Contemplative Spirituality as a Way of Life

There are a number of challenging messages we hear on a regular basis that make living a Jesus-centered way of life very difficult. Last Sunday I shared a message in our (Restoration Church) Vision Gathering, entitled, “Recreating: Cultivating Contemplative Spirituality.” HERE is the audio.

Challenges to living a Jesus-centered way of life include…

  1. Happiness is found in having things (luxury lifestyle = happy)
  2. Get all you can for yourself, as quickly as you can
  3. Security is found in money, power, status, and good health
  4. Seek all the pleasure, convenience, and comfort you can
  5. God is irrelevant to everyday life
  6. There are no moral absolutes
  7. You’re not responsible for anyone but yourself
  8. Life on earth is all there is, YOLO!

No wonder it’s SO difficult to follow Jesus… isn’t it!

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

5 Benefits of Multiethnic Churches

THE Answer to the "Race" Issue of Our Time

Racial tension and conflict has flooded the news lately. Rather than point fingers and cast blame, I submit THE answer is quite simple. Not easy or quick, but transformational.

Racial tension

 

Racial (I prefer using the word ethnic) tensions exist in large part because we don’t listen to one another. It’s hard to understand someone who is different without knowing them. How many ethnically and culturally different people do we really know?

What’s in a Name?

Welcome Karis Leona Choy!

Karis Leona Choy was born on Thurs June 18th at 10:34pm! She is my fourth child but first daughter. Everything has changed!

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Father’s Day

Names Matter

The first human names were significant. Adam means “man” and Eve means “to live” or “have life.” The bible adds that Eve was the “mother of all.”

Throughout the bible the naming of and changing of names was significant. Abram (“exalted father”) changed to Abraham (“father of many”), and Cephas (“rock”) to Peter (“stone”).

Change Your Posture, Charge Your Power

When I emphasize the DO-ing part of evangelism I struggle. I struggle to just DO it. There are a million things I’d rather DO than go out and talk to strangers about something most of them don’t want to talk about.

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Can you relate? I’m sure you can. For one reason or another you just don’t tell people about Jesus. Or at least regularly. Maybe it’s been a minute since you brought someone new to a church service. Take heart, I want you to be encouraged!

I’m honored and excited to be speaking at The Village Community Church Sunday morning at 11am!

If you’re in the area it would be great to see you there!

Date: April 26, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Event: Speaking opportunity
Topic: Living a Missionary Posture
Venue: The Village Community Church
Location: Watkins Mill High School
Gaithersburg, MD
Public: Public

Restoration Church Next Steps

Excited and scared! Those words describe how my wife and I feel about this season of our lives and ministry. We are excited to be on a church planting team, and to be raising prayer and financial support. We are scared as we step out in faith like never before! Have you ever felt that way? Here’s my personal update and a few lessons I’m learning that might help you navigate a similar season of life.

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After years of preparation that included doctoral studies, reading stacks of books, attending conferences, church planting boot camp, and formal church planter assessments… we’re stepping forward to be part of Restoration Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland!

Epiphany Resource for Parents

The season from Thanksgiving to Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love the changing weather, the music, the food, the gatherings, the special concerts, church events, and parties! However, our family tries to focus on the real meaning by utilizing an advent wreath, special readings, and participating in special events. But what happens when it’s all over?

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Lindsey Bridges has put together a wonderful resource to help parents recover from the holidays! Anyone need something like that? We sure do!

Change Ahead! A look back, a look forward!

My blog has been dormant for a while! I’ve been working as a seasonal UPS Delivery Car Driver since October. There were a few stretches the last few weeks I didn’t see my kids for a few days! Change ahead!

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New Years gives us all an opportunity to reflect back and look forward. 2014 was a year full of change for me and my family. 2015 will be an even bigger year of change.

I’m excited and honored to speak at Mount Pleasant Church’s Sunday afternoon service. The third Sun of each month they focus on Evangelism and Missions.

My message will come from Luke 10:25-37, “Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing!”

Date: October 19, 2014
Time: 04:00-5:00 p.m.
Event: Speaking Opportunity
Venue: Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries
Public: Public

BIG Transition: Plans to Launch Restoration Church!

Life is full of transitions. From each stage of physical growth, schools, friends, marital status, churches, housing, and jobs. The last few months has been full of BIG transitions for our family. It’s a lame excuse, but that’s what’s kept me from writing. It’s been WAY too long since I’ve written a post! I apologize for not keeping you updated! This post outlines the transitions we’re going through that will culminate in launching Restoration Church in October 2015!

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