Posts with the category “discipleship”
Pulling Back the Curtain on Satan (Part 1)
May 27th, 2021
If you’re a follower of Jesus, then you need to know that you have an enemy. His name is Satan and he has other spiritual forces under his control (Eph 6:12) that all have the main purpose of destroyi...
Why I’m Giving Fasting Another Chance
January 21st, 2021
Recently, I shared a message on fasting at Connection Church (you can watch it here). I have a love/hate relationship with fasting. Not only because I hate being far from food, and love being close to...
Distraction Hinders Connection
January 17th, 2021
When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing you do? For many of us, we grab our phones. According to a study done by Tony Reinke for his book, 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You, 54% of p...
New Year, New You
December 30th, 2020
It’s the end of the year. For most of us, it’s a time to dream, plan, and refocus our lives toward something new. We begin setting goals, making resolutions and asking the question, “What will I do in...
Christmas Tree Lessons
December 21st, 2020
The other day I heard about an innovative approach to taking care of your Christmas tree from a guy on the radio. They asked him what his secret was to making his tree last and he shared a piece of un...
5 Lies We Believe That Lead Us To Ignore God
December 16th, 2020
Do you find yourself ignoring God sometimes?When I was younger, I had a deficit when it came to my hearing. This was only according to my mom because whenever I had a hearing test at school, I passed ...
Advent: Waiting on Christ(mas)
December 3rd, 2020
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14Adding just one more peculiar occurrence to ...
Gratitude Isn’t Natural
November 24th, 2020
My wife took my 2- year old daughter to the craft store recently. As they walked through the aisles, my daughter began to express her wonderment with oohs and ahhs. She was captivated by the colorful ...
Corn Maze Faith
November 17th, 2020
A couple of weeks ago, Thrive Youth Ministry spent an evening at a corn maze. Getting lost in a corn maze is one thing. Getting lost in a corn maze, in the dark, with 45 middle school and high school ...
4 Ways to Pray for the Lost
November 13th, 2020
All of us have people in our lives who don’t know Jesus yet. God strategically places his people in relationships with those who have yet to turn their lives over to Christ. You might be tempted to t...
You Can’t Earn It
November 10th, 2020
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, ...
A Guy Named Rick
November 5th, 2020
I was around 11 years old when I met Rick. He was the guest speaker at Baptist Park, the camp where I spent my summers. Throughout my 12 years there – as a camper and a counselor – Rick was often the ...
6 Ways to Stay Spiritually and Mentally Healthy During Election Season
October 27th, 2020
A couple of Sundays ago we had a guest speaker at Connection Church named Jim Comenzo. He is a marriage and family therapist who spoke about mental health hygiene and its importance in our Christian w...
Good Advice is Good for Nothing
October 15th, 2020
Have you ever been given bad advice? Better yet, have you ever clicked on one of those advertisements for “good” advice?1 Weird Trick to Cut Belly Fat in Half7 Things God Hates… the Fifth One will Blo...
3 Ways to Party Well
October 13th, 2020
At many parties in southeastern Pennsylvania, you might find a unique item on the buffet line. It will be housed in a box with the name Corropolese on it and you’ll be tempted to call it pizza. But, t...
Don’t Just Hear, Listen
September 28th, 2020
If you’re following our church-wide Bible reading plan this year, you should be somewhere in the middle of the minor prophets. Maybe you’re a few days ahead which is great, or maybe you’re a few or mo...
Permission to Rest
September 20th, 2020
This Summer I had the great opportunity and privilege to go on a 10-week sabbatical. For 70 glorious days, I was freed up from my responsibilities as the Lead Pastor of Connection Church to spend time...
Good News for November
September 17th, 2020
There will be good news on November 4th. You won’t hear it from your favorite media outlet or on your social media feed. Here it is: Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (1 Timothy 6:15). No m...
September 10th, 2020
A few months ago (pre-COVID), I was doing some grocery shopping with my two little guys (ages 3 and 5). If you’ve ever been shopping with small children before, you understand the difficult task I had...
Don’t Die Waiting for Eternal Life
September 9th, 2020
My kids love Lucky Charms cereal and they get to have it on the occasional Saturday morning. But they have no idea how much more enjoyable cereal was when I was younger. What was in the cereal box was...
Watch Your Mouth
September 3rd, 2020
“It’s not what you said, it’s how you said it.” This phrase has come up so often in my life that it’s almost become a mantra. Maybe you can relate. It’s not that I’m an intentionally mean person; it’s...
God\'s Great Mercy
August 24th, 2020
From the time I was a little kid in Sunday School, I loved Bible stories. I grew up hearing about Adam and Eve, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath, and of course, Jesus… usually all on a flannelgra...
A Vaccine for Discontentment
August 17th, 2020
Last week, I was on vacation at the beach enjoying one of my favorite activities. As I was riding my bike along the nice flat roads watching the beautiful scenery pass by, I thought to myself, this is...
The Second Most Confusing Book in the Bible
August 6th, 2020
If you read the entire Bible in a year, you would find that some books are straightforward while others can be downright confusing. For modern readers, the book of Revelation often stands out as the m...
Would You Rather?
August 4th, 2020
I love a good game of Would You Rather? It’s really simple to play… in fact, let’s play now! Choose your preference:Would you rather… have more time or more money?Would you rather… explore space or th...
Bored with God
July 30th, 2020
Have you ever seen the Instagram account called subparparks? A graphic designer began reading 1-star Yelp reviews about national parks and decided to illustrate them. My favorite is the one about the ...
July 27th, 2020
I love Sunday mornings! For as long as I can remember, I was excited about being at church. When I was a kid, I would even walk to church – snow, rain or shine – even though my family didn’t attend. I...
How to Keep Jesus at the Center of Your Plans This Summer
July 16th, 2020
This has been an exceptionally odd year. There’s no denying it. We’ve all had to adjust our way of life to get through these past few months. From quarantine to schools being canceled, to trips being ...
How to Hear from God
July 8th, 2020
When the story of life receives an enormous plot twist, it’s only natural to want a word from the author. The headlines of this year have driven most of us to our knees, seeking God’s answers to our c...
Preach to Yourself
July 7th, 2020
If you ever step foot into a bookstore again, you will notice all of the different sections. One of the larger shelves of books is simply labeled “Self-Help.” Copies of books in this section are selli...
Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak
July 1st, 2020
One of my dearest friends is the queen of active listening. It’s one of the attributes I most appreciate about her. She has a heart that seeks to understand each person with whom she talks. And if you...
Are You Seeking Justice or Revenge?
June 24th, 2020
Years ago, I worked at a place where I was deeply hurt. I’ll spare you the sorted details; I’ll just say that I was physically, spiritually, and emotionally drained when I finally transitioned. What h...
The Challenge of Choosing Wise Words
June 17th, 2020
“In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.” James 3:5As I write this, our nation blazes with a fire of reckless words.Wor...
Listen, Learn, Love
June 4th, 2020
This past Tuesday, if you scrolled through your social media feed, I’m sure you saw blacked-out squares and rectangles being posted by people all across the country for #blackouttuesday. The purpose o...
Not the Whole Story
June 2nd, 2020
The book of Esther is full of excitement and drama but if you read it closely, you’ll see one big omission. God is never mentioned in the entire book. I’ve always thought this was odd but recently I l...
May 28th, 2020
Have you ever thought about what it would look like if sin never entered the world? What it would be like to not know greed, loneliness, anxiety, depression, and pain?What would it be like to love to ...
Sovereign Over Us
May 13th, 2020
Life has a way of throwing us curve balls that we are rarely well prepared for. I can break down my life into moments when things did not go my way, and I was forced to change course against my will. ...
Let Your Makeup Run
November 22nd, 2019
Why do you go to church on Sunday mornings? Do you go to see your friends? Do you go because you know it’s the right thing for your family? Do you go because the preacher is just so funny and relatabl...
October 11th, 2019
I probably say the phrase, “Be still!” twenty times a day. My youngest son, Lucas, never stops moving or squirming. He loves to climb and run and jump – he’s like a little lovable tornado.Lately, I fe...