Soul Butter Station vol. 1 (Deliver Me-This is my Exodus)

Although taste varies from person to person, I’ve yet to meet somebody whose life has not been cataclysmically changed by an encounter with a lyric and/or melody, that wiggled its way into their soul. In fact, some musical masterpieces wake us up like the smell of a grandma’s kitchen, as she bakes homemade buttermilk biscuits, on a Saturday morning. Read More

What I’m learning from Angry Birds, public outbursts, and church people

My initial reaction was nausea… then the nausea was followed by deep sorrow…. My heart hurt for this young man. I’m almost sure that he was completely blind-sighted by the backlash caused by his shirt. I’m positive that all he wanted to do was share the gospel. Instead, he was tar and feathered by two bitter crows. Read More

Who & what are you commited to becoming?

Some questions rightfully deserve an answer…. This is one of them. – There is no need to allow others to dictate your outcome in life when you hold the key to setting your own course. – Set aside a time, today, to gain clarity over who and what you are becoming. – Ask yourself, “What… Read More

You have purpose

– The mere fact that God is breathing life into your soul, at this very moment, bears witness to the fact that you are meant to be alive and that you have an assignment to fulfill. – It’s easy to allow doubt and activity to distract you from your calling. Nevertheless, its just as easy… Read More

The best thing that you can work on today is….

– Each day presents us with 24 hours. – How we chose to invest the time allotted to us is completely up to us. – With so many things competing for our attention, it is important to remember to invest in ourselves. – There is no one more more qualified to help you fulfill your… Read More

Difficulty, God’s plan, & grace

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James… Read More

How to deal with feelings of abandonment

This is for those of you who have been feeling alone, neglected, or abandoned.
May the love of Jesus surround you as you walk this journey of life.  Read More

What I learned from passing judgment on others (Part 2)

I rehearsed a handful of responses as I walked toward their car. Although I didn’t know them, I was certain that they were going to ask me for money. Lately I had been approached by a number of transients asking for help. Rather than constantly giving money, I made a practice of keeping snacks in my car to give to give to those who were hungry. But honestly, I found this to be tiresome, and was no longer doing it with a joyful heart. Read More

What I learned from passing judgment on others (Part 1)

As I left the building, I saw the transient couple sitting in the beat-up-Yugo that I had seen earlier. Not wanting to engage in conversation, I tried to make a quick break to my car….. but before I got too far, I heard someone call out to me. “Pastor John! Can we talk to you?” Read More

Shadows

Refuse to allow the shadows of life to hold you captive. Use them to remind yourself that God is near. You were born to be victorious. *share with someone who could use some hope today* John Eli is a transformational life coach who has spent over 15 years mentoring individuals in life skills, career transitions, and… Read More