Love is to Take up the Cross

We see a lot of things in our day.  Today, we are often overstimulated.  Are we we seeing people like Jesus sees them?  Jesus sees us in light of the cross.  To love is to take up the cross.

Looking at Our Lives

I have read and heard this story in Mark chapter ten so many times from my childhood until now.  Something struck me different today about this account in Mark.

I realized that a certain description was given about the account here in Mark that is not present in Matthew and Luke who recorded the same account.

Mark records that Jesus looked at him and loved him.  What a powerful statement here that Jesus looked at him. I imagine that Jesus was sizing up where this person’s heart stood, and then He loved him. I imagine that even with the faults that Jesus saw in him that He was going to be loving to him.


Prayer is the most important activity a born-again Christian can perform. It should head your list of priorities, for certainly the world around us desperately needs prayer. Prayer will open the door for God to do a glorious work in these last days. Prayer will stem the tide of evil.

Chuck Smith

Our Identity

Our identity is a topic that many are discussing today. It seems that many are confused as to who they are. Many do not seem comfortable in their own skins. Let’s look at what God says our identity is.

Our Identity

Teenage years are an awkward time. I experimented with many things as I was growing up. My ultimate search was looking for truth and who I was.  As I struggled in looking for my identity, I was confused at times and often made the wrong decisions.

Many today are just as confused. As a society, we have lost our foundation. Truth seems to be at a premium and it is difficult to know who is telling the truth.  When truth is lost, so is identity.


Live Unoffended in an Offensive World

How to React On Social Media to Negative Comments

I wrote a couple of simple lines on Facebook. Some emotions ran high. Unexpected comments came in.  I had no idea that a simple statement would cause this.  Sound familiar?

Live Unoffended in an Offensive World

I am reminded how so many people online can come across combative. There are countless times when I have seen outright attacks or comments that are misaligned.  In a time when information flies quickly across our screens and our reactions seem just as quick, we can become quickly offended.


4 Reasons There is No Time for Sin

There was a realization that I had today.  We look around the world and see every crazy thing happening.  Islam is making a push to take over the world, Atheism is taking over in countries where Christianity once was prominent, and the United States is in a moral tailspin.  The realization was this, THERE IS NO TIME FOR SIN IN MY LIFE.

There is No Time for Sin

I remember growing up in a large church.  We were comfortable there.  The church was enjoyable, with a pastor who lived fully for God.  We had great music and an amazing youth group.

Although, some of the church members seemed to live a double life.  We would dabble in worldly things and clear our conscience on Sunday when we devoted our lives to God for a couple of hours.


A Brief Introduction to the Gospels

Audio Message given by Pastor Heath Perry at Calvary Cross Church


Gospel of Matthew

As we talk about the different gospels, each one kind of has a different perspective or story.  You go, “Why is there four gospels; written by four different people (obviously)?” But also for four different targets and four different methods or approaches they had for writing the Gospels. As we go through the Gospels these couple of years, let’s keep in mind just the perspective that they took.

Matthew, by the way, doesn’t ever say his name so some have questioned whether Matthew wrote it. Of course he did. Other early church fathers all ascribed Matthew to him. He was one of the first Gospels written. He was a tax collector.

He approaches Matthew (this gospel of his) about the Lord as a lawyer. He’s not a lawyer, but he really takes into account the Old Testament and the proving that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. He has over one hundred different references to the Old Testament. Many are quotes exactly from the Old Testament and point to Jesus as the fulfillment of that.

He’s really a lawyer making a case for the Messiah; Jesus as the messiah (here it is). He will bring up a verse and then explain in his show in the story how Jesus is the fulfillment of that scripture in the Old Testament.  And so it’s a great transition book from the Old Testament to the new as we look at the gospels. Matthew is looking to give proof for Jesus’ Messiahship. Let’s look at this and we’re going to have a lot of cross references to the Old Testament through Matthew as he makes the case for Jesus as the Messiah.


God often goes to the gutter to find the recipient for His grace. He lifts him out, washes him and transforms him – making him into a child of God fit for His kingdom. That is God’s grace.

Chuck Smith

Do This One Thing To Always Succeed

Whatever you do will prosper! You won’t fail. You will be successful. Anything that you put your effort to or take a risk on doing, it will be a hit. You will always succeed! That’s a promise!

How to Always Succeed, Why You Can't Fail

I have a little metal paperweight that reads, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” I find much encouragement in that.

Not because I can’t fail. I can and I have many times. I find encouragement in that because God says that I won’t fail.


How to Discuss Jesus with Your Kids

Influencing Your Children to Follow Christ

The single most crucial decisions that any of us can make is to follow Jesus. It is equally as vital for your kids to make this decision. Many of us neglect this discussion which tells your kids that it is not important. I think it is critical to discuss Jesus with your kids regularly.

Discuss Jesus with Your Kids

I remember the day that I decided to impact my kids for the Lord. For me, it was when I was laying on my back in the ICU.

I made a promise to God at that moment to teach my kids about the Lord. I decided that one of my main goals in life was going to be to influence my kids for Jesus.


Put on Love

This will kick-off a series of devotional posts that I will write from time to time.  I am hoping that these can be inspirational and encouraging to you.  Most importantly, I hope that these will expound the truths of the Word of God that may apply to our lives. The first post that I included is from Colossians 3:14, to put on love.

Dusting off Old Post

I began this series of devotional posts on Love in the Bible in the beginning of last year.  I had great hopes of keeping the posts going each day, but my dedication and time quickly waned for the project.

This will kick off the devotional posts and will pickup the project back up here with re-posting the first few that I already posted onto facebook at the time.  I hope that they encourage you and also that it sparks me to write more of these.


4 Reasons Our Walk with God Becomes Stale

Our daily walk with God is the most important thing in our lives.  Our walk with God is the source of purpose in our lives.  It is the foundation in our lives for everything else that we do. If our walk with God becomes stale, then the rest of our life goes off kilter. Ever feel like your in a desert in your spiritual walk?

Walk with God

In the past month, I have become very busy with work, family, and ministry.  I have become much busier than normal.  After traveling and having commitments every day, I had begun to sense that my own walk with God was suffering.

I began to sense that I was not hearing from God as I normally would.  While the ministry and work being done was going even better than normal. My time with my family was doing great.  I could still sense that my walk with God was less than the best.


Blog Tour

Now that you have been warmly welcomed to My Blog, I would like to show you around the site.  Let me give you a personal blog tour. Blog Tour

At one of the jobs that I worked, they believed in giving in depth orientations for new employees.  The company thought that the best practice was to give a person information from different departments right away.   This allowed them to gain knowledge quickly about the environment and therefore helped them be more productive in their job quicker.

The same thing applies here.  While, I believe that you can find your way around eventually.  I would like to point a few key things out about my blog that will help you to use it more effectively.


Welcome, Introduction to

First Blog Post

This is Launch Day!  The launch of a new work that has been on my heart to create for years.  I hope you find what I have found personally.  I want to welcome you!

Welcome to

There will be many different resources, materials, and articles for you to discover here. It’s my ultimate desire that you discover a close walk with God through His Grace and His Love. And that His Grace and His Love flow through your life to others around you.

Welcome to My Blog!

New places can be awkward and intimidating.  I remember being new to a school.  It seemed that everyone knew someone, knew where to go, and I had to figure it all out.

No one took the time create good directions or to welcome me.  Most of the other kids were already familiar with the school.  I felt awkward and out of place.

I hope that you have never felt like that.  If you have before, I’d like for this to not be one of those times.

I am very excited about this new blog.  Let me show you around the place so that you feel welcome here!