Why I love taking people to Israel

I can come up with a lot of answers to this question I received recently, but to put it simply: its discipleship. If you’ve heard of MERGE at Mobberly, you’ll recognize this sequence: Discovery, Ownership and Leadership. Discipling others includes each of these steps. For followers of Jesus Christ, discovering new facets of the Christian life is almost a common occurrence through reading His Word, trusting His leadership, gleaning from others in the faith and experiencing His grace in the … Continue reading

Resources on the End Times

Why do you think Jesus decided to leave the world for a time and then return, rather than staying on earth after His resurrection and preaching the gospel throughout the whole world, Himself? Do you eagerly long for Christ’s return? Do you ever think about the day you stand before Jesus and He will judge your works? Have you ever decided not to tackle a long-term project because you believe Christ’s return is near? Is Hell a literal fire? Is … Continue reading

Schedule Changes & Upcoming at Mobberly

Church family, Angie and I had an incredible week in Washington DC, as we met with other pastors and their wives from all over the nation. I am filled with excitement to be back in the pulpit this Sunday to continue our series The End is Near. You do not want to miss this exciting series. Pastor’s Forum on the End Times: Wednesday, May 2, 6 p.m., The Crossing Have questions about the End Times? Who doesn’t? This forum will … Continue reading

Luck – When Preparedness Meets Opportunity

I never prepay for gas, but this time I did. Ironically, I was wrong at guessing how much gas could fit into my tank. When my tank was full and I still had $4 left of gasoline to use, I mumbled under my breath, “Ok Lord, what am I going to do with $4 of free gas?” As I turned, I saw an unsightly 30 year old man carrying a small gas can approaching me. “Could you spare a couple … Continue reading

Prayer & Fasting

Fasting can appear to be a daunting task, but when combined with prayer and devotion to God, the rewards are endless. Fasting reveals our need of and reliance on God, while also strengthening our faith and trust in who He is. A fast can be difficult, but so often these difficulties are revealed during the process in the form of questions that one may never consider until the fast has begun.  My hope is to help alleviate some of those … Continue reading

Bible Reading Plans – Guest Writer, Paul Coleman

The single most significant element you can add to your life is seeking to understand the Bible. This starts with actually reading it for yourself daily. As you read it, you are confronted with questions: who wrote this, why did they write it, who did they write it to, what was happening in the lives of the people they were writing to, what did it mean to the first readers and how can I apply these truths to my life? … Continue reading

10 Ways to Spend Time Alone With God

Spending time alone with God each day is essential for continued growth and development. When we stop practicing this discipline we become distant from our Father and His Spirit ceases to bear fruit in our lives. Jesus modeled for all His disciples a life of dependency on God. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he [Jesus] got up, went out, and made his way to a deserted place; and there he was praying.” Mark 1:35 CSB. … Continue reading

No Insignificant Service

There is no such thing as insignificant service. I’ll say! We have no idea of the significance of small acts. So never belittle the little because it’s all important.  Real servants do every task with equal dedication because they know it all matters. It’s all important. Don’t mistake anonymous with insignificant.   Just because it’s not known doesn’t mean it’s unnecessary. I spoke with with a young woman who serves in children’s ministry this week who said, “I feel so good … Continue reading

From Sorrow to Spiritual Awakening

Perhaps it was the tone with which the news reporter spoke that caught my attention: “this little church is making a huge impact.” While this declaration is true, little is indeed much when God is in it. Many Americans are asking, “Where was God?” when the lone gunman murdered 26 members of First Baptist Sutherland Springs, Texas, but God was there too. In fact, what was meant for evil, God will use for good in the coming days. This little … Continue reading

The Heart of a True Worshipper

It may not be an exaggeration to say that most people know God today for what He does for them, rather than for who He is. That was the basic difference between Israel’s knowledge of God and Moses’ knowledge of Him. Israel knew God’s acts, but Moses knew God’s ways. We must learn to love Him for Who He is not just for what He does for us. The Franciscan monk Brother Lawrence, was one who had an intense love … Continue reading