I’m sure we’ve all heard this word before, but how many of us actually know what it means?  Shalom (שָׁלוֹם) is a Hebrew word meaning peace, completeness, prosperity, and welfare and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye.  Of those definitions, which one of them stands out to you? Who knew that one word could have so … Continue Reading Shalom?

Are Legacies Passé?

Consider waking up today and knowing that it is your last day on planet earth.  What would you do with your day?  What mark would you like to leave with your friends and family?  Is the legacy you leave behind something worth remembering or are legacies passe (old-fashioned)?  This is … Continue Reading Are Legacies Passé?


Today our homes and the families that live within them are bombarded with busyness.  We go from one function to the next and somehow manage to keep our physical bodies together just long enough to get a meager amount of rest (Third Commandment).  It’s one thing to be organized and … Continue Reading Explore

Sermon on the Mount

“In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus instructs His disciples to be people of their word. He teaches that our “yes” and “no” should be words of integrity. He instructs us to do what we say we will do so that our words carry unquestionable credibility. This is a foundational … Continue Reading Sermon on the Mount

Sticky Faith

I would like to share a foreword to the book, Sticky Faith as a launching pad for today’s youth here at First Lutheran as well as in the community of Charlotte. Tom is a high school freshman at our church who is similar to others his age.  He loves sports … Continue Reading Sticky Faith

Godly friends…

“I was wrong, everybody needs someone, to hold on Take my hand, I’ve been a lonesome man, took a while to understand There’s some things we can’t live without, A man’s so prone to doubt, Faithful are the wounds from friends. So give it just a little time, Share some … Continue Reading Godly friends…

Are You Present?…

We have so many things pulling at us on a daily basis.  I wonder why we didn’t see these distractions coming?  It’s as if we were looking to get away from our mental reality and move on to something “better” – something that allowed us to become numb and indifferent … Continue Reading Are You Present?…