Merge (Part Three): Spiritual Discovery

Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Moses gives parents specific instructions on what they are to do with what he has just told them. What Moses said in v.7-9 is in the mentorship responsibility of parents. “What I have told you, you are now to teach your children.” This may surprise you, but the primary responsibility … Continue reading

Merge (Part Two): Spiritual Birth

These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. -Deuteronomy 6:6 It is not enough just to teach your children there is a God and that God is real, you must teach them how to have a relationship with the real God. Deuteronomy 6:6 is the hinge on which this great commandment swings. If you don’t believe it, then you can’t teach it. Too many American homes are obsessed with their children having some spirituality … Continue reading

MERGE (Part One): Combining the Influence of Church and Home

A Chinese Proverb states: “One generation plants the trees another gets the shade.” The summer weeks, my wife and I have spent much time alone together with our boys. Over the many miles we traveled, we were often reminded how both sets of our parents provided a moral grounding for what was right and wrong. (Her parents are celebrating 50 years of faithful, Christ-honoring marriage at the end of this month, and the same will be said of my parents … Continue reading

How to Be A Real Man

American masculinity is in crisis. Our nation’s future depends on men of all ages learning how to be a man – from real men. Too many men cannot identify with the characteristics of a real man. Most men sitting in a church on any given Sunday do not know the practicality of the blueprint God has laid on how to be the man that God has called him to be. The significance of each man’s contribution to society and the … Continue reading

Opposite Day

An old Seinfeld episode made us laugh when George behaved as if it was opposite day. What he was accustomed to doing, he would do the exact opposite on that day. I wonder how opposite the church has become today from what God established the church to be. Jesus actually cares for the people many churches repel. The Bible states that sinners and youth liked to hang out with Jesus. Now think about who did not enjoy His company? Who … Continue reading

War Room

Like it or not, every Christian is called to fight. There is too much to lose if we don’t, and more blessings than we can imagine when we do. C. S. Lewis wrote, “There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.” The most significant battle any one of us will ever face on this earth is not a conflict between people, political parties, passions or principles, … Continue reading

What Good Does My Little Tithe Do?

It’s a question many Christians ask when it comes to their personal stewardship. Elmer Bendiner in his book, The Fall of Fortresses,  tells the remarkable story of a B17 flying fortress that flew a bombing mission over Germany toward the end of World War II. The bomber took several direct hits from Nazi antiaircraft guns and a few actually hit the fuel tank. But miraculously the crippled aircraft made it back without exploding or running out of fuel. After landing, … Continue reading

Making Christmas Count

Almost every family has Christmas traditions. Finding ways to regularly remind us of God’s faithfulness in the past keeps us grounded. Traditions serve as milestone markers that connect precious memories with future goals. When something key happened in the life of Israel, they built an altar for future generations to remember the greatness of God. In our home, we maintain certain Christmas traditions too. Some are common (like decorating the Christmas tree, setting up the nativity, reading the Christmas story … Continue reading

Before the Sun Comes Up

“…Rising up early…He went out to a quiet place…to pray.” Mark 1:35 In a recent sermon I stated that we should start our mornings on our face and not on Facebook. It really comes down to priorities. You don’t have to wait until January 1st to end up making another resolution that will more than likely fizzle out. Start today. Get alone with the Lord every day. My favorite time with the Lord is before the sun comes up (of … Continue reading

Prayer for Revival

God promises that He will hear the cry of a humbled people (2 Chronicles 7:14). Mobberly has hundreds of humble warriors crying out to God for a fresh move of God in our church and revival in our land. I’m calling on us all to join together in prayer tonight in The Crossing from 6-7 p.m. With the Engage10K commitment day behind us and the presidential election before us, we desperately need a fresh move of God! East Texas needs … Continue reading