Thanksgiving, Even in Tribulation

Thanksgiving, Even in Tribulation

At Thanksgiving our family shares the usual list of what we are thankful for—good health, family, the delicious food, and so on. Our list, while accurate, is often deficient. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Paul admonishes the believers—those who are “in Christ” by virtue of...
Humbly and Boldly Unashamed

Humbly and Boldly Unashamed

I was challenged by the Psalmist this morning to live more unashamed of the gospel: “I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation. I have not concealed You loyal love and Your truth from the...
Live On Purpose

Live On Purpose

It’s already been a year since taking my new position as Pastor of Creekside Church. Where did the last 12 months go? My wife and I just dropped our youngest child off to begin her freshmen year in college. Where did the last 18 years go? The brevity of life we...
Prayer As A Priority

Prayer As A Priority

Two years ago, some good friends invited my wife Marla and me to join them at the Iowa State vs. Iowa Football Game in Ames, Iowa and we went. Our proclivity to participate in what we deem profitable reveals that gathering as a church family to pray is not very high...
Set Free

Set Free

Our celebration of Independence Day has come and gone, but I wonder if we know what it really means to be “set free” in our personal lives. As a boy I enjoyed the Fourth of July on my grandfather’s farm, where I shot off bottle rockets and sat on the wooden bench...