Cultivating P.E.A.C.E. in Marriage

Several years ago, Gary Thomas wrote Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? It’s an interesting but for the most part foreign concept in our culture. Whether you are a family of faith who follows Christ or not, conflict in marriage can be exhausting. That’s […]

Overcoming Bad Habits

This past weekend at Salem, we explored an “old sin” of Abraham that resurfaced (see Genesis 12:10-20 and Genesis 20:1-18). Abraham probably thought this habitual sin had been buried. The lesson is that we must deal with our sin. When we fail to do so, hidden sin has a way of bursting our in our […]

Connecting with Others

Regardless of wealth or fame, if our friendships are poor life is generally miserable. Happiness is largely determined by our ability to connect with others and enjoy relationships. When Jesus began his public ministry, one of his first acts was to form a small group of men (Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 6:13).  Jesus spent the majority […]

How to Help Hurting People

The past few weeks throughout our church and community, many people are hurting.  They are hurting from the passing of someone they love. They are hurting from an unexpected medical diagnosis. They are hurting from relational wounds. People are hurting. Throughout my short time in ministry, I have had the humble opportunity to walk beside […]

Stepping Out in Faith 1.0

Have you ever been skydiving? I haven’t had the opportunity yet. However, I did experience indoor skydiving several years ago. It looks easy. The instructors brief the group on the basic techniques and hand signs to communicate adjustments needed as you dive. My bride went first between the two of us. She was perfect. She […]