4 Things I’m Learning Right Now

These 4 simple things keep popping up in my life, so I thought I’d share. 1. When I’m hurting, I need to dive into solitude. It reminds me that I don’t have to carry the burden alone, but that God will carry it for me. 2. I need to rest. Everyone wants to go 120mph […]

Blood, Sweat, Expletives, and Perspective!

I have a love/hate relationship with Ikea. I love the price and looks of it, but I abhor (is that a strong enough word?!) assembling it. And then there’s the Ikea cartoon guy. I hate him. He’s always so happy when working on the furniture. I’ve never looked like that. Cue last night. I spent […]

I Know What the Bible Says, but…

I know what the Bible says, but… When it comes to tithing, I hear so many excuses. The bottom line is this – most Christians are educated far beyond their means of obedience. We know what the Bible says, but find creative ways to disobey. We’ll say things like:   I know what the Bible […]

The Big Mo

Momentum. Every leader wants it. Sometimes you just have it. Other times you have to work to create it. Our church has grown in crazy spurts. It’s as if we’ll grow really fast, then stay at a certain level, then jump again. It feels like we’re in another one of those growing seasons. In this […]

Great Date Ideas Around Lakeland!

We’ve been talking in our “LOVE, MARRIAGE, BABY CARRIAGE” series about what it means to love, sacrifice for, constantly give to, honor, and fully trust to your spouse. One of the most common questions we get is this… HOW? 95% of that answer is simply being there. Being there to listen, love on, hold, comfort, […]

A Fresh Coat of Paint and Your Life

My friend, Eric, helping us paint… while posing! I hate moving. Hate it. This week, Access moved into a new office complex that will give us so much more room to grow as a staff, and also to host events, groups, meetings and so much more. It’s a HUGE blessing! That said, we had to […]

Things I’m excited about!

Here are a few upcoming things I’m SO excited about! I’m unbelievably excited about the new series we’re starting Sunday, “Love, Marriage, Baby Carriage.” This is going to be a STRONG series on Marriage, Sex, Relationships, and Kids. I hope you’ll join us and bring someone. This is a GREAT opportunity to invite that person […]

You Won’t Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolutions

Today is January 5. Have you dropped off of your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Statistically, most people have! I thought about making a resolution to gain 5 pounds this year, as I have successfully done that the last few years! Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity (better yet, challenge!) of telling several people […]

Good is the Enemy of Great

I woke up really early this morning with a thought I couldn’t shake. Good is the enemy of great. I began to run everything I do through that filter. Where in my life am I doing a good job? Am I a good husband? A good dad? A good pastor? A good leader? A good […]

Dear Access,

Dear Access, I am SO thankful for you. I love your heart for God. I love the way you worship passionately. I love the creative ways you serve each other and our community. I love how generous our church is becoming. I love that we live to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus […]