Running into Walls

This morning my son who is almost three found his older brothers spiderman mask from halloween a few years ago.  He placed it over his head and began to run around.  It only took a minute of running around until we heard him crying.  You see the mask was much too big for him and he couldn’t see through the eye holes.  They did not align with his eyes.  The result was him running into the wall full speed.  My wife picked him up and loved on him and then put him down and instructed him to be careful because the mask caused him to not be able to see.  He put the mask back on and ran straight into the wall within a few minutes. He cared more about the fact that it was fun wearing the mask than the fact that the mask wasn’t made for him and could result in pain.

I think about that story and I laugh that my son is so silly and maybe that he isn’t so bright.  But really he is no different than you and I.  Many times we go about life putting things into our lives that don’t line up with the eyes of scripture.  We blind ourselves to the dangers around and continually run into walls but we are not willing to take off the mask and align our lives with scripture.  Over and over again we feel the painful affects of a life not aligned with God’s law and God’s design for our lives and guess what the result is 100 % of the time?  Pain!

If you want to stop running into walls in your life and stop the painful affects of your actions let me admonish you to pursue after living under the protective covering of God’s Word.  Check out the following verses.

Luke 8:8  “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

Deut. 11:18  “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead                           as reminders”

Deut. 32:2   “Let my teaching fall on you like rain;let my speech settle like dew.Let my words fall like rain on tender                                                        grass, like gentle showers on young plants.”


Deut. 32:46  “Take to heart all the words of warning I have given you today. Pass them on as a command to your children so they                              will obey every word of these instructions.”

2 Sam.7:28   “For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to your servant.”


Psalm 49:3   “For my words are wise,and my thoughts are filled with insight.”


Psalm 119:57  “Lord, you are mine!I promise to obey your words!”


Psalm 119:147  “I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.”


Proverbs 4:4   “Take my words to heart.Follow my commands, and you will live.”


James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the WOrd, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says!


James 1:25 “Whoever…does not simply listen and then forget, but puts it into practice – that person will be blessed in what He does”


This is just the tip of the iceberg.  Get into God’s Word and put it into practice.  It’s time to stop running into






May 5, 2011 - Uncategorized    No Comments


On the wall of our shower sticks a suction cup clock so we know what time it is. I wake up, stumble to  the bathroom and get into the shower. I always look at that little clock because it shows me how much  time I have until I have to be at work. Based on what time it is I either can enjoy a long shower or I  can get in, get out and get ready. This morning I noticed that the clock was not working probably  because the battery is dead.

Seeing that clock stopped this morning reminded me that all of our time will come to a stop one day.  There are lots of verse in scripture about making good use of time. (If you want to look deeper into this  you can check out these verses on your own. Ps. 39:4, Ps. 90:12, Eccl. 12:1, Is. 55:6, Mt. 5:25, Luke 19:42, John 9:4, Rom. 13:11, 2 Cor. 6:2, Gal. 6:9,
Eph 5:15, Col. 4:5) God put these verses about our time in the Bible because time is important and time is limited.

Often times lately when my wife Jennifer refers to something in the future that we need to make preparations for a jokingly say that “we don’t need to worry about that since Jesus is coming on May 21st” referring to the latest prediction by Harold Camping.  Although I like to joke about that a little, the truth of the matter is that Jesus is coming back and when He comes back we will no longer have time for the things that we need to be doing now.

God also gave us many scriptures regarding the signs of the times. (For further study – Acts 3:21, I Thess. 5:1, 2 Thess 2, I Tim. 3:1)  Today I am going to be preparing dinner at the soup kitchen downtown.  What are you doing to show love to others around you today?  Take the time….we don’t know when the battery of time will run out and it will be too late.

Jul 27, 2010 - Life    No Comments

Philadelphia vs. Sioux City – Part 2

1.  In Sioux City people think I am metro!

Last week I was told by one of our staff guys who will remain anonymous that I am a metro-sexual because I drink vitamin water and have a few cool t-shirts. In Philadelphia I was the staff guy furthest away from being thought to be metro…just sayin’.

2.  Hawkeye gear is everywhere!!  I was grocery shopping the other day and I picked up bread, milk, cereal, and a Hawkeye flag for the front of our house.

3.   Philadelphia is known for a lot of things and one of them is their food.  I have been quite surprised to find a sandwich shop called Jimmy John’s that brings a little competition to a Philly favorite:  The Italian Hoagie. Although it’s got different bread, the local Italian hoagie is a definite player but I have yet to find anything that can compare to a Philly Cheese Steak! A side note”  (“Jimmy John’s” in Philadelphia was the name of a hotdog and burger joint that has been around since the 50’s.  )

Jul 15, 2010 - Family, Life    No Comments

Philadelphia vs Sioux City Part 1

Now that I have been at Sunnybrook for two full weeks I thought I would list a few differences that I have already noticed between Philadelphia & Sioux City.

  1. Drive through conversations:  The first day morning as I drove into work I stopped by Starbucks for a morning pick-me-up.  I knew things were a little different when the voice over the speaker said “This is _____, how are you doing today?”  I gave a “good” and then ordered my beverage.  They replied “Okay, we will meet you at the next window with your drink.”  So I pull forward to the window.  A man leans out the window and says “So what are you up to today?”  “Headed to work”, I replied.  The man went on talking about everything with me including the fact that he teaches marial arts and if I have kids I should bring them by.  In Philly, there are no conversations period.  There are only transactions!
  2. No Dunkin Donuts:  I have to confess that most mornings in Philly I would stop and get an ice carmel latte and would get my two boys a couple of donut holes on the way to work.  As sad as it is one of the first words my two year old said was “Donuts”.  I know McDonalds has their Ice Latte’s but they just are not the same.  I miss my Dunkin Donuts.
  3. Proximity: My wife Jennifer worked approximately 10 miles away from our home it it took her upwards to an hour of   travel.  I actually am able to come home for lunch with my wife and boys and still get back to work on time.  Everything is within 10 minutes for the most part.

I know these are little things but when they are part of your everyday routine, little changes are pretty big.  Even though there are no Dunkin Donuts I have to admit that living here in Sioux City has been a very pleasant surprise.  I miss my philly sports, more to come in part 2.

Jul 11, 2010 - Church, Family    No Comments

Good Morning!

I just finished leading my first official service at Sunnybrook Community Church in Sioux City, Iowa. I have been and still am in transition, hence the reason for not blogging. I am excited to get back in the loop and get into a routine again. I will try to begin blogging regularly in the next week or so. I better get going since I have one more service to lead in about ten minutes. I am so grateful for the Lord bringing us back home to Iowa & to our new church Sunnybrook. You have made us feel so welcomed! I look forward to doing life with you all!

Apr 23, 2010 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Encouraging Words

Yesterday while talking to a friend about life and the busyness of our family schedules he encouraged me with this passage.  It really spoke to my spirit and I want to pass it along to you.

In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you;I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”  Joshua 1:5-9 The Message

Take some time to mediate on this passage over the next few minutes, hours, and days.  It is so rich with encouragement!  No matter what you are going through whether you are on an emotional high or are in the depths of despair, God is for for you and He is with you with every step you take!