I CAN’T GET NO SATISFACTION (but I’m entitled to)

Entitlement. The word is splashed across social media, the news, talk shows, and books. An entitlement mentality says, “You owe me.” It demands that you do something for me. Treat me special or unique—just because. And yet I have no particular responsibility in return. Tragically, this entitlement mentality has spread even into the church. According … Continue reading I CAN’T GET NO SATISFACTION (but I’m entitled to)

Lessons Jesus Taught Me through a Stray Cat

  God will often use everyday situations to teach me—today’s is a stray cat. First, the Story Through an open window from my home office, the pleasant autumn breeze carried with it a faint cry in the distance. I stood from my desk and the cries grew louder—sounding like mews of a frightened kitten. I … Continue reading Lessons Jesus Taught Me through a Stray Cat

Why Asking Jesus in Your Heart Isn’t Enough to Save You

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

What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say

A friend's husband unexpectedly moves out.  Your sister is passed up for the promotion she just knew she'd get. Someone you care about loses someone close to them. A co-worker is diagnosed with cancer. Life is replete with circumstances and situations—some more challenging than others. With the past week of natural disasters, many of us … Continue reading What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say

Six Warning Signs of a Hard Heart

Christians are supposed to be big hearted, kind and loving—right? I’ve been a Christian for many years and the truth is, the longer I serve in ministry, the more I realize I need to guard my heart against becoming hard. Like a police officer who sees crime and tragedy on a regular basis, he develops … Continue reading Six Warning Signs of a Hard Heart

I’ll Push You: A Journey of Friendship, Community and Faith

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