A Tribute to My Eldest Child on Her 18th Birthday

Click on the image above to play a 3-minute slideshow of Ann Ferris through the years. My eldest turned eighteen today. On the books, Ann Ferris now is an adult. In my heart, she always will be my little girl. But truth be told, Ann Ferris is not a little girl anymore. She is growing…

A Survey of Paul’s Missionary Journeys (with Maps)

Paul’s First Missionary Journey (Acts 13:4–14:26) A.D. 46–47 Barnabas and Paul first visited Barnabas’s home region of Cyprus before sailing to the southern region of Asia Minor. When they reached Perga in Pamphylia, John Mark left the group and returned to Jerusalem. Making their way to Antioch (in Pisidia), Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe, Paul and…

A Gift for Our Children

Hey parents, let’s put down the laptop, phone and iPad for a minute and go find one of our kids, look ‘em in the eyes, and say, “You know what, I’m so glad you are my son/daughter.” That’s it. If they ask, “Why?” say, “Just because you are mine.” Not because he is fast or…

My Dream for 2014

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” ~ The Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:1 In marathons, runners usually “hit the wall” around mile 18 or so, when all the glycogen has been depleted from their muscles. If glycogen is…

Old Testament Prophecies Concerning Jesus

I came across this information while doing some sermon research this week in preparation for tomorrow’s Creekstone message. Hope you find this as is encouraging as I have. Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled In Jesus’ Life • by Dave Arch There were two primary evidences which the apostles appealed to over and over again to establish…

Come Out of Hiding

I’ve been reading Abba’s Child, by Brennan Manning. These words, from his chapter, “Come Out of Hiding,” could have been written just for me. Maybe they are for you, too.  He writes about a time when he was on a personal retreat in Colorado. As the days passed, I realized that I had not been able…

Travel Agent Evangelism

I love books and studying theology. However, this statement in Brennan Manning’s book, The Ragamuffin Gospel, gripped me with a new desire, as Paul said in Philippians 3, not just to know about Jesus, but “to know him.” “Sheer scholarship alone cannot reveal to us the gospel of grace. We must never allow the authority…

Perception vs Reality

“Never confuse your perception of yourself with the mystery that (in Christ) you are accepted.” – Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel (no relation to Peyton or Eli)