Lift Him up!

PRELUDE: Today kicks off a new series of messages  called “Lifting Him Up.” A look at God as He really is, and the many ways that Christ has also lifted us. TEXT: John 12 “32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die. “ INTRO: A.W. Tozer once said – “So necessary to the Church is a lofty concept of God that when that concept in any measure declines, the Church []

Being blessed through blessing

TEXT: Ps. 34 (1) 1 I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. BR: Ps. 34 1 I will bless the Lord at all times:  His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  2  My soul shall make her boast in the Lord:  The humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.  3  O magnify the Lord with me,  And let us exalt his name together.  4  I sought the Lord, and he heard me,  []

911 Memorial – 1 World Trade Center

During our time in New York, we had the opportunity to visit some of the sights; here’s a few shots of the memorial and museum site of the World Trade Center.  There’s an interesting story behind this firetruck and the team of Ladder 3.  I asked the tour guide about the truck, and that’s all she needed to inspire her to pour out her heart, and tell me the horrific story of this truck.  In short, the firetruck was parked at the base []

A bite of the Big Apple

  Not bad for the first 5 hours in NY!  Rev. Whitlock gave us the grand tour Friday evening.  The first ‘culture shock’ experiment was that Pastrami 1\2 sandwich you see:  the most awesome sandwich on Earth; I discovered it myself…Friday Night!  Fellowship Meeting today was great,  as lots of people showed up and we had a wonderful time. Our NY cultural shock for Saturday was ‘The Shake Shack’…best HAMBURGER on Earth!  And the shakes are frozen Custard 😎

As far as the East

Well, in spite of challenges with iPad blogging and iPhone photos, I’m getting the hang of this.  I left my laptop home, figuring I would blog with these other devices, only to discover that I didn’t know how to do it!  Anyway, my wife and I left Seattle around 3pm, and made it to Newark, NJ, after flying all evening on Tuesday.  We didn’t get to the hotel until 2am, due to the old outdated airport with its slow moving train and []


Think about it.  Millions cross paths each day in airports throughout the world. Except for some turn of events, most of them will never meet each other.  A few might exchange fleeting frowns over a bumped bag;  there will be conversations at cash registers and ticket lines;  and then there’s the occasional eye contact accompanied by a brief smile.  But who will find a new life long friend?  I wonder at some ocean waves, how they rush toward the shore, then suddenly retreat.  In this []

Home is where the heart is

Last night, in the Sunday evening service I preached about “Heading home” from the Gospel of John, chapter 14.  Funny, that I would be asked in the same night to write about what home means to me! In John 14 Jesus sought to allay the fears of His disciples regarding His imminent return to His place of origin, by saying… 14 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it []

Take a good look around!

For a blog with over 1,300 followers, lately I haven’t given you all much to follow. But instead of boring you with excuses, I’ve decided to floor it!  This year I’ll be progressively changing the look and feel, and maybe even the name of my blog, and accelerating my posting intervals on a host of subjects, including details of my travels. Never fear! I’m not going to stop publishing sermon outlines and lessons for you Bible lovers.  First and foremost,  I’m a []