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Sabbatical Reflections

As I return this coming Sunday, I want to begin with a word of overwhelming gratitude for this precious gift of renewal.  On Dec 24 the Elders laid prayerful hands on me as I walked into the next 3 months of this sabbatical gift that you, the church, were giving to me.  It has been an incredibly rewarding time of rest and renewal in my spirit and my mind. Having worked full-time in ministry for 25 years and 10 years…

1 Month To SABBATICAL

In just 4 weeks I’ll be stepping aside for rest, renewal, and refilling the tank. If you are new to RHC, you can read all about this in my first post and second post. Your support and encouragement have been such a blessing to me. Thank you. Sunday, December 24, in our morning assembly, we will recognize the beginning of this next season for me and the gift of rest I am being given. The candlelight service will be an…

2 Months to Sabbatical

We are just under two months until my planned sabbatical begins (which means it is less than 2 months to Christmas, don’t panic).   If you missed the previous post, 3 Months To Sabbatical, access it here.  I want to begin by expressing my deep gratitude towards the church for the way this news has been received over the past 10 months since it was first announced.  In preparing for the announcement and implementation I had anticipated at least a…

3 Months to Sabbatical

Redland Hills Family, It’s been a while since we talked about my upcoming sabbatical and now we are just 3 months away.  So I thought it might be helpful to give you a little more info and answer some of the frequently asked questions.   If you are new to the church, in January of this year I announced, after many months of planning with our Elders, that from January-March 2024 I would be entering a sabbatical.  If you are…

The Hour of Trial

Our journey through Revelation has just begun and there are so many questions to ask of the text already! Some we have dealt with on Sunday mornings, but there are many other verses we could spend extended time on. We want to highlight one of those here. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. Revelation…

You Have A Purpose

  Psalm 139:13 You[God] knit me together in my mother’s womb.  Knit- to join together, put together. I am as unique as a snowflake. My fingerprints are unique to only me. God has a plan for me! God gave me purpose! God has a purpose for your life- unique to you as well! Comprehending this statement is important because life without direction and purpose is futile. Please do not confuse busyness or achievement or success with purpose. Some people think…

Offended Christians

This is a reprint from a 2019 post, but because I have been having conversations with a lot of “offended” brothers and sisters in Christ, it’s worth re-posting. They are living in an “upset state of mind” over conversations, issues, and flat out gossip, for which they have no context: re-living (daily) the venomous words these moments have created- with no healing in sight. Being an offended christian is neither healthy nor pretty. What’s the deal about Christians being offended?…

How to Experience More Life and Light and Peace in a Broken World

Did you have an imaginary friend when you were little? Our imaginations are always active and continually influenced by things around us. As we grow older, we can forget how powerful they can be. We learn in Romans 8:6, “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” In our broken world, it is easy to imagine that we are alone when we are afraid or angry…

Bad Marriage Advice

We’ve all heard it. Someone, somewhere gave another human marriage advice so spectacularly bad that we cringed a little bit inside. Usually this someone was on a reality show. Or at a relative’s wedding.  Those unfortunate platitudes are easy to spot and just as easy to brush aside. Slightly more dangerous, however, are those bits of advice that seem very applicable and true on the surface, but become somewhat problematic if you look at them a little closer. Here are…

Boundaries – Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

Most of us have heard that phrase – good fences make good neighbors. But is that true? After all, aren’t we supposed to be breaking down barriers rather than putting them up? Don’t walls just keep people apart? Well, yes…and no. Let’s dive in, shall we?  History time! If we could go back in time to the Old West and journey beyond the borders of the Ponderosa and past the OK Corral, we would find ourselves embroiled in an age-old…

Social Media Tragedy

It would surprise us if it weren’t so common.  But every time it happens it still breaks our hearts.  This past week a famous relationship therapist revealed her 16 year old son, bored from the many months of quarantine, had been approached by a drug dealer on Snapchat.  The teen thought he was buying Xanax, but it was actually Xanax laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine, but 50 to 100 times more potent.  The teen was a…

Getting ahead in a digital world

Last weekend, my wife and I discovered our phones were running much slower than normal. We decided to go to the local AT&T store and see if we could wipe them of their content or if we were just out of luck. It turned out not be our lucky day, so we ended up having to upgrade. While waiting for our upgrade to be finished, my 4-year-old, Raegan turned to me and said, “Daddy, I want a phone too.” We…