Cyrus the Great, You, and Your Faith

“Movers and shakers” exist in every nation in every era. They rise to prominence and wield great influence over people. Cyrus the Great was such a man. As founder and ruler of the vast Persian Empire from 539 B.C. until his death in 530 B.C., Cyrus conquered his world and became one of the most generous rulers in Middle East …

What is Easter All About

For many people, Easter is another holiday during which to celebrate traditions, to decorate, and to dress in a special outfit. It may even include chocolate, eggs, bunnies, and a big family meal together. But the true reason for celebration is not found in any of those things. The Bible doesn’t mention “Easter” nor does it instruct Christians to set …

God’s Power on Display

Why Is Easter So Special? Easter is special, but not because little girls get to wear new dresses and children get to go on Easter egg hunts. Easter is special because of the momentous event that occurred early on that Sunday morning a few days after the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. He arose! This is the one event …

Joining a New Church

It has been suggested that adults make upwards of 35,000 decisions each day. Some decisions are trivial while others can be life altering. One decision my wife and I made this year has already proved to be life changing: our decision to join Valley Forge Baptist (VFB). When Krystal and I moved from Philadelphia to Collegeville, the plan didn’t include …

Are You Believing a Lie?

Have you ever been lied to? I’m sure you have at some point. Lies are misleading and very hurtful.  What makes being lied to even worse is when we believe the lie we’ve been told. The result? Mistakes, heartache, wasted time, and unnecessary suffering. In my own life, I have believed a few lies that left me with the feeling …

Empowered by His Spirit

So much confusion and controversy surround the topic of the Holy Spirit. Most people don’t understand who He is. Yet the Word of God describes the Christian’s new best friend as the Holy Spirit of God. In John 14, Jesus told His disciples that He would be leaving the world to go to the Father, but that the Father would …

The Year That Changed My Life

If someone were to ask, “What has been a life-changing experience for you?” what would you say? When I think of various experiences I’ve had in my life, one of the most life-changing for me was the opportunity to be a missionary teacher in Uganda, which was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. From August 2013 to December 2014, I …

Helping People Change

Do you like change? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t! Change can be disruptive to our schedules. It can be discouraging to our spirits or even destructive to our mental/emotional well-being! Let’s face it, some change can even seem, dare I say it, “diabolical!”   That’s how much we hate change! But for some, change is good! It’s …

It’s a Mom’s Life

Dirty diapers, muddy shoes, mountains of laundry, filling the role of taxi driver, short-order cook, a nurse when needed…sound familiar? Yep, it’s a mom’s life and I can tell you that there are days when I feel overwhelmed by it. I will never forget the day when I had become so frustrated with my children asking me for yet one …

A Remarkable Discovery

One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of modern times happened by accident in 1947 when a Bedouin boy threw a stone into a cave’s mouth high on the rock face of a Judean mountain facing the Dead Sea. Startled by the sound of breaking pottery, the boy summoned his tribe to investigate, and the sound of that breakage has reverberated …