Category: Sermons

Let It Go!: Giving UP Forgiveness

Forgiveness isn’t just what we should do for others, but what God wants us to do for ourselves

Don’t Tell! – Giving UP Anonymity

Two people: One you know and one you probably don’t. Frank Lloyd Wright is a world-famous architect whose works have been touted as being genius.  Even non-architects like myself have heard of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright who designed the Guggenheim Museum along with… Continue Reading “Don’t Tell! – Giving UP Anonymity”

The Wall of STUFF – Giving UP Things

How much STUFF can a person have? I teased my parents about being “hoarders” when I was in college because they used to have lots of stuff around the house.  At one point, my dad had a whole box of Dennison’s chili in his… Continue Reading “The Wall of STUFF – Giving UP Things”

The Long Game – Giving UP Giving

When we give out of selflessness, we gain far more

Plus It! – Giving UP Lent

Lou Green isn’t a household name, but his creation is. Back in 1962, Lou was the owner of a little fast food place in Cincinnati, Ohio and he was struggling with sales every Friday.  Business got to be so bad that he was making… Continue Reading “Plus It! – Giving UP Lent”

People of the Light

Food can trigger fond memories. Growing up, my dad’s cooking was fun to eat.  My mom was the master chef of the house, so eating my dad’s food was special because it didn’t happen often – usually on weekends when he was home from… Continue Reading “People of the Light”

As You Wish

Love is about mutual submission and speaking each other’s love language

First Date

I still remember our first date. It was on April 25, 2001.  Cassie and I met at a Tex-Mex restaurant called On the Border which was kind of in-between where we both lived at the time.  We shared a queso fundido de pollo for… Continue Reading “First Date”

The Bottom Line

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. How much do we believe this? Whether it’s in our personal lives, our careers, or… Continue Reading “The Bottom Line”

Seven Last Words

The climate crisis started decades ago. It’s on the top of many people’s minds now, but scientists have been warning us about this for a very long time.  Back in 1998 while earning my MA in Poli Sci at Long Beach State, we were… Continue Reading “Seven Last Words”