• ** Reviewed,  Family Ministry

    The Evils of VBS

    It’s VBS season. Whether you like it or not chances are your church is probably doing VBS. That means that the internet is blowing up with discussions about VBS. Some of these discussions are very constructive sharing tips on how to make your VBS the best it can be. However, some of these discussions are less constructive. Year after year I read the same complaints about VBS. I’d like to take a few moments to address some of the most popular complaints. It’s just free daycare. Many complain because some parents use VBS as little more than free childcare. My response: SO WHAT! Many of these parents do this so that…

  • ** Reviewed,  Miscellaneous

    Rejected

    “As you come to him, the living stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him.” 1 Peter 2:4 Let’s face it at one point or another pretty  much all of us have experienced rejection. This can be a feeling so bad that many of us will avoid certain situations that might put us at risk for rejection. Maybe we never apply for the job we want for fear of not getting it. Maybe we never chase our dreams for fear of not reaching them. Maybe we never as the girl we like out for fear that she’ll say no. Whatever the circumstances, we have all…

  • ** Reviewed,  Family Ministry,  Parenting and Family Life

    GPS: Stop Yelling at Your Kids

    Some time ago I started a series called Greatest Parenting Struggles (GPS). You can find links to all the previous posts HERE. To start this series I asked my Facebook friends to tell me about their biggest struggles in parenting. Here is the response that I want to address today:  “Not yelling at them, when its the third or fourth time they have been asked to do a specific task.” I can’t speak for all parents, but for me and my wife this is a serious struggle. We are much better about it than we used to be, but it still creeps up from time to time. So, how do…

  • ** Reviewed,  Marriage

    The State of YOUR Union

    The Bible is clear that our most important relationship is with God. It teaches that to place anything, or anyone above this relationship is idolatry. It is also clear that our next priority should be the relationship with our spouse. In spite of this it can be easy for our attention to stray to other relationships, leaving our marriage to run on cruise control. This will damage our relationship and keep it from being all that it can be. Our parents are important. One of the relationships that can detract from our marriage is that with our parents. I love my parents and still have a great relationship with them.…

  • ** Reviewed,  Family Ministry,  Leadership

    How I Got Here

    Many of you have followed the journey that has brought me to FBC Tallassee. Along the way I have learned some valuable lessons. This may not be ground breaking, but it is something that I had to learn and I think it was a turning point for me in this journey. Stop seeking direction. Praying for direction is something many Christians do, especially those in leadership. In and of itself this is not a bad thing. After all, if Jesus is the Lord of our lives, then we should ask Him for direction in our life. Makes since. However, if we are not careful we can become so focused on seeking…