I’m So thankful for this past Saturday.  My two oldest sons got baptized in the name of God The Father, Jesus Christ The Son, and The Holy Spirit.  By God’s grace He allowed me to Baptize them.  What a tremendous pleasure and responsibility.  I truly am the Priest of my Home.  How did this happen?  How did God take a broken guy like me and transform him into an instrument of love?  God is so loving and merciful and I am shown new mercies each and every day.

We don’t believe one has to be Baptized to be saved, we do it is an act of obedience, and outward symbol of our acceptance of His free gift of love and salvation.  The fact is if you want to be Baptized it is because you believe already that Christ died for your sins on the cross and rose from the dead conquering sin, Satan, and death once and for all.  If you already believe then we believe that you are sealed by God with the promise of the Holy Spirit.  This is such an amazing act of love.    You can have assurance of Salvation, of Eternity in Heaven, of a Crown of Life.

There was so much joy in my heart for my two sons as they went under the water, symbolic of our death of the men we were, and then raising again out of the death to being a new creation.  My shirt in the picture says “With God all things are possible”.  What an understatement.  God used someone like me to teach my sons about Christ.  God used someone like me to read them God’s Word.  God Allowed me to see them come to Christ, and He gave me the pleasure of Baptizing them.  God is GOOD.

If you know us you know our year has been tough.  I just went to our 5th funeral of the year today.  But our Redeemer lives, and He is still changing the hearts of men.  If you don’t know Christ please consider his grace and mercy.  I promise you there is none righteous not one.  We are all in need of a Savior, and there is no other way than through Jesus.

Truly the highlight of my year!  God is good.  Know Him and make Him be known it is our very purpose.  In Acts he says go and make disciples.  I ask you to go to those you love and tell them the good news.  There is nothing more wonderful than to see someone believe and have their eternal destiny fulfilled.  To be used by God to do the very act that John the Baptist performed was not lost on me.  It was one of the most humbling and gracious moments of my life.  I pray that God brings all of you a moment that is so kind and rich in love.

5 years ago when reading a Bible to these two sons on a family camp out my second son became a believer.  We went over this verse before going to the Baptism.

John 1:12New International Version (NIV)

12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

I beg you if you are reading this please come be a child of God.  It is so Amazing in the good times and in the Bad.  He is there to be your refuge.  To those who did receive him, to those who came before me and shared the gospel.  Thank You!  Generations have been changed because of your obedience to Christ.





Currently this year has been very stressful.  Death of friends, moving, money, and people have created their issues.   But God is good and he delivers.  Not always like you think He will, but He will.  His goodness has brought me through many trials in my life.  He is amazing and when things don’t look good around us we just need to trust in Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6New International Version (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.[a]

So Proud of My Wife

My wife is a tough lady.  She is a intelligent person.  She is a beautiful women.  She is my Hero.  She makes me a better person, she works day and night for our kids.  She is tenacious, compassionate, and so giving to those in need.  She is so talented and tonight she will be doing the release of her new CD in partnership with the other members of the Denton Worship Collective.  She has written two original songs for the event.  The first is the one that will be on the CD and the other is the one that she wrote for her best friend Lexi who died earlier this year.  Tonight she will play that song for the first time to an audience and I’m so proud of her.  She is brave, courageous, & strong.  She is my wife and tonight in the midst of a very difficult year she will sing praises to the Lord.  I’m so proud of my wife.  What an encouragement.



Well Done Good And Faithful Servant

Before I turned 40 I had attended 5 funerals.  In the past 4 months since turning 40, our family has now attended 4.  My wife’s best friend, my wife’s old softball teammate, a dear co-worker, and the latest a dear friend and sweet saint of God.  Bernice was 82 years old, and had been married to our friend Dan.  We met them 14 years ago as they did our premarital counselling.  Kara and Dan would sit and smile and Bernice and I would chat the entire time having the best of times.  I remember thinking  when we left there how great it would be to married 50 plus year like them.  Well in the end they were married 65 years, they had 4 kids, 8 grand kids and great grand babies as well.  The funeral was sweet, and joyful it was the funeral of a saint going home.  There was no question, this was a woman who loved the Lord.  Over the years as we all aged she became ill with Parkinson’s, which took it’s toll on her.  Dan showed us all how to finish the race strong as he was with her till the end taking care of her.  I can’t think of a better example of how to do marriage than our two pre-marital counselors.

While at the funeral they told a story about Bernice when she was 5 years old.  Her dad hopped in the car and was backing out of the driveway, some of her 11 brothers were playing baseball in the street.  When all the sudden they started shouting “you killed her, dad you killed her.”  They were able to pick the car up twice but neither time did they have the presence of mind to pull her body out, and they laid it back onto her.  Then her dad put the car in neutral and they rolled it off of her.  Bernice laid their limp blood coming out of her eyes, and nose.  Her dad a man of God holding her said, “God you told me you wouldn’t give me more than I can bear, and I can’t bear the thought of killing my little girl.”  As he said this her arms regained strength and she put her arms around her daddy’s neck.  She said “what happened?”  The ambulance arrived and they took her to the hospital where they could find nothing wrong with her.  God had healed and saved Bernice.

As I sat there listening to this story for the first time I was amazed.  I have heard stories like this in the past and thought man wouldn’t that be cool if that really happened.  Well I can assure you if this family said it happened, it happened.  Truly God is a God of His word, and because this man of God had a relationship with God, he knew God would hear his prayers.  As I looked at all the people at the funeral I thought to myself how many of these people wouldn’t have been here had that prayer not been prayed.  God knew from the foundations of the earth whose name was in the book of life and he knew that Bernice must survive to mother and grandmother some of these saved to be individuals.  How great is our God?  Amazing.  And what did Bernice make of her life? A lot she showed generations of people how to love.  How to love, is no small thing to teach others to do.  It is the hardest of things when the object of the love is not ourselves.  She was a miracle at age 5 and she was a miracle at the end.  Well Done Good And Faithful Servant.  Thank you for showing me and my wife how to love so many years ago.  Your legacy lives on through the lives you touched.

Thank You!

4/25/2017 Dale Jr. Retirement Day

In Dale Jr.’s second season he came out with his book about his rookie year Driver #8.  I had met some crazy Jr. Fans the day before at a Tony Stewart signing and they said they were going to the Jr. book signing the next day.  I told them I didn’t want to mess with that line it would be crazy.  I was going to go to the Bobby Labonte signing.  They told me if I could get them a Bobby Labonte photo signed they would save me a place in line for Jr.  I was like sure whatever, thinking that there would be about 1000 folks at the Jr. signing at least.  The next day I got the Labonte die-cast signed for me and the photo signed for them.  I showed up at the Jr. Book signing and they were number 20 in line.  The line went around all the stores in the shopping center around the target and around the back.  How did they get # 20 who knows.  The Barnes & Nobel folks said it was a book signing and that Dale would only sign our books so I had to leave my die-cast in the car.  I’m an experienced autograph hound though and I wouldn’t be denied an extra autograph or two if I could.  I set my book down on the table and the author signed the book (I was watching which page they each signed), then when Dale opened his page he saw 3 Dale Jr. Nascar cards.  He started laughing and said “what are these?  Bookmarks?” Then he signed all three cards and the book.  Classy Guy and a fun story.  Today Dale retired and I’m glad he did so that he can have some safe years with his wife.  Thanks for the memories Little e and thanks for the book marks!

Contentment in Circumstances

I’m not the world’s most content person, and I struggle like everyone else in this area.  But as I’m getting older and seeing things not always go my way, I still have a spirit of thankfulness toward God.  This comes from my contentment in circumstances. Is my life exactly like I thought it would be.  No in many ways it is much better, in many ways it is about what I thought, and in other ways it is much harder.  Knowing that God is in control helps me put into perspective my role in my life.  Knowing that I am His child through the blood of Jesus Christ gives me a hope.

Now don’t get get any of what I said above with where God has me right now.  Life is HARD.  Raising kids is hard, work is hard, being a good husband is hard, dying to self is HARD!!!! But the knowledge of my God and Savior doing all that they have done for me makes it easier to be content when things get hard.  When you want to give up don’t…God Loves You.  When you can’t walk another step…Do God Is With You.  When you can’t make it another day…He Will Sustain You.

This life is hard but one day Jesus will be back to bring us to His home where there is no more sin, heartbreak, or tears.  That day is coming so Christian find contentment in your circumstances no matter how hard life seems today.  We are so more blessed than those that don’t know God so we must always remember that.  Our circumstances help test our faith and produces perseverance.  Hang on Christian your Faith is growing.


New International Version
because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. -James 1:3


As I was writing this my wife just called with a car breaking down 45 minutes away with 3 kids so, I’m off to help her.  Thank you for today’s testing Lord, give me the strength.

Good Friday 2017

14 years ago today I proposed to my wife on Good Friday I wanted it to be a great day in my life.  It was the first Good Friday that I was celebrating as a Born Again Believer in Christ, and it was going to be my final one as a single man.  Much had changed in that year in my life.  Many of my old friends stopped hanging out with me because of the changes in my life.  My life looked drastically different than it had just one year previous.  What happened?  The answer is found at the cross.  What did Jesus do for us on the cross?  He took away my sin, separated it from myself, declared me righteous,  I was adopted by His Father as a son of the Living God.  Satan could no longer hold me, bind me, and declare me his property.  Jesus love for me, melted away those chains and I became His.  I love Good Friday’s for two reasons, one is Jesus showed me love, and saved me from eternal torment in hell.  The second is my then girlfriend showed me love and trusted me with the rest of her life by saying yes.  If your out there reading this let me make one thing clear, it is much easier to trust Christ with the rest of your life than it is me.  So since I’m taken, and Jesus loves you just as much, perhaps you would consider giving your life over to Him this Easter.  He has paid the penalties of sin, and has loved you since the beginning.  Your sin separated you from Him, but His love will bring you home.  Trust in his love and have a great Good Friday.

Follower of Christ – Born Again in 2002