Heal our Land?

God says that prayer moves his hand. That when his people pray, he does what he would not do if they had not prayed. “You do not have because you do not ask…”- James 4. (And yeah…you gotta ask with right motives, as the context makes clear. In his will, in submission to his Lordship.) God invites his people to …

You are not…But you are…

You’re not your mistakes. You are not your failures. But you are also not your successes. If you define yourself by your successes, you’ll be devastated when you fail. And we all do. If you are in Christ, that’s your identity. You are a new creation. You are in the process of becoming all God created you to be. And …

The Care and Feeding of Christian Women…

When she married you, she placed her future in your hands. If you have kids and walk away, there’s a GINORMOUS chance she’ll be in poverty for many years. Even if you don’t have children, she’s placing her future alongside yours. Tied to you. That’s a gamble she only makes if she believes you’re worth it. She needs to know…more …

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? …