Tag: love

Learning From Barry

  For nearly four decades, I’ve often been in the role of comforter—caring for those going through the death of a loved one.  As a pastor, I’ve been with hundreds of families before, during or after saying goodbye to a family member. But I learned something from Barry a few weeks ago that will help […]

He Lived the Message

  Two incredible men died nine days apart—February 22 and March 3, 2018. One was 99 and one was 88.  One was a world-renown pastor and evangelist. One was a local farmer and businessman. But they had many things in common and one thing can be said of both — “He lived the message.” Billy […]

The Priority of Priorities

  I’ve been working my way through the Top Ten. This is the last on the list. But certainly not the least on the list. Ever since I funneled four decades of leadership lessons into a 90-minute teaching session for a group of young millennial worship interns last summer, I’ve been unpacking each of them […]

30 Things I’ve Learned in 30 Years

  Thirty years ago, (April 19, 1987 on Easter Sunday) I had the privilege of being a spiritual mid-wife. I helped God birth one of His churches, Cape Christian. My wife Linda and two other couples, locked our arms in a common vision to reach young unchurched families.  Starting the first church in Cape Coral, […]

Friday is the Road to Sunday

  In his book, Six Hours One Friday, Max Lucado writes this prose: The Cross. It rests on the time line of history like a compelling diamond. It’s tragedy summons all sufferers. It’s absurdity attracts all critics. It’s hope lures all searchers.   My what a piece of wood! History has idolized it and despised […]

Valentine’s Day

Since this is the next-to-the-top viewed (around 3,000 times) of all my 200 posts over the last couple years, I thought it might be good for a rerun. Happy Valentine’s Day 2016 According to Hallmark’s research department, 190 million cards will be exchanged, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. This total excludes packaged kids […]

Happy Thanksgiving (Re-Post)

  Pumpkin-flavored drinks and breads, turkeys, football, Pilgrims, Native Americans and colorful leaves are standard diet and décor this time of year. Not sure which of these appeal to you, but this is the season of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the […]

5 Things I Learned Last Week

  It took me 61 years to finally have my first experience with such luxury—at the push of a button—people actually come to your bedside to meet your needs!  I arrived home a couple days ago from an unexpected 4 day staycation on the 4th floor of the 4 star “hotel” located on a major thoroughfare […]

5 Things to Help Your Marriage Thrive

  As a 21 year old, I stood expectantly at the front of a church filled with family and friends, vowing to love my college sweetheart until “death do us part.” Then the reception and away Linda Augsburger and I went on a much anticipated honeymoon. I thought I couldn’t love this woman any more […]

Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life

  This is a crazy conflicting week! Today, I am walking with a family through arguably the most horrific thing any human can experience—the death of their 5 year-old son in a traffic accident caused by the reckless decision of another driver. From leading a funeral for a kindergarten student in the morning to welcoming […]