Faith

2017… I’m Finally Ready For Ya!

2017… I’m Finally Ready For Ya!

It took me a solid month to get my goal setting, planning, vision, and dreams set for the year. Now I’m ready.  This blog post is more for my own sake than it is for anyone else. I believe in writing out my goals, sharing them, making them public, and always before me. So, let’s get started… and not in any particular order because they are all priority! Health I’m…

What Happened 20 Years Ago

What Happened 20 Years Ago

Twenty years ago I disembarked from a British Airways DC10 and stepped into the international terminal at Chicago O’Hare with my wife and two small girls. Twenty-four hours of flying and layovers is typically enough to make anyone’s brain feel like jello and their thoughts foggy – but the compounding of events that led to this moment would forever change me. I was dazed, deadpan, and totally numb. It was 20…

My First 18 Months @ Gateway

My First 18 Months @ Gateway

In September 2013, I went somewhat reluctantly to Gateway Church, at their new Grand Prairie campus. We had been over 13 years at one church, and 3+ years at another, but we believed God was moving us to a new church. We just didn’t know where. On this particular September Sunday, it was just my wife and I planning to attend the service as our kids were gone for the weekend. I say…

Finally… the End of the Road

Finally… the End of the Road

“Are we there yet?” When you’re on a long road trip, that is the question that is circling through everyone’s mind. 1,100 miles from Dallas to Disney World 750 miles from Dallas to family in Illinois 950 miles from Lincoln, IL to Ontario to go fishing 8,200 miles to fly from Chicago to Nairobi These are all trips I have been on multiple times. When does this journey end? Where…

5 Months Ago…

5 Months Ago…

Five months ago today I said goodbye to my mother at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL. She passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus. It had been a moment that I had prayed about for several years as I watched my mother’s health decline, and then exponentially degrade over the last 2-3 years. I prayed for her healing, but I also knew that this moment would come, where she would…

My Ideal Job

My Ideal Job

I’m sitting at the Gateway Cafe in Southlake, TX, wondering what it would take to walk away from everything… …I don’t know. Maybe it’s the Earl Grey Latte I’m drinking and the gloomy weather outside, but my mind is restless and it has wandered. Now, when I say “everything,” let me qualify that to mean my career, my business, my job. Not “every”thing… just everything that is my work. I’ve…

Coming On The Clouds

Coming On The Clouds

It has taken me awhile to process this… a dream I had not long ago. It was near the end of my sleep, that is all I know. When I awoke, it was time to get out of bed. How long it lasted up till that point, I do not know. I know they say dreams can feel like hours, but only be minutes. But, this was no ordinary dream….

Return and Restore – 2 Words for 2014

Return and Restore – 2 Words for 2014

Like 2013, I began this year on a journey to read through the Bible, one book per day (plus 3 Psalms per day).  As of today, February 7th, I completed the Old Testament, and have made it through Psalm 114. This year was different than last year. I’m not sure if it was my circumstances that changed how I heard things, or being the 2nd time through, if I was…

Highs and Lows

Highs and Lows

It’s been well over a month since I wrote something on my blog.  It’s been a month of extreme highs and lows. I left on December 8th for Orlando, Florida. With Traci, my wife and best friend in the world, where we spent 5 days at Disney World (sans kids) celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. We had the time of our life. We had been planning on this for awhile. We…

Greed, Unbelief, and Fear – Why I Didn’t Tithe – Part 2

Greed, Unbelief, and Fear – Why I Didn’t Tithe – Part 2

This is part 2 in a series. To read part 1, go here. I still didn’t completely understand why God has chosen to speak to me that morning in such an intimate way, back on October 6th. I didn’t think it was just arbitrary. But, if God wanted me to trust Him, then I would. I was tithing… and loving it. Then Came November 2 I was out for a…

Greed, Unbelief, and Fear – Why I Didn’t Tithe – Part 1

Greed, Unbelief, and Fear – Why I Didn’t Tithe – Part 1

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. I felt like the topic was important enough because it marks a 180 degree transformation and change of my previous belief and understanding. For the last 90-100 years of my life, I have adamantly believed that “tithing” has no place in the New Testament church. Giving yes. Tithing No. Essentially I taught that tithing was an Old Testament concept that was…

Staring at This Blankly

Staring at This Blankly

I’m not sure if “blankly” is a real word or even if it is proper grammar, but it is what I have been doing for the last 3 years. That’s kind of a sad testimony when you stop and think about it. Three years slipping by doing things with that blank look on your face. You know what I’m talking about. That passion-less existence That purpose-less existence That just-getting-by existence…