Unsung Hero – Carol Johnson
There is no denying that there is darkness in America today – the brokenness, the heartache, and the dysfunction. Much of our nation is abandoning Biblical principles, church attendance is on the decline, and many people do not believe that faith in Jesus is something beneficial, much less the essence of life.
So many times the negative headlines get more attention. Combine this with social media where the sensational travels so fast and the darkness seems to get all of the [...]
Rebecca – She Was Supposed To Be There
It was already late in the evening as we drove to our hotel. It was cold, snowy and windy, like most of the winter of 2014. But our hearts were warmed that night by the light of Christ which had shown for the first time in the hearts of many new believers at the rally we held, where we called people to a relationship with Jesus.
The kingdom was advanced and more youth were finding hope. Lost sheep were found and [...]
How Many Apples In Just One Seed?
It’s was Tuesday night in early February in a small town in Ohio. We were in the middle of nowhere. Actually, we were in the middle of what was a cornfield at a small church. The evangelistic rally outreach taking place that night had been in the works for months, along with the school assembly programs we did earlier in the day. The time was 6:50pm and the outreach was supposed to start in 10 minutes, but it had been [...]
A Book About Your Face?
I recently had a grandparent ask, “What is this book about your face?” I couldn’t help but laugh when I responded, ”You mean Facebook?”
“Kids don’t even talk to you anymore,” he replied. They’re always on their phones, but I guess they’re more like little computers now.”
I understand the concerns about social media and how some are saying we hardly communicate face to face any more. And I have no doubt there are some questionable things on the internet.
While there is [...]
All Access Pass
We were in Harlingen, TX in October for a free event called Praise Fest. It was right on the border of Mexico. The Newsboys were headlining and I was the keynote presenter who went on prior to their show, speaking to as many as 6,000 people.
It was phenomenal. In response to the gospel, hands went up everywhere! There were over 1,000 people who raised their hands and about 500 indicated they were new believers in Christ. God was truly at [...]
Maybe I’m Worth Loving
Truth is I don’t want to do another story from the road. I don’t want to share another story about abuse, neglect, heartache or another wounded kid. Those are the thoughts going on in my head right now.
Maybe you’re thinking the same thing. You probably don’t want to get your heart wrung out again either. But I don’t know what else to do because the stories keep coming. I can’t hide my head in the sand and pretend it’s not [...]
A Couple Bands Were A Little Loud For Me
We just celebrated our 15th annual Lifest. What an event! It went awesome and we’re still hearing stories about the ministry impact. While there I was talking with a mom and she told me she really enjoyed Mercy Me and Third Day. “But I have to be honest, Bob,” she said. “There were a couple bands that were a little loud for me and I don’t think they should’ve been at Lifest, especially on the Grandstand.” I smiled and replied, [...]
Bright Florescent Orange Shoelaces
The church service was about to begin and I gathered with the worship team for prayer, asking God to speak through the worship and message. I was preparing my heart to speak at a really cool, modern church plant near Chicago. As we stood in the circle I bowed my head to pray. But before my eyes closed I saw some really cool tennis shoes with bright florescent orange shoelaces.
They belonged to the drummer, Robbie. He was a very sharp [...]
Another Teen Addict: Kids Nowadays!
There she stood. Yet another teen addict. Statistics say that about 75% of students under 18 have tried illegal drugs or alcohol. One-third of them show signs of addiction. But she was more than a statistic.
Often, our first thought when we meet someone like her is, “What choices did she make to get her in this position? Kids nowadays! I’m sure she started out dabbing in casual drug use and went too far. She was probably trying to deal with [...]
Gangs in the Church
“Did you see it? Did you see it?” asked the pastor. He had come up to me excitedly and you could sense the combination of thrill and disbelief in his voice.
“See what?” I asked. “The two gangs!” was his response.
I tried to recall the two assembly programs I had done earlier in the day and panned the audience in my mind. “Oh, you mean in the schools?” I asked.
“No, right in front of you in the church while you were [...]