• Holy Land,  Lent,  unexpected blessings

    The Value of the Desert

    I shared this devotion in worship this weekend and wanted to share it with all of you as well. What is the value in the desert? This question was raised to our group as we toured the Holy Land this past holiday season. Sounds like an odd question to ask, because what could such a barren place possibly offer?  For the Israelites, this was a wilderness full of wandering. For Jesus, he experienced temptation and fasting for 40 days. How could this place have any value? Yet, God taught me about His provision of water in these desert places.  In the Jordan River, Jesus was baptized by John to show us…

  • Holy Land,  Lent,  unexpected blessings

    Passport to Jesus: Temple Mount

    I am leading a Bible study during the season of Lent at my church about Holy Week. I began this weekend and due to the advancement of technology we were able to live stream it! This is one of the ways you can learn more about my experience and connect it to your own faith journey. Blog posts and pictures are still in progress, but hopefully this is a tool that you can use in your own walk through Lent and study of God’s Word! Check out the live stream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX9S1k00qDk&feature=youtu.be

  • blog update,  Faith & Life,  Holy Land,  Inspired,  unexpected blessings

    “Welcome Home!”

    I am excited to share with you about my trip to the Holy Land, which I experienced just about a month ago.  This weekend was my first one back with my local community of believers. It’s the best way to explain how I plan to approach what I share with you.  While “Welcome Home” is a sentiment many of you have and will say to me, it’s actually the first thing our tour guide said to us when we got on the bus in Israel.  The Holy Land is where God created humanity, therefore it is our home. It’s the place where Jesus was born, taught and died, therefore it’s…

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    Savor the Savior

    “ But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19 (ESV) Pictures are powerful. They evoke memories of experiences. They take you back to the time and place and people who were/are a part of your life. This must have been one of the first pictures I took and posted on social media in 2005. It takes me back to my college days and the friends I made. But at the time, I didn’t who care who saw the photo. It was just the new trend to post it for others to see. Remember a time when we lived life, took photos and enjoyed the moments?…

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    Stress

    I went to a new doctor this week for a regular check up, and when I got on the scale, the number was one I had never seen before. It wasn’t bad, it just confirmed how stress has wreaked havoc on my body for the last several years. I came to the realization that I can’t casually discuss this concern with just anyone in my daily life. Many people that know me, have made assumptions that because I look a certain way, I don’t have to do anything to take care of my health. In casual conversations, many times, I am told I can eat whatever I want, wear whatever…

  • Faith & Life,  unexpected blessings

    Abishai

    We met on the metro on our trip home from downtown. We had both just witnessed a rather strange occurrence. A kid got off the metro as I sat and waited to continue. Immediately he was tackled to the ground by police. He was trying to sell dope, the police officer told the lady on the platform as he put handcuffs on him. The kid didn’t seem suspicious at all and he said he was innocent. Another police officer came on our car and searched it. He walked right by me. I noticed another passenger who was witnessing these events with a sense of anxiety as we waited. The police…

  • Faith & Life,  unexpected blessings

    An Open Letter to my fellow ministers of the Gospel

    Last week, I was saying my prayers at bed time, and as I approached talking to God about a very specific conversation I needed to have, I experienced something I had only previously read in Scripture. The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I…

  • Faith & Life,  unexpected blessings

    What I’m learning…

    As I reflect on interactions I’ve had in the past couple of days, I ask myself the question, “Is it better to speak up and share, even if I didn’t have all the facts, or is it better to not speak at all?” We live in an age where it’s hard to wait when something happens. We’ve created a culture where first one to speak gets the worm. But the risk is that you get something wrong, and you pay for it, sometimes quite harshly. When I posted a few days ago, I had thought long and hard about it. I had had a few important conversations with those around…

  • blog update,  One Word,  unexpected blessings

    2019: Time to LIVE

    As I reflected on 2018 and began thinking about what word and Bible passage I wanted to focus on in 2019, the word, “Live,” came to mind. I spent a lot of 2018 worrying about how I wanted to change things, instead of living in the moment of each day. I haven’t had the energy to truly live the way God intended me to. I’m ready to live out the life gifted to me in 2019. And not just living ,but living like Jesus. What does that look like? It certainly won’t look perfect, but as much talking that has gone on in these past years, I am ready to…