A powerful, yet simple way to help end bullying

Everyone should care about the bullying epidemic that's spreading across our country.  And...Yes, I really do believe it's an epidemic. That's my opinion, but if the older generations of leaders and parents don't pay more attention to what's happening with this younger generation, our future years will not be bright. In our homes, our churches,…

I now know why

*Warning: This is a pretty transparent and raw post. It's been brewing in my mind and heart for months and I've been hesitant to post it.  It's happened twice and I now know why. Don't get me wrong, it hurt. It left me baffled and scratching my head, but I now know why. I wanted…

I found healing…

This fall I started listening to Perry Noble's  sermons almost everyday. I also read his book, Unleash. Both are absolutely INCREDIBLE! Let me back up. I've followed Perry Noble and his church, NewSpring Church for a long time. I have friends who have been and who are staff members there and from an organizational and leadership…

An incredible gift

This past weekend I received something that I'll cherish for a long time.  It came in the form of a facebook message. It came at just the right time. It came when I needed it most. It came from someone I admire and respect. It came quietly and without fanfare. It was simple, yet profound.…

Hanging with Bobby

A few years ago I started taking each of my kids with me on speaking trips. The deal was, when they turned 8, they could come on a trip with Dad. It's been incredible! Best weekends ever. The nice part is, my kids have been coming with me as a family on speaking trips their…

Can our student leaders pray for you?

Last night Bobby and I were sitting before the first session is about to begin and I'm asked... Can our student leaders pray for you before you teach? What?!? Are you serious? How incredible awesome is that?!? I've been speaking at camps, retreats and conferences for 15 years. I have been prayed over many times…

Mom and Dad’s…ARE…the key to ending bullying

Mom and Dad's are the key to ending bullying. Let me back up. I've talked to thousands of students and parents, both one on one and in groups. I've been working with students and families in a variety of contexts for 18 years. I've been a youth director, camp counselor, teaching pastor, speaker, event planner,…

Should the Local Church care about Bullying?

The short answer is Yes.  The long answer is YES!!! Yes, Yes and some more YES! But, the reality is, I don't know if it's a priority for the local church.  Of course the local church cares, right?!? As believers we're called to love. To stand up for the helpless. To be Christ. To extend…

Celebrate and Support Live Now on November 12th

I am very excited about Live Now's first fundraising event on November 12th, 2012 at 7pm at Bucks Run in Mt Pleasant, MI. We are so blessed that 4 wonderful couples have stepped up to sponsor the event, so any proceeds (we're selling tickets) will go directly to support the vision and mission of Live…

Thoughts for Parents

If a child lives with criticism, He learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, He learns to fight. If a child lives with ridicule, He learns to be shy. If a child lives with shame, He learns to feel guilty. If a child lives with tolerance, He learns to be patient. If a…