Game Changer…

Yesterday was a game changer…

I was meeting up with a friend at Chipotle for some lunch and conversation. While in line, we ordered almost an identical bowl.

Then he asked for it to go, even though we were staying to eat in…and he explained that he needed the cover over his bowl.

We paid for our Chipotle bowls and then sat down to eat…and this was the moment…(cue angelic voices singing)…he fastened the top to the bowl, turned it upside down and shook it like a can of paint.

I followed suit…said something about him being my food mentor and then carefully opened the bowl as if it contained a rare jewel.

The glorious mix of meat, vegetables, rice, beans, cheese, lettuce, and salsa was a work of art.


However, imagine if that bowl was presented without any context. Imagine if I had never eaten at a Chipotle and I did not have the distinct privilege of watching them make the bowl and then mixing it all together myself…what would I have thought?

Context is super important for many things in life….including our study of the Scriptures. This Sunday, Pastor James will be sharing a sermon from Romans 16. As we finish our series on the book of Romans, he will provide some context to the entire book and specifically the first half of chapter sixteen.which should prove to be very helpful. I hope to see you soon.





Last Friday night we loaded the family up into the van and attended a High School Soccer game for our oldest daughter. It was a championship game for a local high school tournament.

Now I must say, that over the past 7 years since our kids have played soccer, we have attended a lot of games. There are times when we leave feeling great and there are other times when we are mad at everyone starting with the ref.

I had watched a part of the semi-final game that took place before our semi-final game. And there was no doubt in my mind that the team we were going to play had the most obnoxious fans we had the pleasure of cheering against all year. I told my daughter and my wife to prepare themselves for the impending conflict.

So the game began…and those fans did not disappoint. Within a few minutes, they had started into the ref…and then my daughter’s team. I kept telling myself…cheer for blue and ignore the fans…

Well after about thirty minutes of hard-fought soccer, our opponents scored.


We kept cheering for blue and then just before halftime they scored again.

Moving into the second half, our team continued to play hard and they scored a goal.

The opposing fans quieted down a bit and we cheered a bit louder for blue. Then as the second half was starting to wind down, we scored again.

Tie game!

It was at this point that Leigh-Ann reached over and said, “we have to pray for Alexa to score a goal.”

She didn’t have to tell me twice.

We all paused on our own and prayed for Alexa to score…we kept cheering for blue…and then it happened.

In what seemed like slow motion, she took a few dribbles at the top of the box, saw an opening, took a shot and with what seemed like perfection graced over and past the goalie.


It was a dream come true :).

Lexi soccer

So this Sunday the topic of my sermon from Romans 15:30-33 is prayer. I will tell you right now that if you come on Sunday, you too can pray like us and win championship games.


Prayer to God is so much more than an attempt to win a game or get something great to happen. The point of the sermon is that prayer should be a priority for every Christian and the bulk of what I say will be an attempt to answer “WHY” prayer should be a priority.

I sure hope to see you then,


Announcement: Tonight, you can still come to New Life for a one-of-a-kind First Friday event, “The Cost of Compassion” held at 8:00 PM.  Watch a video on the event here.