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Feel Like Giving Up? Hear This! (Adrenaline For The Soul To Keep Moving Forward)

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

The Unsung Heroes of Today?

Monday, June 12th, 2017

The “unsung heroes” of today are the fathers who love the Lord, love their wife, and love their children. These are the men who are more influential than any sports figure, Hollywood celebrity or government official!

However, if you are a father who perhaps has not started well – be encouraged that ultimately, it is not how you start, but how you finish that matters most. And it’s not too late for you! By God’s grace you can finish well and here’s how: behind the Gospel is a Father. And just as we cannot produce life without someone else. We cannot produce our own meaning in life without someone else. The Heavenly Father purposed our lives to have companionship with Him- that’s why Jesus came. Jesus demonstrated the Father’s love for you through His death (conquering sin), and bodily resurrection (conquering death) and He stands ready to comfort, heal and empower your life…

What burden, pain or brokenness are you carrying today? Bring your pain to THE Father. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life and no man comes to the Father except it be through me!” (John 14:6). Your children need you. Your children’s, children need you. Yes, you are on the “front lines” of life, but don’t even think about deserting – because the Heavenly Father madly loves you, fights for your highest good and nothing is too hard for Him.
Be that hero today by making the decision to follow Jesus!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Father’s!

Great Trip To Israel

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Had a wonderful Hanukkah service at CCSB (An evening of Renewal, Revival & Rededication) that exceeded expectations! The next day flew to Israel and experienced Hanukkah in, Jerusalem! This picture taken at the Southern Steps of the Temple.
southern steps
(Lily, Stephanie, Me, Sarah)

With Some Great Preacher’s Greg Laurie and Will Graham (Billy Graham’s grandson)

Monday, December 19th, 2016


With the Israeli Consul General Celebrating The Life Of William Blackstone

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Glendale, California.

What a surreal experience yesterday.

Sitting to my right the Consul General Sam Grundwerg, of the Israeli Consulate of Los Angeles. To my left, Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, Director at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. And to Yitzhok’s left, the Ambassador of Korea and the President of Biola University.

All of us were given the unique opportunity to speak of the inspiring life of William Blackstone whose mobilization of Christian support for a Jewish national homeland as early as 1891, five years before the publication of Theodore Herzl’s The Jewish State in 1897, motivated Jewish businessman Nathan Straus and Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandies, leaders of the American Zionist movement, to call Blackstone the “Father of Zionism.”

As I said, it was surreal.



Phil Wickham, Harvest Team & Sarah at Harvest OC

Monday, August 8th, 2016
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A Love Rescue …

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

My heart is breaking over the breakdown … 

I’m reminded of the crude way that sanitariums in Europe many years ago evaluated the mental health of a patient… 

They would bring their patient into a janitors closet where the sink had been plugged and water had begun overflowing onto the floor. Before the doctor left, the patient was given a mop and then left alone to face the problem of the overflowing sink. If upon the doctor’s return the patient was found mopping the floor, the doctor knew that the patient still wasn’t ready to leave – because the real solution was to unstop the drain. The patient wasn’t well enough to see the “big picture” and identify the source of the problem. 

Today, humanity is drowning in the “overflowing water” of emptiness, shame, unforgiveness, racism, breakdown of families, ignorance, purposeless, materialism, sensualism, relativism, etc, etc, etc, 

We are trying to solve the problem with:
Political mops,
Economic mops,
Psychological mops… 

But none of these are addressing the actual source of society’s problem – which is a broken relationship with God! Therefore, if the source of our problems is a broken down relationship with God, it means that the only solution is having a right relationship with God!

We’ve all been reeling from the demonic act of terror in Nice, France that resulted in the deaths of 84 innocent people. I was so moved by the story of a motorcyclist who lost his life desperately trying to climb into the front seat of the truck to stop the driver from running over and killing innocent people! Truly, there is no more powerful narrative than a person giving their life for another in a love rescue. 

I think of the Cross of Christ. 

What Jesus did on the Cross, it could be said, was stand in front of the “crazed truck” of death, sin, breakdown, the devil, and judgement, in order to protect each and everyone of us from what will destroy us and keep us separate from Him. God demonstrated His selfless, “others oriented” and protective love on the Cross by paying the debt of our sin, and providing power over it’s self-defeating and destructively morphing consequences in our lives both now and forever. Jesus “became sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him!” (Cor. 5:21)

Without the Person and work of the Lord Jesus – sin, hell and death continue to break us down… But in Christ we do “not perish but have everlasting life!” (John 3:16) Jesus is our only hope… He rescues us! Follow Him! And tell others to follow Him too. 

Is it time that America return to God? Let’s be more specific …

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

We’re amidst a major breakdown in society. It is totally heart-breaking! We’re presently reeling from a series of unbelievable reactionary events. Our culture is increasingly toxic. More and more the modus operandi is a mob mentality.

But here’s the reality: we’re being played by a third party.

The real enemy is not Russia, Iran, gangs, the police, Republicans, Democrats etc.  The third party is the darkness of satan!

Something new in world history? Not really. Just read the first chapter of Romans penned during the reign of Nero who had been married twice both to men.

When a society approves and even legalizes what is contrary to God’s  natural law — such a society is in the throw of a full blown breakdown.

Sin is no friend of anyone. When left unchecked it morphs into worse self-defeating realities:  death to dreams, inner life, relationships, family …

Some are calling that “America needs to return to God!”  Is that the right course of action? It’s essential that we don’t mis-diagnose at this point. If we do, we will miss the right prescription at this critical hour. We need to be more specific!

The problem? Broken relationship with the Heavenly Father. The right prescription? “…the gospel of Messiah …is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Gentile …” (Romans 1:16-17).

In short, it’s time that American’s (and the entire world) turn to, Jesus! The Lord. The King. The Savior – who is building a Kingdom that will never breakdown. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life and no man comes to the Father except it be through me” (John 14:6).

Altar Call Arco Arena Sacramento, Ca.

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Altar Call Arcoaltar call arco pic

Snapshots with my friend Greg Laurie

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Anyone who has lived in a community for a period of time knows that when it comes time to preparing a house for a move it is a kind of “archaeological dig” with multiple layers that often reveal special treasures and memories. These are just some of the pictures we found and enjoyed. They are of my good friend Greg Laurie. Greg has had a huge impact on my life and to whom I am super proud–faithful to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the best yet to come!!
#1 Preparing for a service in Auburn
preparing for a service in Auburn
#2 Behind the scenes in Philadelphia at the Spectrum Arena Harvest Crusade where Greg was speaking
Spectrum Philly
#3 In flight to a speaking engagement in Nashville
Plane To Nashville
#4 A great day in the City of Jerusalem (King David Hotel)
King David GL