Merry Xmas!

Many Christians get really uptight around Christmas whenever anyone uses the abbreviation “Xmas” instead of writing out, C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S. Often the response is, “I’m keeping CHRIST in CHRISTmas”! Though well meaning, this is said in ignorance (and many times arrogance). “Xmas” is┬áNOT some sort of compromise to pressure making Christmas secular, in fact “Xmas” is as […]

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Turnabout Is Fair Play

Last Saturday, a group of nine leaders from our church visited Grace Community Church for one of their Saturday night services. Grace Community Church is #47 of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Churches in the US in 2011 (weekly attendance growth from 500 to 1,800 since ’09). What was even more amazing to us was, […]

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The Elephant Room -Round 2

I am so excited to attend “The Elephant Room” this Wednesday (1/25) in New Jersey by way of simulcast. I’ll be traveling with my Executive Pastor (Josh Brossia), who introduced me to The Elephant Room last year. We have watched, re-watched and watched again the DVD from the first Elephant Room, used them for leadership […]

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Living The Dream

As we celebrate and reflect back on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, I can’t help but think about how much he impacted my life and ministry. When I was a young pastor, I was challenged by and older pastor to read the book, “A Testament Of Hope”. While doing so, God […]

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Dying to Preach

Today, as I sit in my office, I find myself slowly dying. My message (sermon) is done for Sunday, in fact, I’ve already studied too much for it. I’m too prepared, and that only makes my current condition all the worse. I’ve been preaching for a long time now, but the truth is the preparation […]

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Today We Remember

We’re setting aside our plans for this Sunday at VALLEY Christian Church to reflect and remember September 1, 2001. Our nation changed that day. We all changed that day. Just yesterday, I was speaking with a friend who was a school teacher for years in NYC. Twenty-six of his former students lost their lives on […]

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BIG Excitement About BIG Church

The summer is now officially over (after Labor Day weekend here in NY), the kids are heading back to school and the cool crisp temperatures of Fall are closing in. I am so excited about a new series that we are kicking-off this Sunday at VALLEY Christian Church called, “BIG Church”. Two thousand years ago, […]

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