It Takes Time

The other day, my four-year-old son asked if I could help him grow an apple tree. I laughed, then realized he was dead serious. So, we cut open an apple, grabbed three seeds, a plastic cup, and some dirt, and grew an apple tree. Well, we started the process anyway....

9 Years Ago Today…

9 YEARS AGO TODAY 9 years ago today on a rainy Saturday night, Awaken Church opened its doors in Riverside Center for the very first time. We were renting a 2,400 square foot storefront in a downtown shopping center built in the 1970s. We launched with 44 adults and...

Cut Out the Middleman

Last Father’s Day, Jenn bought me a gift that neither of us knew I would love as much as I do. She bought me a coffee roaster. Well, actually, it’s a stove top popcorn popper with a thermometer in the lid. I. Love. It. I buy green coffee beans that ship straight to my...

In the Valley With You

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will...

This Changes Everything

Did you know that people who exercise regularly tend to eat healthier, sleep better, and spend wiser? How could that be? Could going to the gym actually have a positive impact on your wallet? Statistics say yes. Exercise is one example of what Charles Duhigg, author...

Prevent – Don’t Just Vent

“I JUST NEED TO VENT!” Next time you feel the urge to vent and “get something off your chest,” be careful. Hit the brakes, take a breath (or a few), and think about who you’re talking to and who you’re talking about. As relieving as it may feel to vent, it can...

Get Unified, Not Uniform

Black apron, black pants, white collared, button-up shirt, black shoes, green company-issued hat. That was my uniform when I worked at Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant in Albuquerque, NM when I was 16. I was a cashier/bus boy/drink re-filler/other grunt work doer. Maybe...

Fight to Unite

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion!...

Listen Up!

I recently went on a retreat with a group of pastors from around the nation, some just a few years in, others multiple decades into pastoring! One pastor in particular was 70 years old, married for 50 years, and has pastored for 33 years. The last thing I wanted to do...

The Benjamins

“It is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2 God has entrusted us with many things to steward (manage): relationships, finances, faith, suffering, and the list goes on. When God entrusts us with something to steward (manage, take care...