!

Our youth and leaders who attended CHIC2015 are now back and (nearly) recovered from their week in Tennessee.   As the pastor, to be hear that stories of how their lives were shifted is so exciting because I know how much prayer and work was done in sending and covering over them. This was truly an…