Pastor Doug's Blog

Freedom in Christ

Taylor isn’t a fan of constraint. At 16 she had a highly developed reflex when it came to rules, guidelines, or expectations…..she did the opposite. She isn’t sure where this reflex came from. Maybe it was because she was strong willed, or maybe she got it from her...

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Fight for Your Legacy

Fight club is a challenge for men to engage in the fight for who they are called to be in the eyes of God. Real men, make a real difference, in the lives of every person around them. Families, churches, friendships, cities and nations require men being real men in...

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Fight For Your Family

What gives a young person the greatest potential to live a good life? Is it education? Wealth? Travel experiences? Good friends? Freedom from disease? All research points to one thing: a healthy family. Family, there is nothing that can bring you more joy and...

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Fight for Adventure

“When a great adventure is offered, you don’t refuse it.” – Amelia Earhart. The most neglected value in today’s modern world is living life to the fullest. The passion to experience life as an adventure, to eschew a boring, mundane, sniveling existence. When we are...

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Fight for Real Love

If you will allow me, I would like to drop a nuclear truth bomb in your lap: When it comes to love, men are really confused. Really Confused! Why? Since no one models what it means to be a real man who loves in a real way, it is left to society, religion, and women...

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Fighting for Character

All men fight. The question is what are you fighting for? If you are trying to prove to yourself whether you are a man or not, then most likely you will be fighting to see who is the most macho, who can catch the most women, make the most money, or hit the longest...

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The Forgotten Man

Every great civilization was built on the mobilization of men. As far back as the Kushites, civilizations learned to overcome the natural tendency of men to act like boys….selfish, brutish, irresponsible, and lazy. Through a process of structure and discipline boys...

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Whatever We Honor is What We Value

In today’s world we no longer honor women for being women. Society values women for acting like men. In the process, the wonderful and unique qualities that only a women brings to the world are lost. Their beauty, feminine qualities, passions, and values are critical...

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Where Are You Going?

Where are you going? It’s a great question. Every person answers this question in a different way. Some follow themselves……”just follow your heart” or follow others…Dave Matthews Band says, “I do know, where you go is where I wanna be.” or a cause…“I am an activist!”...

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Essence of Heaven

A father and son were out fishing. It was a beautiful sunny day on the edge of the lake. The father loved these times because his boy would settle down and actually think. Sometimes their conversations were fun, and other times they were serious, he never knew which...

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Heaven

Viktor Frankl was a German trained psychiatrist in the 30’s and 40’s. He was a brilliant psychoanalyst with a thriving practice. He was fortunate enough to be consider a leader in his field. Unfortunately, he was Jewish and lived in Germany. He was arrested and thrown...

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Jesus Center of the Universe

In June of last summer I stood out and looked over the largest stadium ever built in human history. It could seat 250,000 people and even though the seats were no longer there, the scale of the stadium was spectacular. Its location also spoke to its importance. Circus...

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How Did We Get Here?

I’m not talking about your parentage, brith order, or your ancestral immigration status. How did our world get to where it is today? The world you live in is vastly different than the last golden age of human history. Today, Western Civilization encompasses North...

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Legacy

All families have legacies. They leave a mark on future generations. They may be simple- like a special Christmas tradition or they may be significant like a family farm. Some families leave legacies that are emotionally dysfunctional. Other families leave legacies of...

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Loving Your Family

Kevin grew up with a troubled relationship with his dad. His dad left his mom when he was 8 years old and he lived primarily with his mom. His dad exercised his custody pretty sporadically. Kevin got involved in sports and really took to it. Looking back he realized...

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What’s Up with Parents

I know that you and I have at least one thing in common. We both have parents. What we don’t have in common is the quality of our parents. Parents come in all shapes and sizes and they also come with variable levels of quality and value. Some parents accept their...

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Slow Down

"Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last. Just kicking down the cobble stones. Looking for fun and feelin' groovy." Paul Simon - The 59th Street Bridge Song (feelin' Groovy) What really makes us happy? On the one hand, we have learned that...

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Our Tendency to Worship

Airbnb is a great tool, if you know how to use it. As we were traveling through the Southern part of Western Europe we used it quite often. You can find really great gems or you can experience severe disappointment. When you realize that the place looks like nothing...

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Where Does Success In Life Come From?

You are young and wondering how to be successful life. Where does success come from? Research shows if you do four things, you will have the highest chance of being successful in life: Finish school, get married, have kids after you get married, and stay married. If...

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Relationship Goals and Regrets

Are you single? Are you married? Are you single again and would like a relationship? It does not matter what stage in your life you find yourself, your current relationship goals will be influenced heavily by your past relationships. Your mistakes, your failures, even...

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Relationship Goals and Sex

He came to me looking for answers. Thirty-two years old and separated from his second wife, he wanted to know why his relationships weren’t working out. “What do you think it is?” “My wife and my ex say I have intimacy issues.” he said. “What do they mean by that?”...

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