I believe the gifts God has given us is exactly what we need. What happens when we look outward first at others is we begin to walk away from the full potential of our God given gifts. Looking outward at the gifts of others will place you and I on an island of comparison. An … More Desire the Greater Gifts!
Hey everyone! I recently had the chance to write for Rooted Ministry. I hope you enjoy this conversation! At Rooted, we’ve started asking ourselves an important question: How can we equip parents and other leaders of youth to help their teens foster authentic interracial relationships, as part of God’s design for his kingdom? What follows is … More Growing a Multiethnic Ministry: Conversation with J. Scott Samarco
I remember the first time I went to a testimony service. It was around 2005, the year God led me to surrender my heart to Him. I was 17 at the time. The pastor got up and said, it is time for testimonies. I wasn’t too sure what he meant or what was about … More Stay With Jesus
God is faithful. Need I say more? It satisfies me to know that God’s faithfulness does not depend on me. His faithfulness is rooted in His love. Love is who God is. Over the past year, I have been learning and I am continuing to learn how to live from God’s love and not for … More God is Faithful
Faithfulness is a byproduct of being committed to something. A commitment is when you choose to be fully in mentally, emotionally and perhaps spiritually and physically. Throughout my life when I choose to commit to something, I am usually faced with immediate challenges. I know many of you may be thinking, that could be a matter … More Staying Faithful When It’s Hard
Growing up my identity was all about basketball. It was my world and at many times education came second. I never thought I would ever pursue a Master’s degree. In my earlier years of life (elementary & middle school) I was all about academics. In fact, in middle school, I once had a 4.0 gpa … More But God!
Pain, suffering, mentally challenged, physically struggling, emotionally up and down but spiritually holding on to the truths of Christ. Can you identify? Life as we know it is full of various experiences. These experiences begin to shape how we respond to life, to people and to our emotions. I’m not sure about you but often … More I See Jesus More Clearly
Many, many years ago in the garden, Adam and Eve were faced with a choice. God had let Adam and Eve know early on that there was a tree they were not to choose. The serpent, also known as the enemy, who is wise, deceitful and manipulative made Eve believe that God was withholding something … More Echoes of the Garden
There are many sayings out there that “Christians” tend to use that aren’t true. These sayings are misinterpretations of Scripture and a misunderstanding of God. I hope this post clears some of these sayings up. Check them out: “God gives his hardest battles to his toughest soldiers.” Where did this come from? It’s not true. … More Sayings Jesus Never Said
This past Sunday I preached on the Holy Spirit. My sermon points were: Who or what is the Holy Spirit? The Role(s) and Work(s) of the Holy Spirit and the Commissioning and Receiving of the Holy Spirit. I wanted to share the teaching with you. Maybe you have had questions about the Holy Spirit or … More The Power Within