4 Christmas Gifts

Merry Christmas! I hope your Christmas was wonderful. I am going to keep this short. For the last few weeks, we have been preparing for the birth of Christ. Every week, we have focused on 4 great gifts of Jesus: Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy. There is no wrapping paper for these gifts. There is …

Is A Wrong Turn Really Wrong?

Have you turned left when you meant to go, right? Straight when you were supposed to exit? Run on a trail instead of a road? Usually, you think “oops” or “that was a mistake,” but is it really? I truly believe that God directs our steps. Many times, I’ve gone into a store when I …

New Meaning To A Classic Christmas Song

“Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere. Go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born!“ You’ve, more than likely, heard this Christmas song. But, it can kind of seem irrelevant. West Michigan has no mountains. West Michigan has very few hills. But, we can tell people that Jesus …

What Are You Doing With Your Microphone?

Like you, Monday through Friday, I wake up and head into work. My job is standing in front of a microphone at JOY99 and talking. Talking about everything from weather and events, to a deeper relationship with God. It is a different job, but one that I enjoy. I talk to thousands of people each …

Craziest Christmas Ever!

Hall and Oates once sang, “You Make My Dreams Come True. Ooh Ooh. Ooh Ooh.” Do dreams really come true? Dreams are weird. Sometimes, dreams feel very real. Sometimes they’re terrifying. Sometimes, they’re are just…odd. Like the time I dreamt that the only way that I could move was by swimming through the air. My …

You Are Not Alone

‘Tis days before Christmas, and you’re in a shopping zone, yet this year, you feel strangely alone. The stockings may be hung by your chimney with care, but this time around there’s nobody for you to share.  That doesn’t sound very joyous, does it? Well, wait. There’s a character in the Christmas story who might’ve felt …

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Tom Petty wasn’t kidding. He sang the song, “The Waiting Is The Hardest Part.” From waiting rooms, to call backs. Traffic jams, to being a kid on Christmas Eve. Waiting is hard. But, worth it. As we approach Christmas, I can’t help but think of the story in Luke chapter 2 about somebody who knew …

Don’t Be A Karen. Be A Mary.

As we move onward to Christmas, I’m beginning a short series of messages to help us all focus more on Christmas in the midst of Chaos and COVID. I feel bad for anyone named Karen. It’s become “a thing” to call someone who complains, “a Karen “. That’s not saying that anyone named Karen is …