Choosing Joy

This past year, I’ve barely posted a blog. There was a lot going on and being involved in ministry and technology I didn’t get to slow down. 2020 was a year that for most was full of pain and hurt for many. I’ve been fortunate enough that my family was not impacted like most. During this year, I’ve grown a lot and tried some new things, some I’m going to cover in a different blog post with a life update, but the one thing I’m going to mention here is that I preached my first sermon.

Now, preaching is not my first calling, but I had something on my heart and a different platform to us at the moment. I had a lot of fun with it and look forward to preaching a few more times this upcoming year. It was my privilege to get to preach on the last Sunday of 2020. During a time we are planning on the new year, and maybe a little broken around the holidays, especially if you were unable to see family, it could be so easy to say how much 2020 just sucked, and how 2021 will be so much better. (NOTE: I hear that every year)

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Isn’t There Anyone Who Knows What Christmas is All About?

Charlie Brown Christmas

In 1965 Charlie Brown, after being terribly frustrated with the consumer mentalities around him, and how badly things are going with the Christmas play, he belts out the most provocative question of the season: “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” A Charlie Brown Christmas holds a sentimental spot in my heart, as I have always enjoyed the characters and the special. Every year countless households tune in to watch as Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang pondered the meaning of Christmas.

The Christmas special was originally believed to be a failure back in 1965, but has now  become as much a part of “Christmas Americana” as other well-known favorites like, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

In walks the most unlikely character to give Chuck a speech of the true meaning of Christmas.

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What are you Feeding Yourself?

Thanksgiving and Christmas are the times of the year that we might we joke about overeating and getting stuffed on turkey, hams, and pies. While it is a festive time of year with all the lights, colors, presents, gatherings, music, and let’s be honest “baby Yoda” on Disney +’s Mandalorian there is still a large population of people struggling with depression.

This is usually due to feeling empty on the inside. When our stomachs are empty and we need energy, we eat….sometimes a little too much. Just like our stomach, our souls need to be feed, but not just on anything, but something wholesome and good. I’m not going to blame videogames, Netflix and social media for all of our problems, but just like our stomachs, we can’t live on Pepsi and Ice-cream alone. So how do we fill our soul? Below are 6 ways to feed your soul during this season.

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Just Ok Is Not Ok

This past year, I’ve gotten a kick out of the AT&T commercials. Now I’m not pro-AT&T but check out a compilation of their “just ok is not ok” commercials.


I think there are many of us out there that are “just ok” with our faith. Are you just “ok” with your faith? Do you feel close enough to God?  Just ok? I have been recently teaching a series to my youth at church about being all in for Jesus, instead of being almost for Jesus.

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“Let’s pee in the corner” …..and other misheard things in life.

A while back my Lead Pastor, Worship Pastor and I were talking about misheard Lyrics. As friends, we busted up laughing. There are so many songs out there that it is easy to mishear some, and when you do it can be funny.

So I want to share with you my a list of 10 misheard lyrics that I think are super funny!

  1. Starship – We Built This City
    Misheard lyrics: We built this city, We built this city on sausage rolls
    Actual lyrics: “We built this city, we built this city on rock an’ roll”
  2. Queen – We Will Rock You
    Misheard lyrics: “Kicking your cat all over the place”
    Actual lyrics: “Kicking your can all over the place.”
  3. Cutting Crew – I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight
    Misheard lyrics: “I just died in your barn tonight, mustard no mayonnaise instead”
    Actual lyrics: “I just died in your arms tonight, It must have been something you said”
  4. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
    Misheard lyrics: “Nothing I can say, I’m totally blitzed by a fart”
    Actual lyrics: “Nothing I can say, A total eclipse of the heart”
  5. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
    Misheard lyrics: “Working hard to get my meal. Everybody wants a grill”
    Actual lyrics: “Working hard to get my fill. Everybody wants a thrill”
  6. Bon Jovi – Living On A Prayer
    Misheard lyrics: “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not”
    Actual lyrics: “It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not”
  7. Elton John – Tiny Dancer
    Misheard lyrics: “Hold me closer, Tony Danza”
    Actual lyric: “Hold me closer, tiny dancer”
  8. OutKast – Hey Ya
    Misheard lyrics: “Shake it, shake it, shake it like a polar bear ninja”
    Actual lyrics: “Shake it, Shake it, Shake it like a Polaroid picture”
  9. Guns N Roses – Knocking on Heaven’s Door
    Misheard Lyrics: “Mama, put my gum on the ground, I can’t chew it anymore”
    Actual Lyrics: “Mama, put my guns in the ground, I can’t shoot them anymore”

And my number one is….

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