Listening to Spirit-Promptings

One Wednesday night, I was sitting in my church office wrestling with the Holy Spirit prompting me that I was supposed to go to that evening’s service and ask people to share the trials they had been experiencing. I interpreted this prompting as an indication that someone wanted to surrender his life to the Restorer. […]


What’s Your Story

One night, something amazing happened at a worship service where I was about to teach. It was the first in a chain reaction of events that taught me the ripple effect of a story that unfolded on Restoration Road. A couple sitting next to me stared blankly as I asked them the same question I […]


Cave of Restoration

When I was volunteering full-time as a teaching pastor at Blackhawk Ministries, we started a Wednesday night service called, Common Ground. Each evening, after we were led in worship music, I would welcome everyone, reminding them of the four hallmarks of our gathering. First, we had all sinned and desired life apart from God, yet […]


How to be Thankful: Focus on the Outside

Is focusing on your trying circumstances, resulting in you discouraging others? When we catch ourselves focusing on the negative at the expense of being thankful, we must ask God to realign our focus 360 degrees: the downside, upside, inside, and outside. Let’s focus on the outside. Regardless of our circumstances, we can encourage others. This […]


How to be Thankful: Peer into the Inside

Are you trapped by perfectionism that is robbing you from being thankful? When we are imprisoned by perfectionism and tempted to be ungrateful, we must ask God to realign our focus 360 degrees: the downside, upside, inside, and outside. Let’s peer into the inside. We can ask the Holy Spirit to examine our hearts. This […]