TO SCHOOL OR NOT TO SCHOOL-- THAT IS THE QUESTION
on August 2nd, 2020
As a parent of seven children and having been raised in a household with an educator, I completely understand the importance of face-to-face interaction between teachers and students.  The connection between teacher and student is the glue that often shapes the framework for healthy growth and development of children and adolescents.All of us have stories about those special teachers that helped u...  Read More
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THERE IS A 'NEXT' STORM COMING IF WE DON'T MAKE 'NOW' CHANGES
on June 28th, 2020
There is no dispute among healthcare workers on the front lines, public health workers in the trenches and infectious disease experts in the lab, that America's “broken“ response to the novel coronavirus created a 'perfect storm' of calamity.Granted, humans are inherently social creatures and the physical, emotional and economic impact of over three months of “lock down“ will not be fully manifest...  Read More
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MOVING FORWARD IN THE COVID-ERA-- YOUNG PEOPLE HOLD THE KEY
on June 25th, 2020
AS COVID-19 CASES RE-SURGE & LEADERSHIP FAILS, TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS HOLD THE KEY     - But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, 'I am too young.'  You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I give to you to say to them.  Do not be afraid, because I am always with you and will keep you safe," declares the Lord.  "I have put My Words in your mouth.  Today I appoint you over nations and ki...  Read More
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CANCELING CHURCH AS USUAL-- PART 3 (WALKING THROUGH GOD'S OPEN DOOR)
on March 23rd, 2020
     'I know your deeds.  See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.        I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my Word and have not denied       my name.'  (Revelation 3:8, NIV)The purpose of this blog, to be clear, is to encourage churches within jurisdictions where churches still have choice, to shut down all on-campus activities until it is determined ...  Read More
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CANCELING CHURCH AS USUAL-- PART 2 (YOU ARE THE CHURCH)
on March 21st, 2020
     - Matthew 16:18 (NIV)There is evidence from the Book of Acts that the early church began to gather together in the houses of Believers.  As the gatherings grew, we find that in cities like Rome, larger spaces were either acquired or erected to accommodate growing congregations.  Though the gatherings increased in size and the fixed locations allowed individuals to congregate, it was the WORK ...  Read More
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DON'T SINK IN THE QUICKSAND
on March 20th, 2020
     - Psalm 40:2 Perhaps you have seen the movies where explorers, adventurers or treasure hunters, while wandering through the wilderness, will encounter a mix of water, salt and mud, called quicksand.Quicksand is dangerous, because on the surface it looks solid, and by the time you realize that it is not, you are already stuck and sinking. The molecular characteristics of quicksand are such tha...  Read More
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CANCELING CHURCH AS USUAL-- PART 1 (GOD EQUIPS & THEN EXPECTS COMMON SENSE)
on March 19th, 2020
‘Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have wisdom, I have power’ (Psalm 8:14)Over the last week, heeding the recommendations of local public health officials, the CDC and WHO, many churches (EmPGH included) canceled on-campus and in-building activities. Many extended these cancellations to include Sunday worship encounters… many however did not.  As the situation “on the ground“ continues to ...  Read More
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YOU ARE A SUPER-LIVER!
on March 18th, 2020
  - Pslam 118:17 (NIV)God's intent is not for you to simply 'make it'.  God desires for you to be victorious.  His will for your victory is so strong that He will prepare, position and equip you with all that you need so that you can endure the often difficult journey from your painful 'now' to your promised 'next' in order to receive the full manifestation of that victory.  God will align people ...  Read More
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S L O W D O W N...
on March 16th, 2020
     - Psalm 46:10 (NIV)It’s amazing how the brain works during times of fight–or–flight stress.  Often survivors will report that “it was like things were moving in slow motion“.  In cognitive interviews following trauma, this phenomenon allows for a recounting of even the smallest of details and differences despite the intensity of the trauma.During this times of uncertainty, God encouraging eac...  Read More
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YOU HAVE THE POWER
on February 26th, 2020
— Ephesians 3:20This world has gotten so upside down, convoluted and dysfunctional, that playing “small“ and settling for victim status have become the rule and not the exception. You however have a “trump“ card, which is that God has made you a masterpiece. He even says so in His Word, and reaffirms it throughout Scripture. You are special, and endowed with certain Kingdom benefits and Kingdom 's...  Read More
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IT'S NOT OVER
on February 24th, 2020
— Hebrews 12:1-2Athletes from every sport and at every level of competition will tell you that there are times when the competition does not go as planned.Sometimes we are outmanned, outmaneuvered, and simply outcoached. In sports, there are sometimes critical moments that cause a series of events to unfold that force us to play from behind.But any seasoned athlete or coach will tell you that the ...  Read More
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TIME OUT
on February 21st, 2020
— Mark 6:46There are moments, within the intensity of competition, we are the rules of play enable an athlete or team to call a time-out. This allows a brief moment where the competition is suspended and the individual or team is given a chance to re-group.  During this brief period of time and space, players are often able to confer directly with the coach.As Kingdom workers and citizens, sometim...  Read More
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