The Care and Feeding of Christian Men…

Never pressure, push or complain that a man isn’t a spiritual leader in the family. Instead, pray for and encourage him to follow Jesus fully. Second, leadership may not be what you think it is. Most men aren’t equipped nor comfortable – or even called – to lead their families in daily devotions from the scriptures. But they can serve …

What You Believe…Matters

“Don’t wear that hat in Church! It’s disrespectful to God!” I was still new as a pastor. We were a “come as you are” church. One of our guys, an old-school dude in his 40’s or 50’s, saw a young man wearing a ball cap. Sitting in a chair, waiting for church to begin. The kid was a first time …

Today at Layman Church…

– We celebrated our last 9 AM service until Fall. We’re now back to 1 service (11 AM) through the Summer. – Many of us checked-in at Layman during the service, inviting friends and family to join us. – We looked forward to Allen Snell speaking next Sunday at 11 AM. – Several of our men began to finalize details …

Seasons Change…What Remains?

One thing is certain: Seasons Change Life has seasons. Times that are so good that are you don’t even recognize their greatness till that season is gone. Times that are so hard you think they’ll never end. One thing is certain: Seasons Change. They don’t need your permission. And you can’t stop them. But you can control your response. You …

Ball is in Your Court

What place, what circumstances, what limitations could you possibly face that would keep you from following Jesus and living fully for him? There is an answer, of course. But only one. Because even a jail cell or an aggressively oppressive and anti-Christian country can’t stop God’s people from loving Jesus and living for him. Someone might try to keep you …

The Call…and the Wait

There is the Call of God. It’s there. He calls. You’re sure. You’re geeked out and ready for it! Yeah baby! And then… And then… And then… (nothing). Understand, God often places a huge PAUSE right after the Promise of the Call. There’s a reason for it. Keep that thought- we’ll come back to it. Abram is told he and …

“Jesus is demon-possessed”

Prologue: Jesus was baptized by a non-denominational preacher. “What does that say about him? What- our guys weren’t “good enough” to baptize him?” He attended a wedding…and brought extra people with him. Who does this guy think he is? And then made more wine! Doesn’t he know that wine is the devil’s juice? Did he WANT them to get drunk? …

Don’t Follow Jesus…As a Teacher

Don’t follow Jesus as a teacher. At best, on a good, day, you’ll be really religious and people will think much of you. And Jesus will call you names. Jesus is a terrible teacher. I mean, seriously, who goes around calling their students “Satan” simply for trying to protect them? And it’s common knowledge that we’re supposed to be known …

How you speak…communicates Christ to them

Christ’s communication varied depending on the audience. To his disciples, he gave straight info and pointed, personal rebukes. To the crowds, he spoke mostly in parables. To the religious leaders as a whole, he gave condemnation in very harsh terms. To the people who sought him out, he showed love and spoke pure gospel. “Jesus, looking at him, loved him …

5 Small Changes…Huge Results

5 Small Changes that Can Produce HUGE Results It was tough. I was cycling as my main means of transport. Riding my bicycle everywhere. (Yeah, I was on skinny tires, wearing spandex and riding on the roads. Go ahead, hate me. But I was in the best shape of my life, tackling mountain climbs like they were easy downhill slopes). …