Praise And Prize Him: The Rucksack Podcast With Brian Havens

Over the past several weeks, God has been drawing my heart to a central message that I find appropriate:  everything we do is worship.  I think of it simply as a way of describing what the offering of worship is.  It includes singing, preaching,...

You Need This

I’m reading through the Bible this year, with (at the Spirit’s direction) an emphasis on humility. I’m looking for examples of it, teachings about it, etc. Sometimes I’m seeing what it is, sometimes what it is not. But I definitely see that it involves becoming less.

Make God Your “Why”

-Reflections from scripture and Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl- “So I hated life, because the work that is none under the sun was grievous to me.  All of it meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 1: 17) This scripture was penned by Solomon,...

Examine Your Heart In The New Year

As we step into this New Year, it is a good time for reflection and to examine your heart, mind, spirit, attitude, and to reflect upon your character.

The Self-Esteem Movement And Christianity

Our culture has taken a turn over the past few years towards a focus on self-esteem. You don't have to search very far to see parents who puff up their children in order to make them feel good about themselves or people who boost up themselves (sometimes at the expense of others) to create a facade in which they want others to view them.

Christmas is Extravagant

Christmas is extravagant. No other holiday rivals the decorations displayed in our homes, on our lawns, in our churches, offices and stores. Consider the image of Clark Griswold’s home, the tree at Rockefeller Center, or even the White House, and you’ll see how lavish we...

What Do You Think About?

What do you think about when you wake up in the morning? When you go to bed at night? Are you restless, dwelling over your finances (or lack of)? Holiday pressure? Family issues? Relationship drama? As you drive to work or to school, what goes through your mind?

Space For The Spirit

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.  But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for...


I’m going to clean out my basement. Really, I am. I know this because I have been telling myself this for the past three years. I figure if I keep saying it, one day it may actually come true.

The Pursuit Of Holiness

Happiness is not extrinsic based on this world, but intrinsic determined by your faith in Christ and pursuit of holiness.