I’VE BEEN WRITING… A LOT.

Shhhh! I have a secret for you. Lean in close. As followers of my church planting blog, I wanted you to be the first to hear this… I am excited to finally announce that I have been hard at work writing my second book! For the past ten months, I’ve spent hundreds of...

You Know What It’s Like

We talk often about leaving your past in the past. “Don’t let your past dictate your future,” you’ll hear someone say. Or “Your past doesn’t need to control your present.” Those sentiments are true, but today I want to remind you of the importance of remembering your...

The Long Way Around

In Exodus 13, as Israel finally exits Egypt, plundering the Egyptians on their way out and proving once and for all the power of their God, they head out toward the promised land…well, kind of. God actually led them on a major detour. If you looked a map, you...

KEEPING VS. MAKING

Peacekeepers vs. Peacemakers. The difference is more than just a few letters or a suffix. A peacekeeper steps into an already peaceful situation and keeps the peace they did nothing to create. A peacemaker steps into a chaotic situation/relationship/environment and...

A Plan and a Promise

Moses’ calling into ministry in Exodus has to be one of my favorite stories. It’s so relatable. God has a huge, miraculous plan and Moses has a huge, detailed list of excuses. Sound familiar? God calls and commissions Moses in Exodus 3 and 4, and finally talks Moses...

Stone Rollers

Jesus had a knack for putting the “fun” back into funeral. Three times before He disarmed death at His own resurrection, He showed up to someone else’s funeral and breathed life back into a dead body. One of my favorite stories of His infamous resuscitations is in...

More Micaiahs, Please!

Bribery, plagiarism, half truths, and flat out lies… everywhere you turn and in many headlines you read, you’ll find stories of elaborate scams and intricately woven scandals. Our human tendency to bend the truth and follow the crowd has never been more prevalent as...

Jacob Vs. Esau

Coke vs. Pepsi. Nike vs. Adidas. UPS vs. FedEx. Lyft vs. Uber. Long before those modern day rivalries, there was Jacob vs. Esau. Rivalries are part of humanity, and this one in particular stretched all the way to the beginning of Jacob and Esau. Jacob got his name...

Lifemarks

One thing that fascinates my kids is animal footprints. Whenever we see them, they try to identify them: Is it a bird? Tiger? Llama? Just like animals, wherever we go, not only do we leave footmarks, but we leave our own mark by how we live. You might call them...

RAPID 🔥 Q&A

Recently I did some Q&A on Instagram, but the space was pretty limited there. As we come to the end of my church planting blog, I thought I’d take some time to expand on those answers. Here we go… Insight on building a team, recruiting volunteers (@andrewrael)...