Tuesday, July 29, 2014

4 awesome steps to navigating uncertainty and finding God's will for your life.

"Is this really the church where God wants our young family?" That's the question my wife asked me about a month before our wedding. I was working at a church plant that was about a 45 minute drive from my home, and was actually in a different city. And I was making about a third of what I needed to support my new family. But not feeling certain about how to answer my wife's question, I regurgitated something I've heard other Christian men say - Let's pray about it. 

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Three days later, my boss asked me to submit my resignation so they could go a different direction with the music. It wasn't the answer to prayer I was looking for. Immediately, I started looking around for church jobs. I must have submitted my resume to twenty different churches in the month before our wedding. Then our wedding day came, and I still didn't have a job. So my wife married an unemployed musician. I'm sure her family was thrilled.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The thorn in your worship team's paw & how I'm plucking it out of mine

After church last Sunday, I had a rare opportunity to talk, about teamwork, with the youth worship team at my church. My youth director asked me to speak to them about some problems they had been having, but I really wanted to hear it from them. When our meeting began, I asked the students to explain their frustrations. And I was impressed by how forthcoming and honest they were.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

How my wife told me she's pregnant & my VERY honest response [Video]

One of my greatest mentors once said, "If God wants something to happen in your life, there's nothing you can do to stop it." And I have found that to be true, especially when it comes to the number of kids I have.

Allison and I had been talking about having another baby for a while. We were pretty much resolved to stick with the three kids we already have. In fact, I had even gotten a referral to a urologist to get snipped.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Why I Am So Honest About My Porn Addiction | I wrote this one while on Percocet

Earlier this week, I had 67 tumors cut out of my body. You can click here to learn about the surgery and my recovery, if you'd like. Now I'm at home recovering with heavy doses of Percocet and Doctor Who. And as long as I'm high as a kite, I figured I'd write about one of my favorite topics - Porn Addiction.

Sometimes people ask me (in my imagination) why I talk so openly about my addiction to and recovery from porn. And it's a fair question. I had the same question when I was a kid. One of my youth counselors at church stood up in front of our class and confessed he had struggled with porn. My friends and I were just grossed out. We thought why is he telling us all of this?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I survived the surgery, and you won't believe how many tumors they removed from my body. [Video]

I got home from the hospital a few hours ago, and I've been sleeping off the last of the anesthesia. The surgery went really well. At least, that's what they tell me. I was in the operating room for right around 3 hours, and they removed a grand total of sixty seven tumors from all over my body. It looks like I got chewed up by a snaggle-toothed shark.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Raising Daughters | Tony Smith's Story

This morning, I'm on an operating table receiving the world's most absurd weight loss surgery. So this is a guest post from my good friend, Tony Smith. He is the Resident Worship Leader at my church, Moon Valley Bible. He has three daughters, and in this article he shares some of his insights on raising girls. You can read more from him on his blog.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

It's the world's most absurd weight loss surgery, and I'm getting it!

You know that feeling you get when you find a lump? Then you immediately think it's cancer. I'm gonna die. That's what happened to me about 10 years ago. My friend, who is a massage therapist, found a lump on my lower back and was concerned.

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