Little Faith, Big Impact

Do you ever have experiences that just melt your heart? Experiences that reduce you to a puddle of emotion? I had one about a month ago. On most evenings our family of three sits down to have dinner together at the table.  (A practice I hope we are able to continue even as our son…

We Need Each Other

In July, I had the great privilege of joining our Senior High students and adults on their mission trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. As many know, I have lots of experience with children birth – sixth grade, but I have always been a little intimidated by them once they move on to junior high and high…

There Won’t Be Enough Movie Nights

Aimee and I went on a daytime date on Sunday to see Avengers: Endgame. Again. I cried. Again. That’s not what this blog is about. We got home and my daughters wanted to know if we liked it, and why we wanted to see it a second time. I tried to explain it to them,…

The Fireworks of Life

There are certain things in life that I continually struggle to describe in full. They are either so big, so complex or so full of emotion that words and pictures just don’t seem to describe them. So instead of trying to really describe those things, I compare them to fireworks. Before I really dive into…

Rely on God in any Situation/S’appuyez sur Dieu en toute Situation

God wants us to rely on Him through our hardships. Whether we lose our job, are persecuted or experience various hard knocks in life, our God loves us and stands with us in every trying situation as he did with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. According to Daniel 3:8-30, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, captive in Babylon,…

Holy Curiosity

Almost 20 years ago, I was invited over to Bill’s house for dinner because his older sister Judy was in town. I was invited because I knew Judy pretty well, we’d been together on several special occasions and I liked her a lot. When Judy visited, it was always an occasion because she was bigger…

UMW Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity

Putting faith, hope and love into action is a familiar phrase that defines who we are as United Methodist Women. Our local unit knows that in the DNA of UMW is the knowledge that the word “love” in the Methodist tradition is a verb requiring action, not merely a noun. On April 19, members of…

Faith in Action

While preparing for this summer’s upcoming mission trips, I have been reflecting a lot on my own mission trip experiences. My first mission trip was the summer after sixth grade and I still remember it quite vividly. This trip came at the end of a children’s leadership program at my church. We spent three years…

Baby Steps

ba·by step noun plural noun: baby steps a tentative act or measure that is the first stage in a long or challenging process.a very small step or advance in progress Over the last three months of being a new parent, one of the things I have noticed is how excited I get over the small…

Connecting with Communities, New & Old

About a month and a half ago, my wife and I packed up all of our possessions and moved from Northern California to Hurst, Texas. We left behind everything that we knew for a city that we had only been to once. We knew that moving so far away after recently getting married would be…

Gratitude

My heart is filled with gratitude for the rich experience First United Methodist Church of Hurst has brought me. At the same time, sadness settled in on my soul on Saturday night as I wandered through the building ensuring that I had not left any belongings behind and remembering the ministry that had taken place…

Sore

It all started well enough, but after what felt like three or four hours (actually 15 minutes) the woman on the megaphone said “great warm up! Now let’s get started.”