At twelve-years-old, I distinctly remember a friend of a friend named Sally telling me that if I didn’t ask Jesus in my heart that I would go to hell when I died. This shocking and frightening statement haunted me for days since although not regular church attenders, my parents taught me that people go to … Continue reading Why Asking Jesus in Your Heart Isn’t Enough to Save You
Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray are lifelong friends who came to share their journey and lessons learned about friendship, community, and faith to the people of High Desert Church (HDC) in Victorville, CA. The Beginning It would seem Justin and Patrick were destined to be friends — their parents were friends in college and Justin’s … Continue reading I’ll Push You: A Journey of Friendship, Community and Faith
“I wish I could stop doubting Jesus,” my friend said, tears filling her eyes. “I just don’t know if He really cares. If He does, I’m not sensing it right now.” I've experienced times of doubt too. Have you? My doubts seem to come in the middle of the night with those nagging thoughts that … Continue reading God Can Handle Our Doubts
Are you aware that our nation has a law in place requiring our President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May? The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. … Continue reading NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER THURSDAY, MAY4, 2017
Imagine a friend invites you for dinner. She texts you a few hours beforehand, saying, save your appetite! When you sit down at her beautifully decorated table, centerpiece, cloth napkins and all, and she sets a plate in front of you, your mouth begins to water. The smell of mashed potatoes and brown gravy wafts … Continue reading GOD IS NOT A SIDE DISH
MISSIONARY PASTOR CELEBRATES 100th BIRTHDAY They say age is only a number. And they would be correct given the opportunity to meet 100-year-old Pastor Joseph Francis Penn. Saturday, April 22— a perfect Spring day— 150 friends and family members, including Joe’s 97-year-old-brother, Dan gathered for a celebration few of us can say we’ve attended or … Continue reading WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE 100-YEARS-OLD?