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A legendary life l Worship

The snow is melted, the sun is beginning to warm things up here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and golf courses all around are getting busier and busier, as golf enthusiasts like many of you and myself are getting out to the practice range to...

 

Two hummingbirds and a leafless tree l Worship

One day last week I was sitting at my kitchen table enjoying my morning coffee. It was one of those November mornings where a hot cup of coffee with pumpkin spice flavoring was satisfying not only for how it tastes and for how its aroma filled the... Full story

 

The power of love l Worship

In addition to being the lead pastor at Mukilteo Foursquare Church, I’m also the lead singer for a Christian rock band called “Stormwalker.” You might be thinking, “Huh? A pastor in a rock band?” Yep! I love preaching the Gospel, but I...

 

Suicide: there is hope l Worship

In a day and age when we regularly hear about things trending either up or down, the sad reality is that when it comes to suicide, it’s been trending up at an alarming rate in recent years. Suicide has now become a public health crisis. The...

 

Winning and losing l Worship

With just a few days left, we’re nearing the end of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeonchang, South Korea. There are many things about the Olympics that I love: The national pride of all the athletes for their respective countries, the sense of...

 

When frustration invades, choose love

Do you ever find yourself getting into discussions or debates, either in person or on social media, over things like politics, social issues, religion, etc., only to find yourself feeling thoroughly frustrated, or maybe even downright angry? Well,... Full story

 

Our right to choose does not make all choices right | Worship

I’m so thankful that we live in a country – here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. – where freedom of choice is a value that we hold dearly. There are many countries in the world where that isn’t the case, and people find themselves living in a stat... Full story

 

Love is the most genuine expression of faith | Worship

Most of us have heard many times throughout our lives about how important it is to have faith in Christ, and for those of us who do have faith in Him as the Savior, we know that He calls us to express that faith to others. However, do we really know... Full story

 

Mending the wounds of broken relationships | Worship

The following is a rerun of a column that ran on July 8, 2009. -Ed. When it comes to what’s important in life, there is nothing more important that the relationships we have with other people. Whether it be a co-worker, a neighbor, a friend, a son...

 

A house divided cannot stand | Worship

In today’s day and age it can be really tough to maintain strong family bonds. While some of the greatest and most enjoyable experiences in life happen in the context of family, some of the greatest challenges and heartaches do as well, creating a...

 

Find hidden treasure within life’s trials | Worship

Trials and tribulations, and hardship and adversity are a part of life; some things that we all have to face. As much as we would like it to not be so, it’s reality and it’s never pleasant. How many people do you know who after hearing bad news...

 

Life at 2,500 feet above the ground | Worship

Last week was my birthday, and I had an unexpected surprise. A friend of mine sent me a text message, inviting me to go up with him in his airplane that he had recently purchased. Now, I’ve been up in a lot planes before. I’ve flown in Boeing...

 

Humidifying your life with life-giving Holy Spirit | Worship

Another winter has nearly come and gone, and once again we’ve lived up to our reputation as the ‘rainy state.’ Although, you may be surprised at this little factoid: Washington isn’t the rainiest state. In fact, it’s not even in the top...

 

Dealing with discouragement with God's help

Have you ever experienced extreme hardship that left you feeling so discouraged and so defeated that it squeezes the joy right out of you? Many of us have, and it’s no fun, to say the least! Many times we may even find ourselves feeling consumed...

 

Keep your anger under control

Last week, I had the rare privilege of speaking to a bunch of elementary school-aged kids at Cedar Springs Camp – and I had a blast! As a pastor, I love being able to share messages each week with our congregation, but there’s nothing like...

 

Embracing the Rain

I’ve lived in Washington nearly my whole life, but I’ve also traveled to a lot of other states, and I am convinced that Washington is by far one of the most beautiful states to live in. There is so much natural beauty here and so much to do that... Full story

 

There’s nothing like a face-to-face connection

With the advent of technology such as email, text messaging, Skype, Facebook, etc., it’s easier now to connect with people more than ever. Modern technology allows us to cross all kinds of physical boundaries to connect with friends and family who...

 

The justice system of God

Unless you have been living in a cave somewhere, I’m sure you’re aware of the Casey Anthony trial that concluded on July 5. No matter what your opinion of the verdict may be, this story is an incredibly sad one where a mother (Casey...

 

In the name of God

Throughout history, there have been people who have done things “in the name of God” to make a loud statement for God that couldn’t be ignore. Sadly, many have communicated a message that is completely contrary to who God is and...

 

Success in life

I recently heard a quote from Bono, the lead singer from the band U2 that caused me to stop and think. He was actually quoting what a pastor said to him one time. He said, “Stop asking God to bless what you’re doing. Get involved in what God is...

 

Comeback seasons for life

On Saturday, Sept.19th, Washington Husky football fans experienced one of the most exciting moments in Husky football history as the Huskies defeated the mighty No. 3 ranked USC Trojans on ABC in front of a national audience! As the final whistle...

 

Mending the wounds of broken relationships

When it comes to what's important in life, there is nothing more important that the relationships we have with other people. Whether it be a co-worker, a neighbor, a friend, a son or daughter, a spouse, etc., the relationships we form in life are...

 

Kids Spell Love T.I.M.E.

In today's fast paced world it's easy for those of us who are parents to get so caught up doing everything that we need to do that we can neglect to do one of the most important things; letting our kids know that we love them. It's not that we mean...

 

The fly on the wall

No doubt you've heard the phrase, "I wish I could be a fly on the wall." A person usually says that when they wish they could be in a room and hear or see what's going on without anyone knowing they are there. I was recently thinking about this...

 

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