I can make you...

To my Son and Daughter,
I can make you go to school, But I can't make you get an education.
I can make you go to practice, But I can't make you an all-star.
I can make you go to church, But I can't make you go to heaven.
I can teach you how to be an adult, But I can't make you a real man/woman.
You see, I can do my best to teach you everything I know, to show you everything you will need to know, and to give you all the opportunity you will ever need to be successful. But there comes a point as you get older that you have to begin use the things your Mother and I give you. You have to choose to study, choose to work hard, choose to accept Christ, choose to mature.
We made you a human being, You must choose to become the individual God has called you to be. (1 Corinthians 7:17)

What Facts Bring to Light

While reading tonight, I came across a couple interesting facts.
Fact #1: 81% of Americans say they are concerned about the declining moral behavior in our nation. (
Fact #2: 34% of Americans say religion is "largely old-fashioned and out of date." That's up from 7% in 1957. (
Now I'm no rocket scientist, but I think I can take a shot in the dark at solving this predicament. Maybe the problems in this world aren't the fault of the President (past or present), Congress, guns, drugs, or any one thing. Maybe the problem is that as a nation we have lost our moral compass.  We have allowed God to be taken out of nearly everything, and then we wonder why morality is on the decline.  Have you ever taken a lamp from a room and then complained to the lamp for allowing the room to be dark?  It's not the lamp's fault that YOU removed it.  
Are we as Christians the perfect role models? Heck no, that's why we are Christians. If …

Christians SHOULD Live Differently

My generation has seen some of the most dramatic advances in technology, information, communication, medicine, and more over the past 20 years or so.  One would think that with all the changes we have seen in these areas that there would be a significant change in the behavior of people as well.  And while some may say that there has been a lot of change, a letter written around A.D. 55 actually suggests otherwise.

Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthian church around this time to address multiple issues going on in the church.  Keep that in mind - this letter was not written to the secular world, politicians, criminals, or non-believers, it was addressed to the church a/k/a the "good people."  But the world today is eerily similar to these Corinthians.  Lawsuits and litigation amongst believers (and non-believers) is high as it was in those days.  And sexual immorality which was celebrated back then even in the temple is glorified by main-stream media today.  So can we apply …

God is Not my GPS

Most people nowadays plug in their destination on GPS anytime we are heading somewhere any significant distance away even if it's a familiar location.  And if you're like me, when the GPS gives you and estimated travel time, your first thought is, "challenge accepted."  And if you're more like, you also try your own personal shortcuts sometimes only to hear the oh so polite, yet annoying, voice saying, "recalculating."

I've seen sayings on shirts and articles online about God being our GPS.  And I used to go along with that thought thinking it's cute and anytime we can get God in the conversation, there's potential for life change so that's always a plus.

But if we really think about it, God is not like a GPS.  With our GPS, we set our desired destination and it tells us a route that is either the fastest, shortest, or easiest to get there.  But with God, sometimes we don't know our final destination, much less the exact time that w…

When Your Vision Isn't 20/20

ABC's "The View" is blind.
I could write a long post analyzing their recent talking points and showing instances of hypocrisy and intolerance on the show but it's not worth my time and I honestly don't watch enough TV to be overly concerned with the opinions shared there.
But I will make one thing clear as it could be a matter of where someone spends eternity. In Joy Behar's 'apology' she stated, "I'm a Christian. I give money to the church. You know, I actually help Christians with my pocketbook, so I'm not insulting Christians."
Ma'am, any true Christian knows that going to church, giving to church, watching church, or anything like that does not make you a Christian. You receive salvation one way - "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." - Ephesians 2:8-9
You can't work your way, buy your way, or …

State of the Union

I'm not the president.  I'm not even actually in politics.  And I'm not quite 35 years old which puts me in the generation called Millennials.  And I would like to share with you what I perceive to be the true state of our country right now on three major issues.  Yes, there are more issues but I'll start by attempting to tackle these three first.

Gun Control
As a young man living in this country, where do I stand on gun control?  I believe that some households need three guns.  You need a handgun/pistol for personal protection to carry or have hidden in your home, a rifle for big game hunting (i.e. deer), and you need a shotgun for small game hunting (i.e. rabbits, birds, turkey etc.).  Does any one NEED an AR-15?  Honestly, I believe that if you feel like you need, not want, an AR-15 in your closet that your life or your neighborhood is a bit too dangerous for me.  Now with that being said, can you WANT an AR-15?  Absolutely.  Do I believe that if you are a responsib…

Was it Memorable?

There are moments in our lives that we can never forget.  They may be good or bad - a first kiss, our wedding day, birth of a child, death of a close friend or family member, a terminal diagnosis, graduations, or tragedies like 9/11.  Some of these moments are just etched in our brains never to be forgotten.  And there are other seemingly small moments that that didn't seem significant at the time but after years of reflection we realize the impact that a kind word or even a negative comment made on us.  It's easy for us to tell the stories of our proudest and most memorable accomplishments.  But what if one of the most important things we ever did is hard to remember?

I heard a sermon a few weeks ago about knowing your moment of salvation, remembering the exact moment that your whole entire world changed and Jesus came into your heart.  Some people shared detailed stories of the place, the day, the time, even the weather.  The preacher talked about the impact of knowing the d…