Happy Thanksgiving Week

November 24, 2015 — Leave a comment


Thanksgiving week is here and that means it’s time for my annual Thanksgiving week unplug.  This is where I unplug from everything and just focus on getting some much R&R – recharging and refocusing – for my body, my mind and my spirit.  So you won’t be hearing much from me this week – both on my blog and on twitter.

I will however still be doing my marriage book club scope with Marianne on Tuesday night at 8:45 pm EST.  Other than that, I’m off for the week.

Wishing you all a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14

All good things must come to an end.  Yesterday was the 5th and final message in one of the most eye-opening and life-transforming series’ we’ve ever done at The Well – IDENTITY CRISIS: The Search for Me.

The subject?  THE GREAT MASTERPIECE (ie, YOU!).  YOU were formed and fashioned by the hand of God – the same hand that is holding the universe together as we speak.  You were not just created by God as part of some assembly line output; you were “knit together” in your mother’s womb – ALL of you, warts and all.

Why?  Because YOU are not an ordinary creation.  YOU are a masterpiece…and you always will be!

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lifelong loveMarianne and I will be continuing our online book club TONIGHT at 8:45 pm EST.

Tonight we’ll be covering chapters 3 and 4: “Making the Last Things the First Today” and “The Glory of Spiritual Dependence.”

If you missed our first session on chapters 1 and 2, you can catch up by watching that scope here.

I’ll see you all tonight at 8:45 pm!

Be sure to download the Periscope app and follow me at FrAnthony to join in the conversation at 8:45 pm EST tonight.

How I Prepare My Sermons

November 18, 2015 — Leave a comment
I’ll be on Periscope LIVE today at 12:30 pm EST to discuss today’s post and answer your questions.  Be sure to download the app and follow me at FrAnthony to join in the conversation.

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“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”  (Romans 10:14)

Congratulations!  You’ve been called to a high office.  You’ve received a great honor.  Lives will forever be changed because of you.  Futures will be transformed.  In fact, every time you open your mouth, eternity hangs in the balance.


You may never have thought of yourself as a preacher, but if you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, you don’t really have much choice.

“For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!”  1 Corinthians 9:16

Being a preacher is one of the greatest honors (and responsibilities) that you’ll ever receive.  Whether you’re preaching in front of 500 people or just 5… whether it’s a sermon or a Sunday school lesson… whether it’s in front of your church or just in front of your children at home… YOU ARE CALLED TO PREACH IN SOME MANNER!

And yes, we preach first with our actions (I could see that one coming), but we don’t stop there.  A wise man once said “the world today needs audio-visual Christians.  They need to SEE our faith and they need to HEAR it as well.

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I’m trying something new and I’m starting tonight.lifelong love

Yesterday I picked up this book, A Lifelong Love: How to Have Lasting Intimacy, Friendship, and Purpose in Your Marriage and I couldn’t put it down.  Best book I’ve read about marriage in a long time.  And I think the message is exactly what so many married couples need to hear today!

So I’ve decided to share what I’m learning by starting an online book club on Periscope – beginning TONIGHT!  And the best news is that I won’t be alone on the scope…MARIANNE WILL BE ON WITH ME AS WELL!

Every Tuesday and Thursday evening for the next few weeks (excluding Thanksgiving of course), we’ll share what we’re learning from this book and how we are applying it to our own marriage and family life.

Why are we doing this?  Three reasons:

Reason #1:  Three weeks ago, Marianne and I did a joint Periscope session about our family night-time routine and it went so well that several people said they wanted more Marianne (no offense taken).

Reason #2:  I want to invest in my marriage and this will encourage/force me to do so (I work best under pressure).

Reason #3:  I want to invest in YOUR marriage because I believe the world is a better and safer place when families are strong and marriages are godly.  So this is my way of doing something about it.

So if you’re looking for a way to invest more in your marriage, put the kids to bed early tonight and join us for a 15-20 minute scope as we share what we’re learning from this fantastic book.

See you tonight!

Download the Periscope app and follow me at FrAnthony to join in the conversation at 8:45 pm EST tonight.

“We are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through Him who loved us.”
Romans 8:37

It’s the one desire that is universal among us all – the desire to CHANGE.  We all have some area of our lives that we feel powerless to change.  It could be a bad habit, or an addiction, or a relationship that just won’t seem to get back on track.  Whatever it may be, we often look at that circumstance and feel defeated.

But in the face of that, the Bible says we are “MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM.”  How can that be?  What does that mean?  My eyes see failure all around; how can Jesus look at me and see a conqueror?

That’s the topic of Part 4 in IDENTITY CRISIS: The Search for Me as we discover a) the authority that God has given to us as His children, and b) how to exercise that authority in our daily life.

Check out the video above to see for yourself.

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Did We Lose Our Way?

November 13, 2015 — 11 Comments
Today’s guest post is from my good friend, Dalia Fam – a missionary in Lusaka, Zambia who has guest posted before.  In today’s post, Dalia opens her heart and reveals a message God has been convicting her in recent weeks.  It’s a humbling example of what happens when we examine ourselves and allow God to point out areas that need repentance.  You can follow Dalia on Twitter (@AmaiAbusa) and also on her blog, Simple Life of an Orthodox Mission Mom.  And if you’re interested in guest posting on my blog, check out my Guest Post guidelines for more info.

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“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa

Jesus sat with the sinners.

He ate with and loved them.

He was surrounded by them.

As we grow in our churches and in our services, we started focusing our efforts on building the next generation. So the church of Zambia can be strong. But along the way, I started noticing something different. Our church became different.

When we first moved to Zambia, when a prostitute came into our church, even dressed in her clothing from her Saturday night activities, many of us would sit with her, feed her and hug her. She would cry with us and we loved her. Genuinely.

But this past Sunday, something changed in me. In our church.

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