“Therefore every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Matthew 3:10

     One thing I love to do while living in Mobile, is driving through Spring Hill or Dauphin Street under all of the trees on the way to do hospital visits. There is nothing like good shade! How rooted are those trees? How old are those trees? Are they new trees that grew after a hurricane? All of these questions I have myself, but here lately, God has been challenging me about how “rooted” I am. What do you mean? Let me explain.

     Jesus cursed the fig tree for not producing fruit. We can look at a tree and see beautiful leaves, but Jesus did not call us to grow leaves. He called us to grow fruit. You and I cannot grow fruit if we are not connected to the main source – Jesus. I don’t care how many times you go to church, because just because you go to church does not make you a Christian, just like you standing in a garage doesn’t make you a car.

     The only way you and I will every bear fruit is to stay in the Word and stay on our knees. But, one of the things the Lord has challenged me with lately is if I stay rooted, my children, my family, and my students in my youth group will also be rooted. God did not call me to bear fruit so that I can eat my own fruit. He called me to grow fruit so that the people around me could eat my fruit. I can bring in the greatest food trucks every Wednesday nights, have 18 fog machines, 100 moving lights, the greatest youth band, and the biggest events (nothing morally wrong with any of those things) and still have surface Christian students. I’m sorry, but I want my family and students to experience the real, authentic Presence of the Almighty God.

     God has called my family, my students, and myself to go deeper. I choose to lead with integrity and authenticity because when storms come, I want my Source to be by my side. I choose to have a family that is dedicated and raised in the admonition of the Lord. I choose to teach my students, using techniques, sermon analogies, videos, and by my life, the truth that the world needs to hear without forsaking my beliefs in what God has taught me and shown me no matter what people say. I choose to not be another statistic. I choose not to follow the broad way and teach those around me to take the easy way out. God has called you and I for greater things. It’s time to hit our knees again and live in the Presence of God. Get rooted in the Lord, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord!

Quality Time


“But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8

Something very near and dear to me is my family. I love my parents, my in-laws, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc., but I love my wife and son more. I’ll quote one of my favorite preachers and say, “If you really want to make me mad, start messing with my family.” I have always been a man who cares for the sake of his family. By all means, whatever action is necessary, I will protect them and provide for them, as any man should.

Pastor Box preached an outstanding message Sunday morning from his new 7-week series entitled, “The Believer’s Checklist” and this week, he spoke on the subject of “Giving.” Pastor said something in his sermon that has really struck me and stuck with me this week. He said, “The average working dad spends 8 minutes with their children; and the average working mom spends 11 minutes with their children.” It broke my heart when I heard that.

There are 1,440 minutes in a day and if the average dad spends 8 minutes a day with their children, that means the average dad only spend 0.5% of their day with their children…not even 1% of their day. That is disgusting to me. God intended people to work, and I know some people work multiple jobs, and I thank God every day for the job I have and my wife has, but family time is important to me.

In order to experience great things, sometimes you have to say “no” to the good things. I look forward to coming home to my wife and son every day. I look forward to teaching him how to change the oil in his car, throw a baseball, shoot a basketball, ride his bicycle, and more. Why? Because God has put in me to be a father before anything else.

I pray today that you would be encouraged, no matter how hard or long you work, remember to tell your kids you love them, pray for them daily, and love your spouse. A successful life does not mean all the riches and money in the world. Success means balance between family, faith, and finances. May God bless you today!

Remembering The Days of Old


“And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm…” -Deuteronomy 5:15

What has God delivered you from? Has there ever been a time in your life where you saw God move and work, but now, it’s almost as if everything is at a stand still…your prayers are hitting the walls, you feel like you’re not making any effect for the Kingdom, etc.? My one question to you is this: what has God brought you from?

This morning, I caught myself looking at some old pictures on my computer in the office and as I sat looking at them, and I began to think about everything that had happened in the past few years of mine and Lindsey’s life – marriage, Kason being born, new ministry opportunities, growth, the valleys, the mountain tops, the highs, the lows, the good, the bad, the ugly, etc.

Here is one thing that I am confident of: If God did it before, He will do it again. He is faithful to His people. I think sometimes we forget the goodness of God and get our focus on the negatives of life and ministry, but this morning, I can’t do anything but praise Him for His goodness and faithfulness to me and my family.

In John 6:1-14, Jesus had just performed a miracle to the people in front of the Disciples. He had fed 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two small fish. Now tell me something…how can you feed 5 people with that much food? You can’t. It’s impossible, but remember: with God all things are possible. Jesus had just shown the Disciples that nothing is impossible to those who believe. Jesus tells the Disciples to “gather the scraps” and go to the boat as He goes afar to pray.

Next, a storm brews up from out of nowhere and all of a sudden the Disciples had lost faith and forgotten what Jesus had brought them out of. The “scraps” Jesus told them to gather was to be a reminder to them that, if He did it once, He will do it again! There was a storm before, deliverance came, then another storm came, and the Disciples lost everything amount of faith they had and focused on the storm instead of the One who controls the storm.

Listen to me today, readers: If you are going through a battle or a storm right now, remember that what He did before, He will do it again! It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but what we do know is that “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!” (Psalm 30:5). Your darkest hour might be upon you, but have faith, your deliverance, whose name is Jesus Christ is on His way! You are not forgotten, nor alone. He is with you always! Hold on to Jesus today!

A Generation That Seeks His Face


Who may ascend into the hill of the LordOr who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LordAnd righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face.” Psalm 24:3-6

This past weekend, about 55 of our students and leaders took off in a charter bus and church van to head to Winterfest 2015 in Knoxville, TN. Winterfest is a yearly conference held in the Thompson Bowling Arena in Knoxville where anywhere from 20,000-30,000+ meet to hear God’s Word, and worship together.

I believe as time gets old, times change, people change, things change. That’s just life. But…there is One who never changes. “How do you stay relevant in a time of trouble?” “How do you love kids who are never loved and don’t know what love is?” When you preach Jesus, relevancy goes out the window. Relevancy is not a worry to me. I will not wear a flat bill hat backwards with skinny jeans, and a mohawk, but I will be who God has made me to be and I will lead a generation into revival!

This year at Winterfest was honestly the best I’ve been a part of. I saw kids lay things down that only God can empower them to lay down. I saw relationships form. I saw doubt and frustration leave when the Presence of God came down. I saw kids on their faces by the power of an Almighty God.

Friday night was phenomenal, but Saturday night was my favorite of all nights. Samuel Rodriguez brought an incredible, powerful word that night. Altar call was great, but it didn’t stop there. We got back to the bus and one after one, kids were still weeping on the bus. One by one, they came up to the mic and gave a testimony. Testimony time started when we got on the bus and ended when we pulled into our cabin an hour and a half later.

We walk in, eat pizza, and have worship time. Service for us that night didn’t end until 1:30am. So, again, I ask…why have we doubted a generation like this? No, it’s not just “another conference”. No, it’s not just “emotion”. Stop with the excuses in your life to make you not believe in this generation! What we saw and experienced Saturday night could only be the product of parents and people praying for these kids on a daily basis. It was only a God thing. It was not an emotion. It was not another conference. It was not fake. It was real. What I saw was real. It was God in action!

There is still a generation that prays and seeks His face! There is still a generation on fire to do the will of an Almighty God. There is still hope! A teacher in our church went with us this weekend as a chaperone and she said Saturday night, “I have been in public schools my whole life and have watched how kids treat each other and their elders. I had lost all hope until tonight. These kids showed me that there is still hope!”

So, what is the point of this blog today? For one, I have wrote a blog in a while and needed to get back at it! Secondly, I ask that you would pray for this generation. Pray our youth group. Pray for our church. Pray for your youth and church. Pray for revival! Lastly, and maybe the main point, stop doubting this generation. As a Student Pastor, hearing people’s doubt doesn’t help anything. Am I defending my youth group and kids? Absolutely! This world needs more people like what I saw on Saturday night and less doubters.

I beg you and plead with you as I write this. Let God have control over your life. Sex, drugs, alcohol, fill in the blank, whatever it is you deal with, will never fully satisfy you like the love of an Almighty God in your life! I am praying that this generation would be a Jacob generation…a generation that prays and seeks His face…a generation that will be an overcomer in the darkness…a generation that loves their Jesus! It’s our time. It’s your time. Rise up and go to the next level with Jesus!

Called To Be An Example


“So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” John 13:12-15

Lindsey and I just recently watched the newest “Left Behind” movie. It was overall a good movie, but there was one scene that I really was intrigued by. After some of the people were raptured, there is a scene where the daughter walks into the church and sees the pastor at the altar standing there. I’m paraphrasing, but she looks at the pastor and says, “Everyone was taken, so why are you still here?” The pastor then looks at her and says, “I guess you need to believe what you preach.”

In John 13, Jesus shows the perfect picture of acting on what you believe on. Did Jesus have to believe in what the Father was doing? Absolutely! Jesus cried out, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. (Matthew 26:39)” 

Just like Jesus, we have to believe…and show what we preach! For Jesus, it wasn’t enough to just tell the people about Himself. He had to show them! Jesus went to places and told them about Christ and people would ask, “well, where is this so called Christ?” And Jesus would say, “He is right in front of you.”

Before Jesus could ever tell the Disciples to do something like wash someone’s feet, He had to first show them. And before Jesus could ever tell the Disciples about laying down their lives for someone, He had to first show them!

Before we can ever tell people about the goodness of our Lord and Savior, we first must believe it ourselves! Too many times in our lives do we miss an opportunity to tell and show someone about the mercy and love of God, because we lack the belief in our own lives.

Yes, it was a tradition in Palestine to wash the feet of your guest in your home. Yes, it was shown as an act of honor, but the true meaning of this is that Jesus was the ultimate example of how we are to live our lives! How can you tell someone that sex, drugs, and alcohol is wrong if you yourself don’t believe it? How can we as Christians tell people about the provision of God if we ourselves don’t believe it in the first place?

Your words are powerful, but your actions speak louder! Yes, I believe that Jesus died on the cross for the sin of the world. Yes, I don’t believe that its just another myth. I believe it is a present reality that can still take effect on the lives of the people today!

God is so real and I pray today as you read this, you would pray, search the Scriptures, and allow God to have full authority over your live today. Yes, following Jesus is hard, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, because what I have learned in my 25 years of living so far is that God knows exactly what He is doing…and even when I doubt Him and think everything is all lost, God shows Himself time and time again. Believe Jesus died for you. Make Heaven your future home today and go show the people in the world today that Jesus really is the Lord and Savior of your life!

Show and Tell


“Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. And He charged him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest…” Luke 5:13-14

Does anybody remember “Show and Tell” growing up? I remember our teacher would tell us to bring something special to bring to class to show and tell. Well, I wasn’t allowed to bring my dog or my brother, so I would bring a rookie baseball, football, or basketball card…or even this one time, I brought a mini football helmet that I had in my room that I loved. The class didn’t think it was as cool as I did, but nevertheless, it was cool!

I find it fascinating that Jesus tells the man who He healed from leprosy, “Don’t tell…go show!” Doesn’t this blow anyone else’s mind, too? What about our words? Are we to use our words still? How can we preach the Gospel without speaking? Did Jesus even want this person to share the Gospel? YES! Absolutely! In everything we do, should be showing Jesus, Him crucified, and the Gospel!

You see, in today’s society, words are fading things now. You tell someone something, but it might not be completely true, or it might be completely false…same thing, right? Well, now, you can’t tell anyone anything about Jesus. Scripture is fulfilled when Paul said, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

I think what Jesus might be trying to get across to the man who had leprosy, and even to us today, is that our words do have power in them, but we have even greater power in our actions! That man who had leprosy, I can imagine, was probably jumping for joy, because he no longer had an illness. He was healed by Jesus Himself! On the way to the priest, the man was probably showing everyone what had happened to him. Then when he gets to the priest, imagine this, he gets to him and shows him what Jesus did…instead of telling him what Jesus did.

I am not telling you to keep quiet and not tell people about what Jesus did on the Cross for you, but today, what I am challenging us to do is to SHOW what Jesus did and is doing! If they don’t believe, don’t worry. One day, every eye will see, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that He is Lord! One day, when Jesus calls us Home to glory, everything we have lived and worked for, and everything Jesus did in His life – being beaten, taken to the Cross, and killed for your sin, will be proven even more. Just wait. It’s coming. Are you ready? Show people the greatest Miracle that ever walked on Earth. Show people the joy, hope, grace, and salvation of YOUR life. Let’s go, show, and tell!

Just Do It


“Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you.” – Leviticus 20:7-8

It was in 1988 when Nike came out with the “Just Do It” slogan in a business meeting. The “Just Do It” campaign allowed Nike to further increase its share of the North American domestic sport-shoe business from 18% to 43%, (from $877 million to $9.2 billion in worldwide sales) from 1988 to 1998. Just those words alone brought a complete 360 for Nike Inc. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

It is one thing to hear a commandment, but it’s another thing to actually live that commandment out. When I first gave my heart to the Lord when I was 13 years old, I thought it was awesome to just sit and read (still do), but back then, I never got the concept that not only do you need to hear the Word, but you also need to live it out.

Why live it out, you ask? Not only is the Word of God the guide to your life, the Word of God also has power….power to change your mindset and lifestyle! God cares for you and I so much that He gave His only Son to die for our sin and give us the opportunity to come boldly to the throne of GRACE! 

Just like Nike coming out with the “Just Do It” slogan, we too must sometimes just say…”Just Do It!” And just like the sales of Nikes going up, our lives will be more blessed, and our families will be more blessed when we live out what God says!

I want you to ask an elderly saint, maybe a parent, grandparent, school teacher, Sunday School teacher, Pastor, Student Pastor, or an elderly layperson in your church about times where God has blessed them because they simply followed what God’s Word said and what God spoke to them to do.

God told Joshua to go around a city seven times and on the seventh time to scream. Think about how crazy they looked! But, the results of their obedience was spectacular! Today, let us not only hear the Word of God, but also, LIVE it out in our lives! Stand still, be obedient to the Lord, and see the salvation of God!