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Finding God in the Unexpected | A Christmas Message

When we think about the Christmas story, we often overlook the lineage of Jesus. In haste to meet the baby in the manger, we skip over the long list of too-difficult-to-pronouce names and jump right to the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But in doing so, we miss an integral part of the story. If you read Matthew’s account of Jesus’s genealogy, he includes an incredible description that, until today, I had never noticed. In Matthew 1:6 he says, “the […]

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Customized Jesus

I made the mistake of scrolling through social media during the recent Alabama special election. The ugliness and hate were being tossed like mud from both sides. But I was amazed at how much I saw the word, “Jesus”. In each case, Jesus and His words were being used as a defense mechanism to prove a righteous point. It was like watching two Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Jesus Robots throw haymakers back and forth. I’m concerned about the state of […]

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It’s About God

A couple of years ago, I was sitting on an airplane striking up a conversation with the guy beside me. Come to find out, one of his college buddies was a childhood friend of mine. As we continued to chat, he asked where I was headed and I shared that I was going to give a talk to a business group. When he asked what I was speaking about, I mentioned my book. My overview included words like, perspective and […]

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Confederate Statues and Taking Sides

There is a fierce battle raging in our country. The events in Charlottesville and the backlash that followed have sprouted bitter fruit from a crippled seed planted long ago. At a quick glance, the conversation is about Confederate statues, racism, and taking sides. Like a schoolyard fight, we line up on one side holding fast to our stereotypes, anger, and hatred for those across from us. But is that really the issue? In a moment of clarity, I feel like God […]

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This is a Spiritual Problem | A Call to Awaken Faith in our Cities

In the wake of events like those that recently took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, we are forced to wrestle with the darkest parts of the human condition—a darkness that isn’t only seen in the events themselves, but in the pain and backlash which follow. These moments peel back the veneer of progress and expose the deep wounds that have yet to heal. Looking at the division and hatred that still exists in the United States, is like looking underneath the […]

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Baptism, The Goodness of God, and Our Need For Revival

On July 15, 2017, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at Wrightsville Beach, I was baptized by my dear friend, Kevin Adams. Then, I had the honor and privilege of baptizing my oldest son, Matthew, and my mom, Mary Grey. To celebrate, we put together a short video below. For me, this event marks a new chapter in my life—a stepping in to my calling to pastor and lead people for God’s purposes. It’s because of this vision and because […]

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The Abundance of God

For the past six months, I have encountered the number 66 on almost a daily basis. Initially, I was scared that it meant something terrible was going to happen to me or to my family because the number 666 is associated with evil. But I calmed my initial fears, stopped living in my head, and began paying attention. Without fail, the number continued to reveal itself in my life. My cell phone battery would continually stay at 66 percent. The […]

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