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Worthy Investments

This has been a busy spring. The Lord has not only sustained us, He has graciously given much fruit for our efforts. As the Apostle Paul stated, "If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me." As the school year winds down at Conrad Academy, Orlando we turn loose students that Errin and I have spent another year invest our lives into. Working together as husband and wife in the same high school building has allowed us to model a Christian marriage and family to many wh have never seen God's design for marriage and family actually lived out. We have invest much time into students one-on-one and corporately. We have been to countless sporting events, driven buses, taught classes, worked projects together, and helped them get driver's permits. 

We have built deep relationships with parents and students. Daily we have sought to live the Second Commandment. We have also led many to the Lord and several are near coming to faith in Christ. Many young high s…
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Standardized Testing

Today at The Conrad Academy we have been giving the students throughout the school their yearly standardized test. This periodic testing is done in nearly all schools in our nation. Its a great way to determine who is learning the skills needed as they proceed to the next grade. Making sure our students are learning language skills, social science, math, science, and reading comprehension and that they are all developing adequately is important to ensure students can function in the learning environments we create. After all, teachers, administrators, and schools (learning environments) are the strategic systems we use to help students of all ages chase their dreams and become adults who contribute to society in a meaningful way.

So I've been thinking...
I know it's impossible to give a standardized test on Sunday morning to those gathered together for worship at our churches, but what if we could and did? The test would not be a Bible literacy test though that would be a good…

A Nugget For Palm Sunday

I have been making study preparation for Sunday morning worship on Palm Sunday to describe Jesus' walk to Calvary. He endured six illegal trails: 3 trials by the Jews and 3 trials by the Romans. During the trial before the Sanhedrin The Sanhedrin court consisted of 70 men and the acting High Priest Caiaphas. This particular session met a Caiaphas house in the middle of the night. it was at this trial Matthew reaches the Christological climax of this gospel.

Caiaphas asks Jesus, "are you the Christ, the Son of God?" and Jesus who has been mostly silent in the previous trial states, "It is as you said, nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven." (Matt. 26)

It's interesting that the High Priest pleads with Jesus to speak the truth by imploring Him with the statement, "I adjure you by the living God (Jesus Father)..." The High Priest thought he understoo…

Sermon Reflection: James 1:2-4 Consider The Joy

Today I continued preaching through the Book of James. I brought a message from James 1:2-4, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." Today's message was the culmination of a difficult season of life and the most challenging year I have ever had. I spoke out of my experience of being in God's refining fire of "trials of various kinds". I have experienced the refining fire of hardships that challenge a believer to look inward to consider the cost of following Jesus, that cause one to question his ability to withstand the heat to burn of the dross.

Link to today's message: Count It All Joy
I've had many ministry friends face the most challenging experiences that life can bring upon a human: rebellious kids, young daughters becomi…

Grateful God Cares

This is one of those weeks when I'm so grateful that the Lord can handle the stuff in my life that can cause me to be anxious and stressed. I wish I could determine the timing of how things work and how others need to best respond, but I cannot. So I've just confessed once again, There is a God, and I am not Him!

Sometimes we have to deal with future plans, livelihoods, and they affects they can have on others. A timeline for an answer regarding future activity ticks away. I confess that over the weekend I carried the issues that face me and their affects upon others on my shoulders. Admittedly, once again I was reminded my shoulders are not broad enough nor strong enough to carry the load. Plainly said, all this affected my attitude and outlook on the day. I got the reminder from my precious wife when she said, "snap out of it, give it to the Lord, I can't have you carrying what is not yours to carry." Easier said than done, but wise counsel taken to heart.

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The Season Of Sent

I'm not sure how we could be more ready to go. You say, GO? Go where? My reply is, "I don't know exactly where". But I'm ready! The LORD told Abraham, Moses, and others that they need to be ready to go and He would show them where. They didn't know where God was going to send or lead them but because of their trust in God they made preparation to go.

Errin and I seek to live out our faith in every way possible. We are not perfect people, we both have our faults, but one thing for certain....we seek to follow the LORD wholeheartedly. God has clearly led us to be ready to go. This is not some irresponsible activity we decided to do. Through much prayer and conversation we have positioned ourselves to be ready to go wherever God sends us! We have moved out of the house and into what we fondly call "temporary housing" also known as an apartment. We have sifted through all of our earthly possessions. We are in a lot of boxes siting in storage and the apa…