STAFF BLOG

Five Steps to Meet God on Sunday

If you're going to a Super Bowl party, you prepare food to bring. If you're going out for a nice dinner, you prepare a nice outfit to wear (or at least you trade out your busted up Locals slippahs for your nice pair of black Scotts). So how do you prepare to meet God...

Creating Epic Family Memories

Many families will be taking off over the next few months for vacations. Parents might be tempted to just drift through these trips (or just survive the stress of travel and near-constant togetherness), but these can be powerful times in the life of a family if we're...

Getting Free from FOMO

Imagine you’re sitting in bed at 9pm on a Friday night. You’re enjoying a book that you’ve been wanting to read. You’re only on page 4 when you see your phone light up with a notification. Your friend just posted a photo, along with a few of your other friends. They...

The Secret to a Happy and Healthy Marriage

I’ve had the privilege of officiating many weddings over the years. One thing I always look forward to is seeing how the bride and groom are dressed. A guy who usually slouches around in board-shorts and a T-shirt will be transformed for a day into a gentleman in a...

The Secret to Happiness: Better Relationships

Some professors at Harvard have been tracking happiness in America for more than 75 years, and they’ve found the biggest factor by far is satisfaction in our relationships. You want to be happy in life? You need better relationships.

The Sting is Gone

This Sunday we're celebrating how Jesus overcame the sting of death through his resurrection from the grave. That’s something to celebrate now, because the sting of death isn’t just something we experience at the end of life. It’s something we see every day. Maybe...

Why We Need the Resurrection

Our family lives at Costco. We get most of our food, supplies, furniture, and fashion from the monstrous piles in the Costco warehouse. After you pay for your 500-roll packs of toilet paper and 50-gallon drums of mayo, you head for the door. You're ready to get all...

Good News in Dicey Times

Last week in our community group, we were talking about what it is in life that makes us the most anxious. And we were almost unanimous with our answer: fear of the unknown. What makes us the most anxious in life is uncertainty in life. Wondering if your paycheck can...

Here’s a REAL self-esteem boost.

There’s nothing like teenagers to kill your self-esteem. I used to wrestle with my boys all the time. Not any more. I tried rolling with one of my teenage sons and tapped out in 30 seconds.”My back! My back!” He could only say, “Dad, you’re weak.” Later my daughter...

Finding Comfort in Confession

There’s a fascinating part of the story of Daniel that most people don’t notice. They’re too fixated on the lion’s den, fiery furnace, and crazy prophecies. In the middle of all those fantastical parts of the story, Daniel spends nearly an entire chapter confessing...