Posts by pastorj


The Verbs #31 (Disable Fear)

“The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.” Proverbs 29:25 The Message(MSG) Have you ever been afraid to step out and do something for God, because you were so afraid of what others may think of you? Have you ever let that fear disable you to the point that you […]


The Verbs #30 (No Doubt)

 5–6 The believer replied, “Every promise of God proves true; he protects everyone who runs to him for help. So don’t second-guess him; he might take you to task and show up your lies.” Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (Pr 30:5–6). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress. One of my favorite memories of my […]


The Verbs #26 (Put the Fire Out)

  “When you run out of wood, the fire goes out; when the gossip ends, the quarrel dies down.” Proverbs 26:20 MSG  Many relationships have been destroyed, by one individual feeling they had to get the last word in. The reality of that notion is often it is the last word. That last word is […]


The Verbs #28 (Lend)

“Be generous to the poor—you’ll never go hungry; shut your eyes to their needs, and run a gauntlet of curses.” Proverbs 28:27 MSG In June of 2010, this scripture became imprinted in my mind. The night it happened literally changed the entire trajectory of the Worship Center. Melissa and I were chaperoning the youth department […]


The Verbs #27 (Sharpen)

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:17 NLT When reading through the Bible, one cannot help but see that God certainly designed us for community. It’s become a common theme among churches and church communities to state “we are better together”! That’s exactly the goal that God had in mind. […]


The Verbs #29 (undeserved)

A few years ago, I was having the physical battle of my life! I had never dealt with physical ailments to this degree before, and I was so confused about what was going on in my body. I was scared, afraid and more worried than I ever let on. It came almost without warning. I was […]


The Verbs #25 (Leave something Behind)

“Don’t jump to conclusions—there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw. In the heat of an argument, don’t betray confidences; Word is sure to get around, and no one will trust you. The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry, And a wise friend’s timely […]


The Verbs #24 (Don’t Faint)

If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place. Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (Pr 24:10). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress. One of the great misnomers about being a Christian is the thought we will not experience any difficulty. This scripture is […]


The Verbs #23 (Do What I Do)

Dear child, I want your full attention; please do what I show you. Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (Pr 23:26). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress. For much of my life, I caught more than I was taught! I mopped up what those around me were dropping. Of course, there is also those […]


The Verbs #22 (Protect Your Name)

A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank. Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (Pr 22:1). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.   The King James Version renders that verse… A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, And loving favour rather than silver and gold. […]

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