A God-sized Ask



This morning I read these words: “If one day we are to have a conversation with God about the measure of our lives, I would rather have Him ask me why I tried to do so much than have Him ask me why I settled for so little. God can do and desires to do far more than we could ever ask or imagine. We simply are not able to offend Him by making our asks too big.” -Erwin McManus


For the rest of the day I am re-evaluating my prayers and plans.




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This morning I began a list of the dizzying array of things Jacque and I have to be thankful for this year.

Included on that list is the privilege of being a part of the Cypress tribe.

Thank you for the joy of being your pastor.

Thank you for your tenacious commitment to be the hands and feet of Jesus in Haiti and Kenya.

Thank you for throwing your arms wide open to everyone who steps into our space and welcoming them home.

Thank you for giving generously so others may experience faith, hope and love.

Thank you for your eager willingness to boldly take steps of faith in following Jesus.

Thank you for loving Jacque and I (through all my short-comings and quirks) for the last 36.5 years.


Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours…may you reflect deeply on all of who our God is and has done for you, and may it fill your soul with gratitude. As Maya Angelou once said: “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”


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Headline News



Everyday this week we have woken up to the news of yet another politician, Hollywood mogul, movie star, business tycoon, or some man in power who has been accused of sexually harassing, exploiting or violating a woman or young girl. Ugh…

If true, a horrible thing to inflict on another human. If not true, a horrible thing to be accused of.

Sometimes I wonder about the men sweating bullets right now in dumbstruck horror that their past or present abuse will be exposed to the world.

There was an elder at Cypress who whenever we had a decision to make where there were options in the gray area, she would say…”Let’s only make a decision we would be comfortable with if it became the front page headline of the Tampa Bay Times”.

Good advice…and you will sleep better and sweat less bullets.




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The Boat is Dry

For more than a handful of years Jacque and I have passed by a boat sitting on a trailer in a driveway as we take our daily jaunt. The owner has refurbished, updated, painted and done  everything else to it. It’s beautiful. The one thing the owner has not done is put it in the water and used it. There may be any number of good reasons why…but aren’t boats made to be sailed?


So one night this week upon getting home from our jaunt, I reviewed the number of opportunities, relationships, and resources in my life that are like that very beautiful but very dry boat. Life is best when it’s lived…fully.


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Break the Huddle



Huddles don’t win super-bowls. They are won by how well the team executes the play called in the huddle.

The world is not a better place because of great ideas. Things improve only as someone champions the cause.

Your life is not more meaningful because of good intentions. People who are fully alive are the ones who take action.

Today…today…if not today then when?



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