What is the key to success? People all over the world are trying to figure that out. Apparently most of them never do. Eighty percent of businesses fail in the first 18 months according to Bloomberg. Churches do better, but still after only four years 32% of them close their doors. And those numbers don’t reflect churches that stop growing and just hang on for … Continue reading The Happiness Factor
75 years ago, my parents were locked up. Their only crime – being born of Japanese descent. Like nearly 120,000 other Japanese-American citizens and legal Japanese immigrants, my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were taken far away from their homes and locked up behind barbed wire fences with armed guards in the middle of nowhere. My mom was taken to Arizona and my dad to … Continue reading What Have We Learned in 75 Years?
I think I know every line by heart. One of my favorite movies of all time is When Harry Met Sally… I’ve watched it more times than I can count. And there’s a part of me that’s admittedly a little like Harry. There’s probably a little Harry in all of us, and Sally too, which is why the movie is so relatable. But in particular … Continue reading These Are The Times That Try Men’s Souls
I hope I can be like Lisa Starr. Lisa was a friend of mine in high school and I thought she was really cute. But that’s not why I want to be like her. Sure I’d like for people to think I’m cute, but who doesn’t? Just kidding. I want to be like Lisa because she was the lone voice who stood up for me … Continue reading When The Going Gets Tough
We close our sermon series – Got Prayer? – with a word about how you should pray, but I don’t know if it’s what you think it is. Hopefully this message will offer something to think about. Eyes open or eyes closed? When you pray, if you pray, do you do it with your eyes open or closed? I think most people’s gut reaction is … Continue reading Are You There, God? It’s Me, Craig
Today’s message is the second in our three-part series on prayer. As I shared in the last sermon, prayer is something that has always fascinated me and I find people have very mixed theology about. Often times a person’s perception of prayer and what it can or cannot do makes for ideas that in the end are quite harmful to their ideas about God and … Continue reading Genie In A Bottle
Today’s message begins our three-part series on prayer. Prayer is something that has always fascinated me and I find people have very mixed theology about. Often times a person’s perception of prayer and what it can or cannot do makes for ideas that in the end are quite harmful to their ideas about God and his love for us. I hope that this series will … Continue reading Does Prayer Work?